Catherine Gazzoli, who never wastes a single minute in any day, has recruited no fewer than three new assistants to help her in promoting Slow Food’s educational programme. They explained their mission in the very elegant surroundings of Prue Leith’s Cotswold home at Slow Food’s AGM today. Three missionaries are needed because one deals with tiny tots, one with school children and one with undergraduates. We were told that there is now firm scientific evidence that the food which a mother consumes during pregnancy can have lasting effects on a child’s well being and that this justifies a Slow Food campaign to educate expectant mothers on what they should or should not eat. The audience consisted mainly of “baby-boomers”, whose own mothers were blissfully unaware of ant of these strictures and who smoked and drank contentedly throughout their pregnancies. Ironically this is the same generation who are now accused of living too long and whose pensions are, apparently driving the country into bankruptcy as a result of their longevity. The same generation who have endured a succession of pious entreaties from the government as to what we should or should not eat, mostly to do with dairy products and animal fats, all of which has proved to be tosh. I’m sure that more than one member of the audience wondered whether the new “scientific” advice being handed out by Slow Food will suffer the dsame fate. “Good, clean and fair” is all I need to know.
The video show the Slow Food delegates enjoying a picnic lunch on the terrace in Prue Leith’s lovely garden.