Slow Food USA—part of the global Slow Food network—consists of over 100,000 members across over 150 countries. Dedicated to a better, cleaner, and fairer future of food, Slow Food’s mission is good, clean, and fair food for all.
Barone Pizzini and Pievalta are incredibly passionate about organic and sustainable wines, and we were lucky enough to speak with someone from Slow Food USA who shares our values.
Megan Larmer, current Director of Strategy and Community of Slow Food USA and previously the Manager of Biodiversity Programs, holds an MA in food anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and is founding board member of the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project. She gave us some quality insight about the basics of what slow food really is and how you can be a part of it.
Barone Pizzini Pievalta: The Slow Food movement started in Italy and has become an international phenomenon. Do Italian producers still play a leading role in the promotion of products that are good, clean, and fair?
Megan Larmer: In Italy, they certainly do.
BPP: Adjusting your lifestyle and eating habits can be incredibly challenging. What would you suggest to a person who is interested in making a change to incorporate good, clean, and fair products into his or her life but doesn’t know where to begin?
ML: Taking the first steps is as simple as thinking about where your food comes from, reading labels of origin, going to the farmers market, learning how to cook something for yourself, and taking the time to enjoy a meal with friends and family rather than rushing through it in front of the computer or television. Follow Slow Food USA on social media, sign up for our newsletter, and connect with your local chapter to begin the journey of learning how to do Slow Food.
BPP: How can US consumers who care about the values of good, clean, and fair drink wine in accordance with these principles?
ML: Wine is a complicated product and business, so it is worth taking the time to find a wine shop you enjoy with a knowledgeable staff who will be willing to help you to understand the story of each wine and how it is produced so that you can explore wines that are produced in good, clean, fair ways.
BPP: What is your vision for spreading the Slow Food values in the USA in 2016?
ML: Continuing to work with people from across the country and world to build community around food that is good, clean, and fair for all.
BPP: Thanks so much.
This interview has been condensed and edited.
Images courtesy of Slow Food USA.