“Farm closings, concentration of lands, patents and monocultures: These are the effects of the power of multinationals in the food sector.” That’s the picture painted by Barbara Unmüßig, president of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, the foundation that publishes a report on the environmental impact of industrial animal farming, Meat Atlas, with Friends of the Earth. Along with five other organizations— Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland, Oxfam Deutschland, Germanwatch and Le Monde Diplomatique—it has now put together Konzernatlas, an atlas of multinationals with data and facts regarding the food and agriculture sector. It makes for disconcerting reading.
Bees are our primary farmers, and their disappearance signals bigger problems that we all need to be aware of. Slow Food Mexico has recently launched the #SalvaLaColmena (Save the Hive) campaign to spread awareness on the issue and inform us on how we can be a part of their campaign to help save the bees.
Two ancient cities on the southwestern coast of Turkey, Milas and Bodrum, will host the second edition of Slow Cheese Bodrum, a local version of Slow Food’s responsible Cheese event, organized by one of our newest conviviums, “Yaveş Gari!”. The event will be held March 2-5, at the same time as the Milas Fair of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry.
The Fall armyworm, so called because it migrates into North America from warmer climes in the autumn (fall), is causing major damage to crops in Africa, and could spread to Europe and Asia. According to a report by the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI), it may become a “major threat to agricultural trade worldwide”.
There is no question that the French are conscious of their heritage, and well aware of how it should be valued. Now they’ve made another clever move, though this time it’s not a question of defending typical local specialties or declaring war on food waste, but of preserving small-scale agriculture from the attacks of speculators.
Thanks to you, our donors and members, we were able to bear the cost of an important part of Slow Food’s 2016 activities. Each year, Slow Food works around the world to protect biodiversity, build links between producers and consumers, and raise awareness of some of the most pressing topics affecting our food system. But to accomplish all of this, we needed you.
The Chinese began rearing silkworms 7,000 years ago, and the domestication of wild rice can be traced back 6,400 years. Today, China still has an old agricultural society with a large rural population and farming is a key part of the national economy. In harmony with nature, traditional Chinese agriculture combines knowledge, culture and traditional technology, and has helped shape Chinese culture and civilization.
Terra Madre Burkina Faso, an event organized by Slow Food and the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity as part of the Fondazioni For Africa Burkina Faso initiative, was held on February 3 and 4 in Ouagadougou, the country’s capital. Many small-scale producers were able to come together and feel united in the pride of being able to display the fruits of their land, cultivated thanks to traditional knowledge passed down through the generations.