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Slow Food at the World Social Forum 2005


- 26 Jan 05

Slow Food will be conducting a seminar on January 28 at the World Social Forum 2005 held in Porto Alegre, Brazil. “Slow Food, preserving the biodiversity and identity of rural Brazilian territories” (Part B of the Forum - Cais do Porto, Room B 105, from 8:30 to 15:00) is being organized by the Slow Food Brasilia Convivium with the support of the Secretary of Territorial Development from the Ministry of Agragrian Development (MDA) of Brazil.

The Slow Food movement and its various activities in Brazil will be presented at the seminar. Cinzia Scaffidi, one of the Terra Madre organizers, will speak about Slow Food in general and about Terra Madre, the world meeting of food communities. The Brazilian ‘food communities’ that participated in Terra Madre, Slow Food’s groundbreaking conference held in 2004 and uniting 5000 food producers practicing sustainable agriculture all over the world, will also speak about the event and a video filmed at the event will be presented (www.terramadre2004.org).

Humberrto Oliveira, Vice-Minister of Territorial Development from the MDA will speak about the Ark of Taste project in Brazil and Jussemar Cordeiro, President of the Coopercuc di Uauà-BA, will speak about the Umbù Presidia project. Margarida Nogueira from Slow Food Rio de Janeiro will speak about the Slow Food network in Brazil and Homero Vianna of Slow Food Minas Gerais will propose a Slow Food event in Brazil.

Slow Food will also be participating in other seminars at the World Social Forum, including Food sovereignty, the importance of local markets for ecological products and alternative guarentees, organized by Rete Ecovida, MAELA and ANA (January 29, Area 1 of the Forum, Room I-603 beginning at 12:00) and “Local markets and community in organic agriculture,” organized by IFOAM (January 30, Area I, Room I-102 beginning at 8:30).

For more information, contact Gabrio Marinozzi, leader of the Slow Food Brasilia Convivium, at gabrio@terra.com.br.