While the core values that help N1 remain one of the leading South African meat wholesalers and suppliers of certified Halaal and non-Halaal meat, fish and other food products are quality, service and delivery; the core values that underpin the Slow Food movement are good, clean and fair. Envisioned as ‘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’ the three interconnected principles are defined as:
Good – quality, flavoursome and healthy food
Clean – production that does not harm the environment
Fair – accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for producers
A noble approach, the Slow Food movement first began in 1989 with Carlo Petrini, an Italian who came to prominence earlier in the 80s when he, along with many others, protested against the building of a McDonald’s, the then first outlet of its kind in Italy. In an effort to counteract the rise and spread of fast – an adjective that has unfortunately become synonymous with too many facets of modern life – Slow Food was founded ‘to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us.’ Originally a small grassroots organisation, it has steadily grown into a global concern involving millions of people in more than 160 countries, including South Africa; and their mission is to ensure that everyone can benefit from good, clean and fair food.
Their current network encompasses a variety of projects and many forms of food production including fisheries – their Slow Fish; similar to the N1 practise of only offering sustainable Halaal fish, focuses on the responsible management of seafood resources. Here good, clean and fair take on a slightly different meaning – good focuses on fresh, lesser-known fish species and alternative ways of preparing them; clean focuses on well farmed, local and healthy stocks with responsible artisanal fishing practices; and fair focuses on the right price with humane practises that support artisanal and responsible fishing communities.
So whether you choose Halaal fish or any other high-quality meat product from Cape Town and Johannesburg meat wholesalers N1, remember to celebrate slow food and all it encompasses – rediscovery of taste and greater appreciation of those who share in your culinary experience.