“Arriving, after a long journey into the Madagascan rain forest, at the Mananara vanilla farmers' village was exceptionally moving.
The Slow Food Foundation has touched this far off place. The farmers, who had woven the words 'slow' and 'food' into a large piece of cotton lace to welcome us, were clearly delighted with the way in which the Slow Food Foundation had raised their profile and improved their income. And the vanilla was extraordinary; long, long dusky pods with a smoky, intoxicating flavor – you know each one was from a plant that had been nurtured among the trees of the rain forest, a farmer standing guard to protect their precious crop from its many predators. What a story. Anyone who ever thought Slow Food was for the elite should see this – The Slow Food Foundation has very long arms”. Rose Prince, Daily Telegraph (UK)
“I see the Slow Food Foundation as a guardian of biodiversity, animals, plants and a protector for the custodians of food products around the world. As a Presidium leader I identify with my cultural roots. I fully agree with the principles of the Foundation and the activities it pursues, which meet the needs of Presidia and help us to access the international market”. Moises Quispe Quispe, leader of the Presidium for Pampacorràl Sweet Potatoes, Puno (Peru)
"For me Slow Food is a way of being. In a world where appearances matter more than content, I have decided to say no to many things. Above all I oppose the total violation of Nature. I am appalled to see ecosystems destroyed, animals treated as worthless consumer goods crammed into cages and killed without scruple or restraint. I am sick to see the plants and gifts of the earth being wasted and completely undervalued.
It hurts me to the core and if in my small way I can do something, I intend to help. I want genuine food, fresh air, a balanced world and happy people. That is what Slow Food is for me." Matthew Coss, Slow Food member (Italy)
"At Terra Madre, I listened to farmers from India sharing their struggles to save seeds from multinationals. I was inspired. I also feel that I'm not alone. In my village, I have been collecting seeds and sharing with others. In the past our food producers have been looked down as are laborers and, economically they have always been poor. So they don't want to continue their work, nor do they want their children to. Moreover, the predominance of some agro-businesses in the market, their monopolistic way of manipulating the prices, has pushed the small-scale food producers to the margins." Nattawan Isarata, Terra Madre delegate 2008, Coordinator of a farmers' group in Songkhla (Thailand)
Walking through Salone del Gusto I see young Italian people of my age who are absolutely passionate about their food, while my contemporaries in Australia have little or no education of what food is all about. They would turn up their noses at the traditional ways of producing food. This is something I will take back to young Australians: some much needed education. It’s not something that will happen quickly but in time we need to change the way young Australians think about food. Tom Wilde, Sheep Cheese Producer (Australia)
“I think Slow Food and the Slow Food Foundation are the most unique organizations because they are taking responsibility for the future of our food culture traditions, on both a local and global scale. So my grandchildren and great-grandchildren will have the opportunity to discover all the wonderful variety of tastes that I did as a child”. Annette Nilsson, Leader of the Slow Food Scania Convivium (Sweden)
“I am delighted to see all these people gathered together with a common purpose, to explore a new way forward for sustainable food production in Ireland. I’m full of hope that this is going to be just the beginning of a bright future of sustainable food production, which will be viable for our farmers, fisherman and producers, and will also nourish the nation.’ Mary McAleese, President of Ireland (Ireland)
Terra Madre was undoubtedly one of the liveliest and most practical events this century. When we were the pioneers attending the first edition in 2004, no one imagined such a wonderful event could exist anywhere in the world… several years have passed, friendships have been strengthened and exchanges established. For a few incredible days our lives have been vastly enriched, food producers of the world have met and learned from each other. Odome Angone, Terra Madre Delegate 2008 , Mbolo Convivium de Libreville (Gabon)
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