Your Own Slow Foods Movement
We know what fast food is (McDonald’s for example), but what is slow food? Slow food is the name of a world-wide movement that wants to remind people that non-processed, local, seasonal foods without artificial ingredients are the best tasting and most nutritious choices.
Is True Citrus a slow food or a fast food? Good question. True Lemon, True Lime, True Orange and True Grapefruit are fast in that you can take them anywhere and use them in seconds instead of cutting and squeezing fruit.
But they’re slow in that they are all-natural, with no artificial ingredients or preservatives. So we’ll go with slow.
Until around 1940 most food was “slow” because it was grown without today’s industrial, high-yield agriculture. What you got then was mostly local and seasonal – not from all over the globe.
Also back then most food was not processed and packaged. Back then, if you wanted to eat something, you usually had to make it. But then artificial preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup came along that gave products long shelf-lives, and “slow” quickly changed to fast.
The Slow Food movement aims to give a voice to small-scale farmers practicing sustainable agriculture or making handcrafted food, to preserve traditional and regional cuisine and encourage local farming of fruits, vegetables and livestock.
How can your food be slow?
When you buy local or organic at your supermarket, or buy from a local farm stand or farmer’s market or even from a bakery that doesn’t use artificial ingredients, you are getting a slow food. Yes, buying slow food means you’ll have to prepare it yourself, which takes precious time. But for nutrition and taste, slow beats fast by a mile.
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