Slow Food is an international movement founded by Carlo Petrini in 1989. Promoted as an alternative to fast food, it strives to preserve traditional and regional cuisine and encourages farming of plants, seeds and livestock characteristics of the local ecosystem. It was the first established as part of the broader Slow Movement. The movement has since expanded globally to over 150,000 members in 150 countries. Its goals of sustainable foods and promotion of local small businesses are paralleled by a political agenda directed against globalization of agricultural products.