Carlo Petrini, the brainchild of the international Slow Food movement, realized his culinary calling writing restaurant reviews for communist newspapers in Italy and tussling with McDonald's over opening locations in the historic piazzas (city squares) of many Italian cities in the 1980's. Continuing his work for the next two decades, in 2004, the Slow Food movement hosted the first Terra Madre (Mother Earth) conference in Turin, where over 5,000 delegates from over 130 countries attended to discuss and ponder the relationships between food producers, cooks, scientists, and farmers. Now another decade later, the Slow Food movement has revolutionized gastronomic scenes in Italy and is proliferating throughout the world, bringing together the "players in the food chain who together support sustainable agriculture, fishing, and breeding with the goal of preserving taste and biodiversity."
Slow Food is Revolutionizing the Gastronomic Landscape of Italy
...Although it has yet to reach the tourism superpower that is North Korea.
We here at Auto Europe are big advocates of green and sustainable travel, and we know the sometimes the mere fact of traveling unavoidably adds to your carbon footprint (a round-trip flight to Europe doubles the average person's carbon footprint for the year!), so we're huge advocates of tenable travel and tourism opportunities that means more (and better) travel in the future, while not sacrificing the luxuries we're seeking while on vacation. How do you get that perfect balance for your upcoming vacation? We recommend a trip to Piedmont, Italy, the home of the slow food movement, and specifically a cruise through Bra, the capital of the Slow Food movement and the home of the University of Gastronomic Sciences of Italy, a truly one-of-a-kind institution focusing on bridging the gap between food producers and consumers.
The objectives of the Slow Food movement and the values espoused by the University of Gastronomic Sciences are many, including spreading awareness about the risks and drawbacks of fast food and factory farming, promoting organic farming and small-scale production, and spreading the belief that everyone has a right to good, clean, and fair food. In regards to your vacation plans, the "Ark of Taste", or the idea that ecoregions ought to promote and celebrate traditional foods and agricultural methodologies, is your key to enjoying a truly unique Italian food experience while in Bra or elsewhere in Piedmont.
Slow Trips Promote Health, Hapiness, Tranquility, and Responsible Fun!
The Slow Food movement and its adherents believe that how we produce and eat food characterizes our society and way of life, the movement also seeks to combat the "fast life" phenomena, which "enslaves humans with speed, disrupts our habits, pervades the privacy of our homes, and forces us to eat fast foods." Once again, the trick to ensuring your vacation isn't caught up in the "fast life" is to embrace the "slow" lifestyle and planning a "slow" trip, by utilizing the extensive travel resources available to you.
One can easily plan their vacation around the slow life and enjoy the luxuries of a rural vacation at a picturesque vineyard or farm which also embraces the Slow Fod movement and the health benefits it brings.
This writer's preferred "slow trip" certainly revolves around the Slow Food movement, consider a wine therapy tour at a luxurious vineyard estate.
An organically grown grape is among the most powerful free radical fighters and natural medicines, the pulp of the grape is rich in antioxidants that promote cell regeneration and detoxifies the skin.
Who knew one could encounter medical therapy, wine-sipping, environmental responsibility, and enjoy a magnificent vacation at the same time?
Make your next vacation a slow one, and you'll find the possibilities are quite endless.