There are a lot of health problems associated with fast food. If you’ve seen the movie Super Size Me, you know that a diet of fast food almost killed the man. An article “Why Fast Food is Bad for You” put it this way:
“It places you at risk of strokes from high blood pressure, type II diabetes from irregular blood sugar levels, heart attacks from raised LDL cholesterol levels, cancer of the colon because it cannot process the waste products properly, more frequent illness as your immune system is compromised and a greater chance of contracting other cancers as your levels of antioxidants is so low”
So what’s the answer? Slow food! Slow Food is good, clean and fair food. This non-profit organization founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, believes that the food we eat should taste good; that it should be produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health; and that food producers should receive fair compensation for their work.
Concerned with the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat (like where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world) they began a movement founded upon the concept of eco-gastronomy – a recognition of the strong connections between plate and planet.
Slow Food believes the enjoyment of excellent food and drink should be combined with efforts to save the countless traditional grains, vegetables, fruits, animal breeds and food products that are disappearing due to the prevalence of convenience food and industrial agribusiness.
They’ve spearheaded several successful campaigns to raise awareness about food issues over the years. Read more on their Slow Food & Terra Madre Newsletter or at Sloweb!