Slow Food

Terra Madre, a unique cultural event

Italy - 22 Sep 04

The Italian Minister of Agriculture and Forestries Giovanni Alemanno, the President of the Piedmont regional Authority Enzo Ghigo, the Mayor of Turin Sergio Chiamparino and the President of Slow Food Carlo Petrini presented the Terra Madre event in a conference at the Foreign Press Association in Rome this morning. The event, which will be held in Turin from October 20-23, is organized by Slow Food, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestries, the Piedmont Regional Authority in collaboration with Coldiretti Piemonte, Fondazione CRT and New Holland.

“This four-day event will be an important moment for exchanging ideas. The organizers will take a step back, allowing the participants to discuss their difficulties, expectations, and possible solutions for implementing sustainable farming methods,” said Carlo Petrini.

Terra Madre is an international conference that will bring together over 1,194 Food Communities, consisting of 4,300 farmers, food producers and workers from over 130 countries. The participants believe in a sustainable food production and distribution model and are concerned with environmental issues, the quality of products, the lives of their workers and the general health of their consumers.

Members of the Food Communities will meet to share their knowledge and experiences during 61 seminars, or Earth Workshops.

Terra Madre will take place at the Palazzo del Lavoro in Turin and will be closed to the public. Slow Food’s hallmark event, the Salone del Gusto, will be held in Turin’s Lingotto conference center from October 21 to 25.