Slow Food

5 Continents in Torino for Terra Madre

Italy - 22 Oct 08

The inauguration of the 2008 edition of Terra Madre, the third world meeting of food communities organized by the Terra Madre Foundation, takes place on Thursday October 23 at 2.30pm in the Palasport Olimpico (Isozaky), Corso Sebastopoli 123, Torino, supported by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Italian Development Cooperation, Piedmont Regional Authority, City of Torino and Slow Food, in collaboration with Coldiretti and Fondazione CRT. The opening ceremony will bring together 1652 food communities from 153 countries. Welcoming over 7000 participants and observers to the event are: Carlo Petrini, President of Slow Food and the Terra Madre Foundation; Luca Zaia, Italian Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry; Mercedes Bresso, President of the Piedmont Regional Authority - partner of the Terra Madre Foundation since the 2006 edition; Sergio Chiamparino, the Mayor of Torino; Paolo Di Croce, Secretary of Slow Food International; Vandana Shiva, Slow Food International Vice-President and founder of Navdanya, Tewolde Berhan Gebre-Egziabher, Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency of Ethiopia and UN “Champion of the Earth”; Humberto Oliveira, Secretary of Regional Development of the Ministry for Rural Development of Brazil; and Sam Levin, student at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Massachusetts, USA. The guiding philosophy of Terra Madre is also of interest to international politics. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, present at the 2004 edition, will present his views on organic agriculture and environmental conservation via video. In addition, a message sent by UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon on the eve of the 63rd anniversary of the foundation of the United Nations Organization will be read by the Director of the United Nations System Staff College Carlos Lopes, highlighting the efforts being made by the UN to find long term solutions to the global food crisis. The opening of the event will be accompanied by a percussion performance from San Salvario Sound Station and a musical parade with Mamuthones e Issohadores di Mamojada, well-known Sardinian icons. A flag procession of all the participating nations will follow, accompanied by the music of Bandakadabra, a group inspired by Balkan and Central European music. The ceremony will close with the Pequeñas Huellas choir, featuring the voices of 200 children from nations around the world who will bring global traditions and sounds to Torino. Area 106 of the first circle and 206 of the second circle are reserved to journalists.