Wednesday June 29 was a special day for two producers of European Slow Food Presidia who were hosted in Brussels by the European Commission’s Environment Directorate-General at a Lunchtime Conference. These lunch-hour events are opportunities for debates and exchanges of ideas with European officials.
Italia now has a law protecting and valorizing agrarian and food biodiversity. The bill introduced by the PD (Democratic Party) MP Susanna Cenni will officially enter into force today after being passed unanimously by the Chamber of Deputies in December 2014 and by the Senate in October 2015. Slow Food, engaged on the ground with its Presidia, Ark of Taste and Earth Markets and involved in the drafting of the bill right from the earliest debates and meetings, hopes that the new law will be a first step towards an increasingly concrete and urgent commitment and that it will serve as a model for other European countries too.
Slow Food joined “People 4 Soil”, a free and open network of European NGOs, research institutes, farmers associations and environmental groups. It is a network of actors worried about the increasing degradation of soils both in the EU and at global level: erosion, sealing, loss of organic matter, compaction, salinisation, landslides and contamination have negative impacts on human health, food security, natural ecosystems, biodiversity and climate, as well as on our economy.