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Slow is a four-letter word and so is Life!
Haste is a five-letter word and so is Death!

Time is money!
Maybe, but time is better!

Time is Honey! (Erwin Heller)

Slow down - do less - be more! ( Ed Elkin )

If you don't take time for your health,
you will have to take a lot of time for your diseases!

The faster one hastens in a wrong-headed direction, the longer it will take to retrace one's steps, if, that is, one is lucky enough to have the time to do that. ( Brad McCormick )

EU-Commission: From time to work to time to live

One of the most distinguishing features of the current ICTs (Information- and Communication- Technologies) is their enormous potential for the rapid transfer of digital information. This opens up many new opportunities for more flexible production and faster responses to changes in demand. In some service sectors the speed of response has become the essential ingredient of economic value. In other sectors, interactivity, facilitated by digital communication, has created new trading opportunities. Time is also needed to develop and maintain human capital: workers will need more time for retraining. Now more than ever before, time has become a crucial and scarce production factor.

But time has unfortunately none of the traditional characteristics of a production factor. Time cannot be accumulated; it cannot in any real sense be saved. Time spent today is lost forever.This explains why, contrary to the simple,'rational' economic view that as time is used more efficiently at work or in the home people will be better off, with every minute of saved time allowing them to produce or consume more, there could well be increasing evidence of a 'time paradox': as people in effect have more time available, living longer and working less, there is an increasing impression of time pressure and shortage.

The new ICTs certainly contribute significantly to this time paradox. Whether at work or in recreation, in production or in consumption, traditional patterns of time use are being brought into question, raising fundamental challenges for society, economic activity and the individual.

( European Commission, DG for Employment, Industrial Relations and Social Affairs: Building the European information society for us all, 1997 )

slfood.GIF (1369 Byte)Slow Food
The Official Manifesto

Our century, which began and has developed under the insignia of industrial civilization, first invented the machine and then took it as its life model. We are enslaved by speed and have all succumbed to the same insidious virus: Fast Life, which disrupts our habits, pervades the privacy of our homes and forces us to eat Fast Foods.

To be worthy of the name, Homo Sapiens should rid himself of speed before it reduces him to a species in danger of extinction. A firm defense of quiet material pleasure is the only way to oppose the universal folly of Fast Life. May suitable doses of guaranteed sensual pleasure and slow, long-lasting enjoyment preserve us from the contagion of the multitude who mistake frenzy for efficiency.

Our defense should begin at the table with Slow Food. Let us rediscover the flavors and savors of regional cooking and banish the degrading effects of Fast Food. In the name of productivity, Fast Life has changed our way of being and threatens our environment and our landscapes. So Slow Food is now the only truly progressive answer. That is what real culture is all about: developing taste rather than demeaning it.

And what better way to set about this than an international exchange of experiences, knowledge, projects? Slow Food guarantees a better future.Slow Food is an idea that needs plenty of qualified supporters who can help turn this (slow) motion into an international movement, with the little snail as its symbol.

On November 9, 1989 at the Opera Comique of Paris, was signed the official birth of the international movement for the Defence of and the Right to Pleasure. Delegates from following countries endorsed the Manifesto: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, Venezuela.

Contacts: -> Slow Food International

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