The Impact of Slow Food Consumption in Cities and Smart Cities
Processed, nutrient-poor foods around the world are causing serious health problems such as obesity and diabetes as well as environmental problems such as urban carbon emissions. Making cities more ecological and livable is an urgent global priority for sustainable development. The Slow Food Movement is a significant initiative that promotes sustainable development by providing high quality, environmentally friendly and socially just food for everyone. The aim of this article is to propose a framework that demonstrates how a slow food approach, focused on providing good, clean, and fair food, can be integrated into a sustainable development model for smart cities. This model is rooted in the principles of local economic development, which considers the roles of consumers, producers, distribution channels, and local authorities in promoting sustainability. Smart cities can play a crucial role in reducing food waste and transportation costs by promoting seasonal, locally sourced, and sustainable food options. This can be achieved through preserving traditional techniques and knowledge, as well as promoting shorter production and distribution chains. Community-run markets are an excellent way to provide consumers with healthy, high-quality food at fair prices, while also encouraging local economic development. To achieve a sustainable and smart city, it is essential to foster collaboration between governments, businesses, local communities, and consumers. This collaborative effort will promote a smart economy, smart mobility, smart environment, smart people, smart living, and smart governance. By working together, these stakeholders can create a more sustainable and resilient food system, which is essential for the health and wellbeing of both the city and its inhabitants.
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