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Slow Food USA Membership Benefits:

Any donation of $60 or more makes you a member of Slow Food USA. Membership includes an exclusive Slow Food USA member card, discounts on Slow Food-related events, weekly Food News email digest & members-only magazine twice a year (April and Oct).

Our History


What We Do

Slow Food USA is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to supporting and celebrating the food traditions of North America through programs and activities dedicated to Taste Education, Defending Biodiversity and Building Food Communities. Slow Food USA believes that pleasure and quality in everyday life can be achieved by slowing down, respecting the convivial traditions of the table and celebrating the diversity of the earth's bounty. From the spice of Cajun cooking to the delicious simplicity of produce at a farmers' market; from animal breeds and heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables to handcrafted wine and beer, farmhouse cheeses and other artisanal products; these foods are a part of our cultural identity. They reflect generations of commitment to the land and devotion to the processes that yield the greatest achievements in taste. These foods, and the communities that produce and depend on them, are constantly at risk of succumbing to the effects of the fast life, which manifests itself through the industrialization and standardization of our food supply and degradation of our farmland. By reviving the pleasures of the table, and using our taste buds as our guides, Slow Food USA believes that our food heritage can be saved. Our goal is to put the carriers of this heritage on center stage and educate our membership about the importance of these principles. We hope you will join us. Slow Food U.S.A. oversees Slow Food activities in North America, including the support and promotion of the activities of more than 170 chapters that carry out the Slow Food mission on a local level. Each chapter offers educational events and public outreach that promote taste education, that advocate sustainability and biodiversity and that connect producers and �co-producers.� For more information on our programs, please visit our Programs page. History of the Movement In 1986, the founding father of the Slow Food Movement, Carlo Petrini recognized that the industrialization of food was standardizing taste and leading to the annihilation of thousands of food varieties and flavors. He wanted to reach out to consumers and demonstrate to them that they have choices over fast food and supermarket homogenization. He rallied his friends and his community, and began to speak out at every available opportunity about the effects of a fast culture. Soon after, Petrini realized that in order to keep those alternative food choices alive, it was imperative to be an eco-gastronomic movement�one that is ecologically minded and concerned with sustainability and sees the connection between the plate and the planet. With the preservation of taste at the forefront, he sought to support and protect small growers and artisanal producers, support and protect the physical environment, and promote biodiversity. Today, the organization that Petrini and his colleagues founded is active in over 100 countries and has a worldwide membership of over 80,000. Slow Food Editore Slow Food International also runs a publishing company, Slow Food Editore, which specializes in tourism, food and wine. The central theme of all Slow Food publications is the vital relationship between ecology and gastronomy - neither of which can exist without the other. The library now contains about 40 titles and houses Slow, the award-winning quarterly herald of taste and culture, available in five languages: Italian, English, French, German and Spanish.

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