A few years back I came across someone (rich) who had never eaten “fast food”. He admits that his formative years were spent with an eccentric caregiver, and that by the time he could make those choices for himself, he simply chose to continue eating real food.
Carlo Petrini, an Italian former communist and food writer, took part in a campaign against McDonald’s opening a branch near the Spanish Steps in Rome in the early eighties. In 1983 he helped to create the Italian food and wine association known as Arcigola. He is also the founder of the International Slow Food Movement.
Petrini would like to see a return to small homestead farming, with harvested seeds. This is a diversity project, fascinating in every way. He is still politically active, now for the Italian Democratic Party (centre left-wing). He has won numerous awards and was recently in South Africa promoting the Slow Food Revolution.
Petrini’s goal of setting up 10 000 food gardens in African schools and villages is a stunning one. It will guarantee good, clean and fair food for communities. It will give them an understanding of the value of their land. It will raise awareness about the importance of food biodiversity and give access to wholesome fresh produce.
Not a bad goal for people to think about in these days after World Food Day on 16 October 2016.
Well done, Carlo Petrini, you are an inspiration to many