The Slow Food movement, which strives to save foods that are produced locally and organically, has taken root in the U.S., with some 4,000 members participating in 50 chapters across the country. It seeks to put people in touch with food and the farmers who produce it. Some 60,000 people worldwide in 35 countries now view themselves as part of the movement, which began in Italy in response to the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant. Jordan Vannini, a member in Los Angeles, said, “I see it as a kind of food activism. I’m excited about the idea that there’s a counterforce out there to a society that has become dependent and interdependent on mass food production.”