Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) Prague was founded by four local food enthusiasts and is part of a global network of young “food activists” advocating for and raising awareness about sustainable food production. The concept of “slow food” was founded in 1989 by Italian Carlo Petrini, and has since developed to an international movement with the core philosophy of striving for “a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet,” with slow food being defined as food that is “good, clean and fair” (read more at slowfood.com).
SFYN organizes a number of events to raise awareness about food waste, including the local edition of “Disco Soup,” an event that involves getting people together to chop up discarded vegetables that would otherwise be thrown away and make soup from it – combined with a cultural program. The idea is to give the Slow Food movement a bit of edge and make it fun. Other activities include educational events with children to raise awareness about food waste, growing food and healthy eating.
“Slow food is a movement that was established by Carlo Petrini in Italy to fight against fast food. They say it started when the first McDonalds was opened in Rome. Slow Food Youth Network is a bit rebellious. Here in Prague, in addition to raising awareness about food waste with events such as Disco Soup, we also do a lot of educational events for kids.” – Petr Jiskra, co-founder of Slow Food Youth Network Prague