Slow Food Principles


  • recognizing the interdependence of people with one another and with our environment
  • caring for the land and protecting biodiversity for today’s communities and future generations
  • promoting pure food that is local, seasonal and organically grown

Cultural Diversity

  • recognizing food as a language that expresses cultural diversity
  • preserving the myriad traditions of the table
  • cultivating and reinvigorating a sense of community and place

Pleasure and Quality in Everyday Life

  • celebrating the diverse expressions of our earth’s bounty
  • appreciating and encouraging creativity, passion and beauty
  • respecting and supporting artisans who grow, produce, market, prepare and serve wholesome food


  • following democratic principles in a spirit of sharing and service
  • educating members and others about Slow Food’s mission
  • dedicating ourselves to local cooperation and global collaboration

Authenticity and Integrity

  • insuring our values are embodied by all staff, board members and chapter leaders
  • manifesting these values in all of our events, projects and publications
  • committing ourselves to partnerships with like-minded individuals and organizations