Contrary to its Yuppie image here in the US, Slow Food is based on radical priniciples. Carlo Petrini calls the food system "the shame of the West", with only 5 cents of every dollar going to producers and 95 cents going to the Players.
Let's give more value to olive oil than car oil.(See the first 5 parts of this interview at Cooking Up A Story)
Carlo Petrini, in this final installment, argues for economic respect, and fairness to the small farmers of the world. Economy and ecology, he reminds us, share the same roots, and that it is local economies that will save our society, and it’s the global economy that threatens to destroy it. For those who may think of Slow Food in terms of being an organization striving to promote better conditions for farmers, and better awareness for people about the food they eat—while true—the ideas laid out by this founding visionary are a trumpet call for an entirely new world order.
If you liked the Petrini clip, there are several other interesting food related interviews at the site.