Across the world, we are realizing -- both individually and collectively -- that our obsession with speed is wearing us down, undermining the quality of our lives, and otherwise making us sick. The Slow Food movement has been at the forefront of the global cry for a desperately-needed paradigm shift, with the injunctive not to throw away modern comforts, but rather, to use them consciously and wisely. I was delighted to speak with Richard McCarthy, Executive Director of Slow Food USA, about the common principles of Slow Food and Slow Medicine. Here are excerpts from our conversation.
Michael Finkelstein, MD: How did we end up going from thousands of years of eating whole and hearty food from the earth, to eating pre-packaged, processed, and fast food?