According to Wikipedia, the Slow Movement first began when a protest against the opening of a McDonald's restaurant in Piazza di Spagna, Rome inspired the creation of the Slow Food organization.
The Slow Food Movement is part of the larger Slow Movement which has existed in some form since the industrial revolution. According to http://theworldinstituteofslowness.com/aboutus.html the slow movement is the perfect antidote for the poison of our current hurried, fast world and a great way to get in touch with oneself.
If you are unsure where to start, start slowly, and be sure to check here, http://theworldinstituteofslowness.com/aboutus.html. The slow lifestyle is whatever you make of it. So, take some pieces of it and integrate into your lifestyle and discard others that do not work well for you.
For instance, the slow food movement heralds the enjoyment of regional flavors, regional produce and celebrates traditional regional foods, which are often grown organically. An interesting organization in the slow food movement is Southern Foodways Alliance, http://www.southernfoodways.com/ and of course, they celebrate "The Cornbread Nation", as every Southerner does.
I encourage everyone to learn about this movement and ways that we can improve our relationships, our families and our planet. It is very important that we all realize that by becoming a slow energy saver, we can focus on what we need to do relative to evergy saving to reduce energy use and pollution.
It's easy, remember, just start the slow movement with yourself....by downshifting.