Over thirty years ago, a group of Italians gathered in Rome to protest a fast food franchise that was opening at the base of the iconic Spanish Steps. Instead of throwing rocks and yelling, the activists brought a huge bowl of pasta and shared it with the crowd that gathered, chanting: We don’t want fast food. We want Slow Food!  

That gathering was the birth of the Slow Food movement. It highlighted the significance of supporting local farmers, the importance of food culture worldwide, and the value of gathering around a table to connect with one another around food.  Learn more through the Slow Food Manifesto

Today, Slow Food is a global movement involving millions of people in over 160 countries, with 150 chapters in the United States to inspire individuals and communities to change the world through food that is good, clean and fair for all.


We believe that our everyday choices, starting with what we eat and feed others, can contribute to a better future for the generations to come.


Food represents a common language and universal right. We envision a world in which all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it and good for the planet

Our Vision in Action through five principles:

  1. Cultivate community and connection
  2. Restore biodiversity
  3. Celebrate food cultures
  4. Defend social and economic equality
  5. Protect the environment


Our Mission is Good, Clean and Fair food for all:


  • 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 that 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
  • Advocate for dignity of labor from field to fork