Slow Food

SALONE DEL GUSTO: Carlo Petrini Conquers Foreign Press

Italy - 25 Oct 02

The history of the Salone del Gusto, the official Slow Food stance on globalization and the debut of the International Presidia —these were the main topics addressed in the press conference Slow Food president Carlo Petrini held with the foreign press this afternoon in the Lingotto Press Gallery.

Petrini charted the progess of the Salone del Gusto from the 1996 pilot event through the 1998 and 2000 editions, characterized by the launch of the Ark and Presidia projects, up to this year’s tribute to international biodiversity. Petrini defined the 2002 Salone as a ‘way of testing Slow Food’s strategy’. Speaking of the International Presidia, one of this year’s star attractions, he declared that, at the next Salone in 2004, their number will increase from the present 19 to as many as 300. “When we began to conjure up the Italian Presidia project, they told us we were poets,” recalled Petrini, “Today we’re attracting the interest of economists interested in how the schelmes we are supporting function. There’s a kind of agriculture practised by wealthy farmers for poor people, and another practised by poor farmers for wealthy people. We’ve got to find a way to solve this paradox.”

He concluded by speaking about the Slow Food University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo and Colorno and how it will convey the knowledge that underpins sustainable agriculture and the defense of biodiversity, hence quality food, hence the old and enduring Slow Food priority of pleasure.