We have come to understand the term “slow food” to mean everything that is the antithesis of fast food: meals that take time to prepare and eat, meals made from ingredients that are simple and whose origins are known, meals that rooted in a specific place and season.
The first Slow Food organization was founded by Italian activist Carlo Petrini in 1986. Since then, it has grown into a world wide movement. It is fitting that Slow Food has a prominent place at the World’s fair, which this year is hosted in Italy and promises to explore the topic of feeding the growing global population.
It is fitting that Slow Food has a prominent place at the World’s fair.
The Slow Food pavilion at Expo Milano, this year’s World’s fair, sits at the end of the mile-long street of international exhibits. The three-building pavilion frames a biodiversity garden, which demonstrates how people can grow small vegetable and herb gardens can be gown in containers. The buildings, which are inspired by the farmhouses of Lombardy, contain an exhibit space, a modest auditorium, and a restaurant, which offers tastings of Slow Cheese and Slow Wine. The buildings are constructed from certified sustainable wood, and after the Expo will be disassembled and re-used elsewhere.
The exhibition space introduces visitors to a history of food, with a particular focus on how food species are being diminished.
A giant, obese corn man sits above a table explaining how corn has come to dominate global diets, in the form of heavily processed flowers and high fructose corn syrup. On another table, larger-than-life examples of the most environmentally damaging foods draw attention to problems associated with products like beef, plastic water bottles, bagged lettuce and shrimp.
Other parts of the exhibit are more hopeful—and playfully interactive. Visitors are invited to guess foods by their feel and smell, and hang tags from a tree defining what food means to them.
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