The origins of the Slow philosophy
Before “slow” became a life style, “Slow Food” was already used by Carlo PETRINI in 1989 to “counter” the massive “fast-food” expansion in Europe.
These ideas behind Slow Food are to promote:
- A return to a consumption of raw, local and home-made products (non-industrialized),
- A respect of the environment based on organic cultures,
- Protection and safeguard of biodiversity and variety,
- A good quality of products because “we are what we eat” (Ludwig FEUERBACH).
“Good, clean and fair” : eat Slow Food
These are the keywords of the Slow Food® organization:
- Good: thanks to the preservation of the products’ nutritive quality.
- Clean: products cultivated or raised respecting the environment and ecosystem.
- Fair: respect of fair-trade and business responsibility values.
Some ideas to eat Slow:
- Direct purchase from producers by going to markets or farms.
- Buy organic certified products.
- Eat, as much as possible, seasonal fruits and vegetables.
- Grow your own garden.
- Take time to cook and enjoy.
Slow Money: invest in the real economy…
…by investing in sustainable productions.
Woody TASCH introduces Slow Money with his book (Inquires into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered). He shows that the classical financial system isn’t adapted to the needs of organic agriculture anymore.
Slow Money is an alternative system and promotes limited profits. Unfortunately, our current system is based on Adam SMITH’s theories built around the idea that economical growth is unlimited thanks to an intensive overexploitation of planetary resources.
Adam Smith therories made sense when:
- Corporations were small and the world was big,
- Massive production aimed the level of life improvement.
- Resources and occupied spaces seemed infinite,
We can’t keep that pace anymore. We have to find new ways to beget progress.
From these ideas Ernest Friedrich SCHUMACHER developed the concept of “metaeconomy” and “natural capital” that take into account an important parameter: planetary resources are limited. (These 2 concepts will be further developed in an other article).
Develop the Slow Money project.
To slow down the financial flow and to bring the money back to the Earth, you can act! Here are some examples:
- Control what you buy. Consider yout purchases as an investment (for example, when you buy organic and local products).
- Help the SlowMoney foundation, or similar projects (crowd funding…).
- Prefer a regional bank that helps projects linked to ecology, local investment…
- Spread the word.
Personal thought about Slow Money.
I know that – today – organic products are still expensive. But I am convinced that the more we will develop fair-trade projects, the easier the access to this food will be.