A strong delegation from the United States at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto

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The 14th edition of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto will take place in Turin from September 22-26, 2022. Terra Madre, the largest gathering of the Slow Food network, aims at designing a different future for food, a future that takes shape through the daily choices of individuals, in the collective efforts of communities, and in the policies of both public and private institutions. Over 3000 delegates from 130 countries and more than 700 exhibitors will participate in the event.

Slow Food’s delegation from the United States consists of more than 150 people; this number includes Native American food leaders who are members of the Slow Food Turtle Island Association. Joining the learning and connecting experience at Terra Madre will help the national network align and get inspired to pursue food advocacy, education and biodiversity work in their local regions.

“Our delegation’s theme this year is Joy + Justice,” says Anna Mulè, executive director of Slow Food USA. “We are all focused on equity, inclusion and justice in our food systems, and working together to deeply embed antiracism in the Slow Food movement.”

On Thursday, September 22 at 3 p.m. Rupa Marya, doctor at the University of California and promoter of deep medicine, will participate in the food talk Deep Medicine and the Decolonization of Food at the Food and Health space. At 4.30 p.m. the Indigenous Terra Madre Advisory Board will share its vision in the forum Decolonize Your Diet at the Berta Cáceres Arena.

On Friday, September 23 at 2 p.m. Clayton Brascoupé, a Mohawk and Anishnaabe activist and farmer, will talk about the value of seeds for food security and for our health during the RegenerActions educational activity Wealth, Food and Health: Everything That’s Good About Seeds. At 3 p.m. Jim Embry, Black activist and farmer with the Sustainable Communities Network, will take part in Let’s Make The Right Choice! Towards A Fairer Food System at the Gino Strada Arena.

Richard McCarthy,  Slow Food International Board Member and co-founder of the Crescent City Farmers Market and its parent organization, Market Umbrella, will introduce the conference Changing cities and models of regeneration, on Friday, September 23 at 3.30 p.m. in the Environment Park.

On the same day at 6 p.m. Tammy Greer, member of the United Houma Nation and Director of American Indian Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi will talk at Food And Spirituality within the Food and Health – Reale Mutua space. The moderator will be Gary Granata, Founder of Rivers Connect the World and Farmer at Granata Woods in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

On Saturday, September 24, the Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist Michael Moss will lead the workshop Media Matters: How to tell your story, to share advice on how to find new and interesting angles to talk to the media. At 12 p.m. Kaylena Bray of Slow Food Turtle Island will moderate the meeting Indigenous Actions for Promoting Traditional Knowledge in the Food System at the Berta Cáceres Arena.

On the same day, at 5 p.m. Michael Moss will also take part in the conference You, me, us: making a difference together at Kyoto Hall of the Environment Park along with Rupa Marya and Raj Patel, economist and food policy researcher. At 6.30 p.m. Mara Welton, coordinator of the Plant a Seed project for Slow Food USA, will take part in the meeting From The Ark Of Taste To The Presidia: How We Are Saving Biodiversity at the Gino Strada Arena.

On Sunday, September 25 at 11 a.m. at the Food and Health – Reale Mutua space, the meeting Is All Salmon Created Equal? hosts Johnny Fishmonger, chef and captain of Coastal Rovers, a group of fishers, chefs, and scientists, and leader of the local sustainable food movement. At 12 p.m., the Sioux Chef and Slow Food Turtle Island member Sean Sherman takes part in the meeting Indigenous Cooks: Challenges, Identities, Values at the Berta Cáceres Arena. At the same time, Kim Aman and Lauren Maples of the National School Gardens Network will hold the RegenerAction educational activity Painting with Mud.

At 2 p.m. on Sunday Brian Solem, director of communications for Slow Food USA, will explain to the participants at the workshop how to use communication and storytelling as a tool for advocacy at the Activism Square.

On Monday, September 26 at 10 am within the Activism Square, members of the North America & Caribbean Slow Food network will share their experiences advocating for better food policies. At 11 a.m. at the Gino Strada Arena the beekeeper and farmer Melany Kirby presents her story of promoting agroecological practices together with her community during the food talk Seduced by bees.

On the same day at 11.30 a.m. Dan Mueller, Director of Network Engagement for Slow Food USA, takes part in the workshop Advocating for Food Sovereignty and Food Justice at the Activism Square.

Meet the delegates

Beyond the official program, many delegates from United States will be present at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto:

Anna Mulè, executive director of Slow Food USA, who since 2016 has amplified the voices of the network, introduced national campaigns that promote biodiversity and sustainable agriculture, and developed partnerships with food producers and communities around the world.

Vanishing Foodways delegation composed by indigenous people, cooks, musicians and photographers who explore, collect and share stories of traditional food systems from the river basins and coastal regions of the world. A “River Delegation” will also represent the Amazon, the Mississippi and the Mekong.

Raj Patel  is an economist and food policy researcher; he worked at the World Bank and the WTO before dedicating his work to campaigns against these very same organizations.

Rupa Marya is a doctor at the University of California and promoter of deep medicine, a decolonizing approach that seeks to reestablish healthy bonds with the Earth and other humans.

Sean Sherman is a Sioux Chef part of Slow Food Turtle Island. With his partner Dana Thompson he co-founded the Sioux Chef, an organization that highlights Native American cuisine while documenting a decolonized diet. Sherman also operates the nonprofit North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS), which is working to establish a network of leaders in Indigenous farming and culinary communities.

Dana Honn, owner of the Cafe Carmo and founder of the BioCultural Institute of New Orleans in Louisiana, will represent the cooking of the Mississippi River.

Check out the full event program

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is organized by Slow Food, Piedmont Region and City of Turin, with the patronage of the Ministry of Agriculture Food and Forestry, the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Anci. The event has been made possible by the support of companies who believe in the values and objectives of the event, including Main Partners: Iren, Lavazza, Parmigiano Reggiano, Pastificio di Martino, QBA – Quality Beer Academy, Reale Mutua and UniCredit; Fondazione Compagnia

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