for a Better Future
Slow Food has been involved for many years in the fields of agriculture and food production, distribution and consumption.
Its philosophy is based on a set of values and goals-biodiversity, sustainability, the conservation of natural resources, inclusive development-which it believes should lay the foundations for new European policies.
Slow Food wants to see a Europe with an agrifood system more sensitive to local products, the cultures of its territory and community needs.
Its goals are:
- a deeper understanding of ecosystems and careful management of natural resources-air, land, water and biodiversity;
- recognition of the fact that neither rural nor urban environments can enjoy harmonious development independently;
- the creation of networks of rural communities, bound not only to their own environments and cultures, but also to urban populations and academic and scientific institutions;
- aware urban communities capable not only of organizing themselves and connecting with surrounding rural communities, but also growing and producing some of their own food;
- support to young people to encourage them to play a central role in agriculture and food production;
- new formulas for the transmission of traditional knowledge and forms of artistic and linguistic expression;
- universities and scientific institutions capable of enhancing local ecosystems by supplementing traditional knowledge with innovative techniques;
- recognition of the value and dignity of the small-scale farming and fishing professions;
- strong local identities and cultures, the building blocks of European identity and culture.
Slow Food intends to achieve these goals using a holistic approach. Meaning that each should be seen as single pieces of a larger mosaic, each as interdependent elements of an overall strategy.