Slow Food Manifesto
which began and has developed under the insignia of industrial
civilization, first invented the machine and then took it as its
life model. We are enslaved by speed and have all succumbed to the
same insidious virus: Fast Life, which disrupts our habits, pervades
the privacy of our homes and forces us to eat Fast Foods. To be
worthy of the name, Homo Sapiens should rid himself (sic) of speed
before it reduces him to a species in danger of extinction.
A firm defence
of quiet material pleasure is the only way to oppose the universal
folly of Fast Life. May suitable doses of guaranteed sensual
pleasure and slow, long-lasting enjoyment preserve us from the
contagion of the multitude who mistake frenzy for efficiency.
should begin at the table with Slow Food. Let us rediscover the
flavours and savours of regional cooking and banish the degrading
effects of Fast Food. In the name of productivity, Fast Life has
changed our way of being and threatens our environment and our
landscapes. So Slow Food is now the only truly progressive answer.
That is what real culture is all about: developing taste rather than
demeaning it. And what better way to set about this than an
international exchange of experiences, knowledge, projects?
guarantees a better future. Slow Food is an idea that needs plenty
of qualified supporters who can help turn this (slow) motion into an
international movement, with the little snail as its symbol.
November 9th, 1989, at the Opera Comique Paris by
delegates from 15 countries.
Visit the Slow
Food website: www.slowfood.com
the English-language home base of the Slow Food movement. Italian
and French versions can be accessed through this same website.
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