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What is Slow Food:

Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.

Slow Food Kansas City, a local convivium, focuses on food, local growers and the food preparation practices within different cultures.  Slow Food teaches us about choice and season — choosing food produced in season for the prime taste in the food you eat.  Slow Food not only attempts to preserve authentic ingredients in food preparation, but is also dedicated to maintaining traditions which are sometimes centuries old.  Part of this new interest in locally grown, seasonable fare is that the people of Kansas City want the option to choose local, sometimes organic foods.  This desire has generated interest in and support for farmers markets, restaurant tastings of an array of food and wine and other local offerings in our area.  We welcome you.

Slow Food USA Mission Statement:

Slow Food USA seeks to create dramatic and lasting change in the food system. We reconnect Americans with the people, traditions, plants, animals, fertile soils and waters that produce our food. We seek to inspire a transformation in food policy, production practices and market forces so that they ensure equity, sustainability and pleasure in the food we eat.

Good, Clean and Fair Food

Good:
The word good can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. For Slow Food, the idea of good means enjoying delicious food created with care from healthy plants and animals. The pleasures of good food can also help to build community and celebrate culture and regional diversity.

Clean:
When we talk about clean food, we are talking about nutritious food that is as good for the planet as it is for our bodies. It is grown and harvested with methods that have a positive impact on our local ecosystems and promote biodiversity.

Fair:
We believe that food is a universal right. Food that is fair should be accessible to all, regardless of income, and produced by people who are treated with dignity and justly compensated for their labor.