European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, attended the opening ceremony of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2018. The commissioner was vocal on the importance of addressing food waste, and was involved in a number of debates, with audience members and Slow Food President and Founder, Carlo Petrini.
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.
That a demonstration manages to attract over 30,000 marchers is no easy thing, particularly when it is held during the icy chill that is January in Berlin. But every year since 2011, the “Wir haben es Satt!” (“We’re fed up!”) demonstration has managed to inspire thousands of farmers and ordinary citizens to gather in the city and march from the central station to the Brandenburg Gate. The messages of the protestors are clear: less agro-industry and more farms, no to GMOs and neonicotinoids, less consumption of meat and more animal welfare and support for the rights of farmers and for a Europe based on solidarity.
FAO figures continue to paint a pitiless picture of the current situation: Western consumers throw away around 222 million tons of food every year, almost as much as the entire food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tons). Political decision-makers might be struggling to make real commitments in the war against waste, but each of us can contribute to fighting the flaws in the current food system on a daily basis.