Thursday, September 06, 2007

Slow Food

I recently read about the Slow Food movement. Now, I don't know that I support all their distaste for agri-business (I'm pretty glad that I don't have to grow my own corn), but their determination to enjoy good food is a pretty great cause!

They even have an Ark of Taste!

U.S. Ark of Taste

Saving Cherished Slow Foods, One Product at a Time

  • Click here to view the full list of USA Ark of Taste Products.
  • Click here for a list of US Ark-Presidia Committee Members

The Ark of Taste came into being in Italy, at the first Salone del Gusto in Turin in 1996. A year later, in Serralunga d'Alba, a Manifesto was drawn up to define its objectives. The Ark seeks, first and foremost, to save an economic, social and cultural heritage - a universe of animal breeds, fruit and vegetables, cured meats, cheese, cereals, pastas, cakes and confectionery.

Our mission is to preserve endangered tastes - and to celebrate them, by introducing them to the membership and then to the world, through media, public relations, and Slow Food events. Nominations for Ark products can now be made online.

On a personal note: My problem with these great movements/organizations, is that they almost without fail miss the whole issue of giftedness. In their rush to preserve community (a good thing), they forget that part of what community is all about is each of the gifts that the Lord has given us--so why not let the farmer farm, the baker bake, and the teacher teach, and I will enjoy the fruits of their much more skilled efforts than any paltry attempts of my own.

To be fair, this particular organization does seem to value the farmers' own contributions, without feeling the need to preach about growing and grinding our own grains.

1 comment:

WondrousPilgrim said...

yeah. stewardship. giftedness. after all, everything we have whether we make it ourselves or not is a gift.