What is Slow Food?

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast food and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us.

From its beginnings, Slow Food has grown into a global movement involving millions of people in over 160 countries, working to ensure everyone has access to good, clean and fair food.

Slow Food believes food is tied to many other aspects of life, including culture, politics, agriculture and the environment. Through our food choices we can collectively influence how food is cultivated, produced and distributed, and change the world as a result.

Slow Food envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet.

Our approach is based on a concept of food that is defined by three interconnected principles: good, clean and fair.

Find the full definition in the Slow Food Manifesto for Quality


Believe in delicious nutrition as a right for everyday life.

Cultivate joyful connections to community and place.

Advocate for diversity in ecosystems and societies


Protect natural resources for future generations

Help people and the environment depend on each other

Promote food that is local, seasonal, and sustainably grown


Build local cooperation and global collaboration while respecting all laws

Require no prerequisite or credential for participation

Fight for dignity of labor from field to fork