The Six Key Issues for Slow Food | The themed spaces at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto explore problems and solutions

29 Aug 2016 | English


Save Biodiversity – Piazza Castello, every day from 12pm to 12am

Slow Food protects agro-biodiversity through its international projects: the Ark of Taste, the Presidia, food gardens. In this themed tour the public can discover the value of biodiversity, the importance of healthy soil and the fundamental role of seeds, the first link in the food chain.

Through touch and smell we’ll learn about the textures and scents of biodiversity; to understand the difference between industrial and small-scale agriculture by comparing illustrated panels; feeling different soils and seeds of many colors.

There is also an installation showing ancient varieties of apples from Norway to Kazakhstan that have already boarded the Ark of Taste.

Slow Meat – Valentino Park, every day from 10am to 7pm

Slow Meat is one of Slow Food’s most important international campaigns. The interactive tour allows visitors to discover the real cost of a steak and compares intensive industrial meat production with sustainable farming, from the field to the fork, providing useful information on where our meat comes from and how best to choose it.

An exhibition of different types of grass, animal feed and samples of real soil will help us to understand what the subsoil preserves and what effects different chemicals have on it. There’ll also be a large puzzle to discover all the different cuts of beef.

In each of the interactive tours you can sign the petition in defense of soil fertility promoted by People 4 Soil.

Slow Fish – Terrace of the Società Canottieri Armida, Viale Virgilio 45 (Valentino Park)

The ocean and our waterways are the bloodstream of our planet. Water systems support climate regulation, irrigation, fisheries, transportation, recreation, mineral extraction, energy production, sediment and nutrient flows and much more.

Every day the Slow Fish network will meet to discuss the theme of the commons, of which the ocean and its life are an emblematic example.

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Let it Bee – Palazzo del Rettorato of the University of Turin

Let it Bee is a space dedicated to bees, honey and the world of beekeeping, recounting the experiences and testimony of beekeepers from across the globe to show how important their work is preserving biodiversity. There will also be an exhibition showcasing all the different methods of cultivation and harvesting, the forms of the honeycombs and the enormous variety of flowers used by the bees.

There will be tastings of honeys from different parts of the world and insights on the threat of pesticides, different species of bees, traditional methods of honey production and the new frontiers of urban beekeeping.

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Indigenous Terra Madre – Parco del Valentino

The Indigenous Terra Madre space involves delegates from indigenous communities around the world. Protecting biodiversity means protecting the cultural diversity of indigenous people, their rights and their ability to work out and to offer concrete solutions to problems such as climate change. At Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2016, every morning the delegates of the indigenous communities will meet to discuss common problems and solutions. The morning workshops are for the Indigenous Terra Madre network only. Afternoon sessions will be open to the public:

In addition to talks, the public can learn more about indigenous cultures by attending artistic performances (Sounds of Terra Madre), held in the late afternoon, and watching documentary videos made in these communities.

A Cooking School, The traditions of Naga cuisine, is dedicated to the typical dishes and indigenous gastronomic traditions of Nagaland, in the northwest of India.

The Indigenous Terra Madre Network space was made possible with contributions from the Ifad (International Fund for Agricultural Development) and the Christensen Fund.

Migrants – A themed space spread around the streets of San Salvario and beyond

Migration is one of the central themes in the Terra Madre Salone del Gusto program. Great attention will be dedicated to the subject, seen as the consequence of shortsighted policies and decisions that concern us directly. Reflecting its nature, the theme will “migrate” from place to place, around a city historically marked by new arrivals and the integration of new cultures. Venues will be in San Salvario, at the Lombroso 16 center and the Casa del Quartiere, and at the Porta Palazzo market and the Carignano Theater, with debates, multiethnic gastronomy events, musical and artistic performances, literary meetings, city tours and theater shows.

At Europe’s largest open-air market, Porta Palazzo, every day from 10 to 12, there is Migrantour, a guided tour of this historic crossroads where, across generations, migrants have contributed to the social, cultural and economic development of the city.

The Carignano Theater hosts the conference Land, Conflict & Migration, looking at the reasons people leave their homelands and the battles those left behind face, with speakers Gino Strada, founder of the NGO Emergency, Edward Loure, a leading activist in the Maasai community of Tanzania, and Zerocalcare, an Italian cartoonist who has done lots of work on the war in Syria and in particular Kurdistan.

At the Biblioteca Ginzburg in San Salvario there will be an event dedicated to Syria, the country’s refugees and the communities of Rojava, an autonomous Kurdish-majority region in the north of the country. The event Soup for Syria takes its name from the book of Barbara Massaad, leader of Slow Food Beirut, who will be present at the event along with Zerocalcare, Italian cartoonist and author of Kobane Calling, Yahya Manla, PhD student from the University of Damascus, currently requesting asylum in Italy, Ercan Ayboga, activist Mesopotamian Ecology Movement and Berivan Al Hussain, representative for agriculture in Rojava, and coordinator of the Slow Food vegetable gardens in Kobane. From 8pm participants can taste the soup prepared by Cucina-To, a Turin artisan deli, accompanied by music from Fanfara Station, a project by the Tunisian multi-instrumentalist Marzouk Mejri and the American trumpet player Charles Ferris, whose repertoire ranges from stambeli to muewesheh and Arab-Andalusian music.

During the evening, it is possible to buy the books Soup for Syria by Barbara Massaad and Kobane Calling by Zerocalcare, with proceeds going to Syrian refugees.

The program also includes a workshop on the Mediterranean diet and some events dedicated to migrants’ impact on our food system and taste, the Neapolitan and Romani traditions with the Kumpania of Scampia, and experiences of migrants chefs.

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For more information, please contact:

Slow Food, +39 329 83 212 85, [email protected] – Twitter: @SlowFoodPress

Region of Piedmont, +39 011 432 2549, +39 335 7586327, [email protected]

City of Turin, +39 011 01121976, +39 3421100131, [email protected]

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is made possible with the help of several bodies, among which are the Official Partner: Lurisia, Pastificio Martino, Radeberger Gruppe Italy, Lavazza, Sapori, Iren, Intesa San Paolo, Elpe; the supporters of the Terra Madre Foundation and Slow Food: Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT and the Association of Banking Foundations of Piedmont, Coldiretti. With the support of IFAD, the European Union and CIA.  

Slow Food is a global grassroots organization that envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet.  Slow Food involves over a million activists, chefs, experts, youth, farmers, fishers and academics in over 160 countries. Among them, a network of around 100,000 Slow Food members are linked to 1,500 local chapters worldwide, contributing through their membership fee, as well as the events and campaigns they organize. As part of the network, more than 2,400 Terra Madre food communities practice small-scale and sustainable production of quality food around the world.

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