Carlo Petrini burst upon the world scene in 1986, founding Slow Food in Barolo, Italy and creating headlines across the globe with his protest against the opening of the first McDonald’s at the foot of the Spanish Steps in the Piazza di Spagna, Rome.
Alarmed by the declining quality of the food he saw around him and the industrialization of the Italian food supply, Petrini and his compatriots sought to bring back the culinary and agricultural traditions left behind in the course dramatic post-World War II economic growth in Italy.
Over a quarter century later, the Slow Food movement has grown to include over 100,000 members in 100 countries and continues employing a holistic approach in its fight for a better food and agricultural system. They’re battling not only for higher quality food, but also for better soil to support future generations, for the protection of our natural environment and improving our health, and for a fair wage for farmers’ work.
Photo credit: Bruno Cordioli