Slow Food

Terra Madre meets Salone del Gusto Conferences

Italy - 17 Oct 06

This year will be a new experience for visitors to the Salone del Gusto and for the Terra Madre Food Communities: it will be much easier to meet and find occasions for comparison and discussion. The objective is to bring closer together and reinforce the alliance between the two ‘halves of the sky’ in the food and agriculture sector: traders (in the widest possible sense) – producers, distributors, cooks and students; and consumers, who are becoming better co-producers. The meetings, sponsored by Slow magazine, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and the University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo e Colorno, will be held in the Sala Gialla in the Lingotto Centre October 26 - 30. Chefs, producers, consumers and researchers will discuss important themes such as certification marks, market access, resources, dietary freedom, biodiversity and other problems and projects linked to a universe that is part of our daily life. Here is the programme, still subject to changes as we are still finalising the speakers at each conference. Thursday, October 26 4pm Screening of Mario Soldati’s “Viaggio nella Valle del Po. Alla ricerca di cibi genuini” (“Travels in the Po valley: In Search of Authentic Foods”) a RAI production, 1957-58 Friday, October 27 11am We work to save the world’s best foods Sustainable agriculture and gastronomic and cultural biodiversity: the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity presents its scientific committee and discusses its progress and future strategies. Speakers Marcello Buiatti, University of Florence, Italy Manrique Lopez Castillo, coordinator of the Huehuetenango Coffee Presidium, Guatemala Jimei Jianzan, coordinator of Yak Cheese Presidium, Tibet Maria Grazia Mammuccini, Arsia, Florence Harold McGee, export in molecular gastronomo, USA Serena Milano, Director of International Presidia Project, Slow Food Aminata Traoré, writer and founder of the African Social Forum, Mali Moderator Piero Sardo, President of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity 4pm The evolution of man and the Earth’s biodiversity In the small blip that marks 60,000 years of Homo sapiens’ presence on this planet, the Earth has been most affected by the far-reaching survival tactics of only one species, which often suppresses diversity to create homogenous systems that are easier to manage in the short-term. In the long run, however, diversity is vastly important and our myopia is finally beginning to focus on this reality. Are we still in time to change tactics? What have conflicts of interest we’ve encountered over the past centuries taught us? Are economy and diversity, adaptation and diversity and life and diversity conflicting or complementary elements? Speakers Marcello Buiatti, University of Florence Luca Cavalli Sforza, Stanford University, USA Luisa Maffi, President of TerraLingua, Canada Michael Pollan, writer and journalist, USA Moderator Telmo Pievani, University of Milano Bicocca Saturday, October 28 11am The water we have, the water we want The planetary situation, the relation between agriculture and consumption, behaviors to avoid and those to learn and pursue. Our planet has less and less fresh water available and climatic changes are further complicating the situation. Everything leads back to the everyday use of water, for those who still have it. Luigi Bistagnino, Polytechnic of Turin, Faculty of Architecture Fritjof Capra, Schumacher College, UK Tommaso Fattori, Tavolo Toscano per l’Acqua (Tuscan Table for Water) Raul Garciadiego, Project “Agua para Siempre”, Mexico Walter Mazzitti, Secretary General of the Euro-Mediterranean Intergovernmental System for water management in the Mediterranean basin Luca Mercalli, President of Meteorological Italian Society Rossella Monti, HydroAid CEO, Turin Paolo Romano, President of SMAT, Turin Wolfang Sachs, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy Poppy Tooker, Terra Madre Relief Found, New Orleans Moderator Stefano Cataudella, University Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy 4pm Food freedom Ties between cultures and cultivations are taken for granted in anthropology books but are very rarely found in international agreements. Areas known by their hunger statistics have much to say in regards to agriculture but areas known for their top food production have little to say about the fight against hunger. Speakers Mario Capanna, President of the Genetic Rights Council Sergio Marelli, President of the Italian NGOs Assetou Foune Samake, University of Bamako, Mali Vandana Shiva, Navdanya Association, New Delhi Moderator Carlo Petrini, President of Slow Food Sunday, October 29 11am Eating is an agricultural act The importance of the network and the concept of community to the production and commercialization of quality agricultural products (good, clean and fair). Speakers: Alberto Capatti, Dean of the University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo and Colorno, Italy, Giacomo Mojoli, member of the Slow Food Board of Directors and Marino Niola, anthropologist, converse with cooks from the five continents 4pm Food is peace. How much wars affect farming Among the first victims of wars there are always the food communities: men at the front, mines in the fields, destroyed markets, unsold harvests, neglected animals. There is another war that nobody reports; it begins with the official one but often goes on long after armistice. Phil Rees (BBC, The Guardian) and Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Comunità di Sant’Egidio will talk about all this with Food Communities from countries which are or have been at war. 9pm Futurist eating, drinking, and talking - Meeting with Edoardo Sanguineti In collaboration with the Fondazione per il libro, la musica e la cultura (foundation for books, music and culture). The pyrotechnic incursions of Sanguineti in the historical avant-garde territory is an occasion in which food creates a provocative scene. Part of: Sign Language – Two points: The Word of Taste in Pop Culture and Literature. Speakers: writers Gianluigi Beccarla and Ernesto Ferrero Information:,, 011 5184268 Monday, October 30 4pm Sell the product, not the producers: the short production chain. Separating the producers from the market doesn’t help anyone. It isn’t good for prices, quality, the economy or agriculture. Experiences with short production chains and tighter relationships between producers and consumers are giving reassuring results all over the world: what are the guidelines for the development of this both new and age-old way of buying and selling? Speakers Rinaldo Bontempi, President of Conservatoria delle Cucine Mediterranee del Piemonte Maria Grazia Mammuccini, ARSIA, Tuscany Stefano Masini, Coldiretti, Italy Kamal Mouzawak, founder of the Souk-el-Tayeb markets, Liban Claudio Peri, University of Gastronmic Sciences, Italy David Szanto and Linda Kay, University of Gastronomic Sciences, Italy Guido Tampieri, Undersecretary for Agricultural Policies Aminata Traoré, writer and founder of the African Social Forum, Mali John Wilkinson, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil Moderator Piero Sardo, President of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity