Over the years, many American families have come to rely on fast food in order to get the nutrition that their family needs. It is quick and convenient, and it fits in well with the busy lifestyles that many Americans have. Unfortunately, this type of eating is not healthy, which is a major problem since many Americans eat fast food multiple times a week. Most of the menu features heavily processed food, and many of the people who consume it have no idea where it comes from or what is in it. The oils, fats, and sodium can ruin any diet and make it difficult to stay full and satisfied while still getting the nutrition that you need.
Luckily, there is a new movement emerging that seeks to counteract fast food and its unhealthy consequences. Called the Slow Food movement, it is becoming increasingly popular with nutritionists and families alike as they learn more about its goals and purposes. It is a plan that promotes healthy eating, fresh food, and spending time together during a meal rather than eating on the couch in front of the television or while on the go. It is a lifestyle like fast food culture, emphasizing not just what you eat but also how you eat, but it serves the opposite end. Instead of consuming easy-made, easy-eaten junk, the Slow Food movement devotes more time to eating so that you can make the effort to eat healthy and eat right.
The Slow food movement is a movement emphasizes regional and traditional cuisine. It was developed by Carlo Petrini in 1986, and it highly encourages farming, using natural livestock, and doing your part to benefit the local ecosystem. This is just a portion of the new Slow Movement--it has now expanded its efforts towards slowing down the hectic lifestyles that some families endure, so more people will take the time to enjoy their lives. The Slow Movement has grown to more than 100,000 members across 150 countries.
This movement was started in Italy when a McDonald’s was trying to open around the Spanish Steps in Rome in 1986. Many people saw this as an invasion of their culture. It was globalization and capitalism gone too far. This movement was slowly organized until it was signed into existence in 1989. The heart of this movement is to promote local foods, no matter where that might be. For example, those who live in America would enjoy the fruits and vegetables and grains from that country while those in Italy would enjoy the traditional fare found around them. It also holds that people should follow the traditions of their country when producing the food instead of having it mass-produced in the same way fast food is made.
Of course, there are some critics of this new idea as well as. One issue is that it is nearly impossible for most people to grow and prepare all of their own food. In order to be completely successful with this program in the literal sense, people would need to stay home and do all of the work, leaving no time for work or school or any other activities during the day. Most people in the movement realize this, and instead they strive grow what they can, then rely on local farmers or trusted grocers for the rest of their dietary needs.
Perhaps this is the beginning of a change in the way that Americans are eating. Sure, many people might not fully commit to this movement, but it could be a step in the right direction for families looking to start eating healthier in their everyday lives.
Laura Holt, for Agrilicious!