28.3.08

Slow Food Movement


"What's the hurry dear? Eat your food slowly. Chew it well before you swallow it."

These are some advices we give to our younger generation when they are growing up. We all know that chewing your food aids in digestion. But seriously why are we in a rush to finish off our meals? Food is cooked and meant to be enjoyed. Not for shuffling down our throats. That is why the lovers of food has created the Slow Food Movement.

The Slow Food International believes in
"that everyone has a fundamental right to pleasure and consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of food, tradition and culture that make this pleasure possible."


What is Slow Food? Slow Food is good, clean and fair food.

Slow Food International believes that
"the food we eat should taste good; that it should be produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health; and that food producers should receive fair compensation for their work."

Basically all of us should enjoy food as it is. Appreciating the source of the food - nature. Food is not just a means to keep us alive. Food is about fulfilling our senses too.

Take the humble apple as an example. The scent of the apple satisfies your sense of smell. A subtle and sweet fragrance that we humans are not able to mimick in our laboratories. The red colour of the skin tells you how nature has nurtured this fruit (but also every single one) in its care to give it that glow. The difference in the texture between the smooth exterior and the juicy flesh makes you wonder how this little beauty is created. When you bit into the apple, the goodness of nature bursts in your mouth. How could you rush through all these fulfilling moments in life?

Of course as the organisation believes in, food producers should be fairly compensated for their labour. My mum used to tell me when I was growing up to appreciate every single grain of rice. Though now probably machines have replaced human labour for harvesting the grains, every single rice plant is the fruit of labour of farmers toiling in the padi fields. Taking pride in their work; getting their feet soaked in muddy waters to plant each crop; taking care of every plant for months so that the best grains can be harvested and end up on our dining table. So I am not wrong to suggest that every grain of rice is the result of hard work.

Here's the link to the organisation - Slow Food International.
Love your food. Enjoy the pleasure of eating.


2 comments:

Amelia said...

I eat slow too, and then I feel full faster. We tend to feel full after 20 minutes. Boo! I want a HUGE appetite for my Bangkok trip!

SheR. said...

Yeah. Those who eat slower do not gain weight. :P