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The Importance of Slowing Food Down with Giselle Kennedy Lord of Slow Food

Monday 6th January 2020

Discover the benefits of slow food and the importance of biodiversity with Giselle Kennedy Lord. Learn how to take the time to cook and eat a proper meal for your physical and mental health and our planet's biodiversity. Listen to the episode now on alcoholfree.com
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Slow Food: The Importance of Slowing Food Down with Giselle Kennedy Lord

I think if the priority is your own wellness and your own well-being, then it's important to cook a little bit, but also to consider, all right, if you're going to go out and eat, where are you choosing to eat and what are you choosing to buy?
In a world that values speed and convenience, it's easy to forget the importance of taking the time to slow down and appreciate the simple things in life. One of those simple things is food. In this episode of Unwasted: The Podcast, Imperfect Foods talks to Giselle Kennedy Lord from Slow Food USA about the benefits of slow food and the importance of biodiversity. Slow food is all about taking the time to cook and eat a proper meal, and it has huge benefits for our physical and mental health and our planet's biodiversity. It's about celebrating little wins and having powerful moments that feel joyful and moments of connectivity with other people. As Giselle explains, "If we don't have those moments, where do we draw our motivation?"
The history of fast food dates back to the early 1900s when the first fast food restaurants opened. Over time, the percentage of household income dedicated to food kept shrinking, leading to the rise of fast food. However, the environmental impact of fast food is major, and the food waste it generates is a big problem. Giselle explains that none of these were bad-intentioned efforts, but the consequences have been dire.
In contrast, slow food is all about taking the time to cook and eat a proper meal, which has huge benefits for our physical and mental health. By cooking our own food, we know exactly what we're putting into our bodies. It's also a great way to connect with other people. As Giselle explains, "I think modern Americans are chronically exhausted...there's part of me that wants to be like: get out of here, and part of me that's like: oh, we're all just enjoying this and we enjoy the smell and the act of doing it together."
Food culture is an integral part of our culture, and it's important to recognize its value. Food is a love language, and it can be a bridge and a building block for empathy. By learning about other cultures' food practices, we can humanize people and recognize that we're all just trying to make breakfast for our kids or make dinner after work. Giselle also stresses the importance of biodiversity, which is at risk due to our monoculture farming practices. The Slow Food movement is working hard to preserve biodiversity through initiatives like the Arc of Taste, which highlights food ingredients that are in danger of disappearing.
Regenerative agriculture is another important concept that Giselle discusses. This approach to farming aims to regenerate soil health, increase biodiversity, and improve ecosystem services. By using regenerative practices, we can reduce the environmental impact of agriculture and create a more sustainable food system. Giselle also talks about the importance of food justice and equity in the food system, which includes diversity, gender, and LGBTQ+ representation.
Reducing waste is a key component of the Slow Food movement. Giselle explains that food festivals are a big culprit for food waste, but Slow Food USA has been working hard to reduce waste at their events. They've also been rescuing food that would have otherwise gone to waste. By being mindful of our food choices and reducing waste, we can create a more sustainable food system that benefits everyone.
In summary, the Slow Food movement is all about taking the time to slow down and appreciate the simple things in life, like food. By cooking and eating a proper meal, we can improve our physical and mental health, connect with other people, and reduce our impact on the environment. It's also important to recognize the value of food culture, biodiversity, regenerative agriculture, and food justice and equity. So, next time you're thinking about grabbing fast food, remember the benefits of slow food and take the time to cook and enjoy a proper meal. Listen to the episode now on alcoholfree.com and discover more about the Slow Food movement.