Food for Thought, Thought for Food

From honey to indigenous issues, youth to sustainable fish… A taste of some of the Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre’s forums that will explore the future of the planet and the importance of our everyday choices …

The broad knowledge base of Slow Food’s network – embracing cultural 

diversity, science and tradition, old and new – will come together at the Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre in 49 conferences and meetings that will be open to the public for the first time. Visitors to Slow Food’s major international biennial event will be able to join discussionswith farmers, artisans, experts, chefs and activists; hear ideas from the food communities on how to get out of the current crisis and safeguard traditional knowledge; and visit the networking areas for specific issues. 

The Slow Fish area will present Slow Food’s campaign to promote sustainable fishing and responsible consumption, with more than 100 representatives of fishing communities participating in activities with other experts in the field. Small-scale fishers will explain their important role in The Guardians of the Oceans and their fight for fishing rights and to be involved in research, management and decision-making processes. The program includes a workshop on FAO’s Voluntary Guidelines on Small-Scale Fisheries, intended to be used to promote small-scale fishers worldwide.

The room dedicated to beekeepers and honey will welcome around one hundred beekeepers who will sweeten the palates’ of visitors with various activities and tasting sessions at the Honey Bar, featuring 50 amazing honeys from around the world. The conference program will focus on the protection of bees, which are crucial to biodiversity, food production and life on this planet, and allow visitors to interact with honey producers from different countries, including indigenous peoples from Ethiopia, India and Brazil.

In the Slow Food Youth Network area, representatives of the growing movement will present their recent projects and share experiences: from film festivals in the Netherlands and Australia to public Eat-Ins and Disco Soup events to raise awareness of food waste in Germany. In the Say, Do, Hoe: Practices and Policies for Youth Agriculture conference young people will be putting forward suggestions for Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy reform while young Africans will speak about the challenges they face in The Africans’ Africa. The Youth Network will also be highlighting a different food issue every evening with an Eat-In.

The focus on Indigenous Peoples during the event will highlight traditional knowledge and food practices and their role as custodians of agrobiodiversity and other sustainable production methods. Interested visitors can meet with producers of some fascinating traditional products from around the world and discuss food sovereignty and the protection of cultural identity with Mirna Cunningham of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in the conference, Indigenous Peoples and Local Food Sovereignty: A Struggle for Self-Determined Development.

Many of the conferences will offer a snapshot of the state of our planet, such as Get Your Forks Out of the Forest! with Vandana Shiva, founder of the Navdanya organization; Green Economy: The Only Solution, which will look at how to change the current economic and production system; and Hungry for Land, which will analyze the land-grabbing phenomenon and how to fight its spread.
These are just some of the highlights of the many conferences and dedicated thematic areas present at the event. Find the ones that interest you!

Click here to view the entire conference program!

Entrance to the conferences is free to all Salone Del Gusto and Terra Madre visitors, subject to the availability of places. Simultaneous translation will be provided into English and Italian.

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