Food waste, necessary reforms in agriculture and animal farming, and alternatives to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will be among the main topics discussed with European Union officials and representatives of European non-governmental organizations at the 12th edition of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto.
In June, the Slow Food-CE project celebrated the completion of its first year. A year that set the agenda for the project, defined and organized the participants, and unearthed a clear path towards 2020. The Slow Food-CE project is a joint initiative aimed at promoting and protecting the gastronomic heritage of Central Europe, a region undergoing huge changes, with many traditions at risk. 5 cities, across 5 different countries, were chosen and grouped together, each city tasked with developing a program of mapping and safeguarding of gastronomic resources, through field work and research. Each city focused on a project tailored to it, and its vision for the future. Each city to become a beacon within the region, of gastronomic tradition, and a model for other cities to follow.
Today the European Court of Justice decreed that new organisms obtained from mutagenesis are subject to the same security controls that apply to GMOs. Slow Food welcomes the ruling but calls for vigilance among Member States. There will be opportunities to engage in this relevant debate on new genetic modification techniques and GMOs during Terra Madre Salone del Gusto.
If controlling access to food means controlling the destiny of humanity, from today the most powerful player worldwide is not a government or a coalition of States, but a single multinational corporation, Bayer, after acquiring the infamous Monsanto. In fact, until yesterday, Bayer was a German pharmaceutical chemical giant. As of today, it is also the world’s largest group in the field of seeds, chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.
Today marks the publication of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) legislative proposal, but on May 29-30 in Brussels, over 200 food system actors came together to look beyond the CAP and design a Common Food Policy. The EU Food and Farming Forum brought together farmer associations, civil society groups, scientists and administrators at local, national and European level, who share a common vision for the future of food and farming.
Local working groups have been set up in the five European cities involved (Brno, Dubrovnik, Kecskemét, Krakow, and Venice) to create synergies among local stakeholders (producers, retailers, for-profit and non-profit companies, and various actors in the cultural sector) to identify and promote traditional food and local products as intangible cultural heritage.
The fifth edition of Terra Madre Balkans has successfully come to a close. Over 100 delegates from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, FYR Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia came together at the European Parliament in Brussels on May 22-23 to represent the diverse potential of the Balkans.