Slow Food believes that it is senseless to defend biodiversity without also defending the cultural diversity of Indigenous Peoples. The right of peoples to have control over their land, to grow food, to hunt, fish and gather according to their own needs and decisions is fundamental to protect their livelihoods and defend the biodiversity of indigenous breeds and varieties.
Though different projects and events, Slow Food encourages and supports Indigenous Peoples to uphold their food traditions.
In 2011, the first Indigenous Terra Madre event took place in Jokkmokk, Sweden, bringing together representatives of indigenous communities from around the world to celebrate their food cultures and discuss how to bring their knowledge and vision of food production into modern times. The next Indigenous Terra Madre meeting will be held in Meghalaya, northeast India from 3 – 7 November 2015. With just a few months to go, the program and list of delegates is coming together and excitement is beginning to build.
Find out more on the event website here: Indigenous Terra Madre 2015
Find photos from the 2011 event here