Food and Health

Diet, food quality, and lifestyle are all key factors in our health.
The global food production system is based on intensive agriculture, which relies on synthetic pesticides and fertilizers to produce highly processed, calorie-dense foods packed with additives, preservatives, sugars, and saturated fats. This is creating imbalances in environmental, economic, and social dynamics, particularly in more vulnerable countries, generating many public health problems like obesity and malnutrition.

Slow Food is working to promote production, processing, and consumption models that are as sustainable and healthy as possible for both individuals and the planet. In the collective imagination, a healthy diet is often associated with privation, calorie restriction, and monotony. In reality, eating can easily be healthy and enjoyable at the same time. The food that’s good for us is also good for the environment and the community. But how can we eat well every day? We don’t have to invent anything new; all we have to do is look to our rich gastronomic traditions. Eating is not just a necessity, but a source of pleasure!

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