Slow Food Manifesto in Defense of Raw-milk Cheese
Being a member of Slow Food - Greece I get all the press releases.
I was kind of inpressed by this one that's why I kept it in my archive.
I think that the site of Slow Food worths a visit. Above all it worth to join Slow Food communitySlow Food
Slow Food Manifesto in Defense of Raw-milk Cheese.
Raw-milk cheese is more than a wonderful food, it is a
deeply embedded expression of our finest traditions.
It is both an art and a way of life. It is a culture,
a heritage and a cherished landscape. And it is under
threat of extinction! Under threat because the values
it expresses are in opposition to the sanitation and
homogenisation of mass produced foods.
We call on all food-loving citizens of the world to
respond now to the defence of the unpasteurised cheese
tradition. A defence of a food that has for hundreds
of years inspired, given pleasure and provided
sustenance but is now being insidiously undermined by
the sterile hand of global hygiene controls. We call
for an end to all discriminatory regulations from EU,
WTO, Food and Drug Administration and other government
Institutions that needlessly restrict citizens'
freedom of choice to purchase these foods, and
threaten to destroy the livelihood of the artisanal
craftsmen who produce them.
We deplore attempts by regulatory authorities to
impose unattainable standards of production, in the
name of protecting human health. We believe that such
impositions will have the adverse effect of that
intended. The bacteriological health of our
unpasteurised dairy products is destroyed by
overzealous sterilization procedures. So will the
health of human beings be destroyed through a diet of
sterile food. Without any
challenge, our immune system will fail and our
medication become ineffective. Moreover the unique
flavour and aroma of the cheese are conserved by
We therefore call upon those who have it in their
power to safeguard the diversity and complexity of our
regional foods and the health and stability of our
rural communities to act now and ensure a flexible,
fair and appropriate regulatory framework; sensible
controls and a positive disposition concerning the
Be aware - that once the knowledge, skills and
commitment of this culture have been lost, they can
never be regained.
This Announcement has been distributed for
informational purposes only.