"The movement has grown worldwide - slowly, obviously - and has become a huge, complex organization - 85,000 members in 132 countries according to their website - but even though it very much represents the interests of the new generation of quality farmers and producers, it hasn't caught on so well in the UK.
Is it seen as too specialist or elitist? Is it because of the growth in farmers markets; because we have so many food based TV programmes that there is already plenty of exposure for artisan producers without Slow Food? Many of the suppliers we use at Boxwood Café are small producers who hand-grow everything but aren't members of Slow Food: others are members and attend the event in Turin." (Thanks Rania)