Slow Food USA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local farmers and regional food producers. And they think too many of us suffer from "Fast Life," which just might put us in the same camp as the dodo bird if we don't take time to stop and chop the parsley.
Carlo Petrini started the Slow Food Movement in 1986 when he recognized supermarkets and fast food chains were changing people's relationship to food. Instead of being the language that crosses all cultural barriers, food was being reduced to fuel.
He must have hit a nerve because the organization is now active in 45 countries, 65,000 members strong. And Slow Food USA now has projects cropping up in local schools.
Like at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, California, you'll find the Edible Schoolyard. Students plant and harvest vegetables and herbs in an organic garden that's part of the school's academic curriculum and lunch program. The students learn to prepare, cook and serve meals in kitchen-style classrooms and then sit down to enjoy what they have created. They talk, they laugh, the very things Carlo Petrini knew food was meant to do: promote a sense of community and an appreciation for the earth's good gifts.
Similar programs are popping up all over the country introducing kids to food in its most natural state. If you'd like to find out if they're in operation near you or learn more about Slow Food USA, we'll provide the link at Tesh .com.