In Beirut, a Professor of Agriculture Advocates 'Slow Food'

In Beirut, a Professor of Agriculture Advocates 'Slow Food' 1

Courtesy Rami Zurayk

Rami Zurayk, a scholar of "good, clean, and fair" food, at a farmers' market.

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Courtesy Rami Zurayk

Rami Zurayk, a scholar of "good, clean, and fair" food, at a farmers' market.

The slow-food movement started in 1986 as a protest against fast food, when a McDonald's was planned in Rome. In 1989 an international slow-food organization was founded, in Paris. Today the movement has more than 100,000 members all over the world. Rami Zurayk, who teaches agriculture at American University of Beirut, champions the movement in Beirut. Brooke Anderson, a Chronicle correspondent in the Middle East, talked with him in Beirut and conducted an interview with him later, via