According to one of the many elaborations of the “butterfly effect” theory, the smallest beat of a butterfly’s wings can lead directly to the formation of a hurricane on the other side of the planet. In other words, even tiny variations in initial conditions can produce changes in the long-term behavior of a system. And …
Slow Food International Congress
The 7th Slow Food International Congress will take place in Chengdu, China, from September 29 – October 1, 2017.
The Congress is a key moment in the life of the Slow Food movement, ratifying its direction in terms of policy, finance and organization at the international level, and consequently also at the national, regional and local levels. A total of 400 delegates from 90 different countries will have voting rights at the congress, including the Executive Committee of the International Council, board members of our national associations, convivum leaders and Slow Food members.
Why in China?
Today roughly one human being in five is Chinese and China is coming to terms with the results of fifteen years of shining economic growth. If on the one hand this has helped vast masses of the population to emerge from poverty, on the other it has stripped bear the country’s traditional craft, food and farming heritage, sparked lightning urbanization— with the accompanying costs in terms of quality of life—and savagely depleted environmental resources. Given its huge importance on the world stage, China cannot remain indifferent to a domestic and international situation that demands a radical change of direction. Thanks to the experience of food communities over the world that safeguard the resilience of their local territories and seek fair, harmonious wellbeing, we at Slow Food can make a modest contribution in staking out possible roads to follow. Which is why, at Chengdu, we must speak about the climate, biodiversity and the new economy, and table our most noble and ambitious projects to find the right solutions for the right places at the right time.
Food is what allows us to live and meet each other—our identity and our window on the world. Chengdu has to be a springboard for effective answers to the contradictions that we are witnessing in the world today, for finding an organizational dimension inclusive of the diversities expressed by our communities: from the convivia to the Terra Madre communities, from indigenous peoples to spontaneous groups, from young people to other associations. The congress is where we will refine our positions, design our alternatives and the horizon for our actions to establish an alternative way forward.
A comprehensive reflection by Carlo Petrini on the congress and what it means for Slow Food is available here, in the following languages:
On May 15, as part of his official visit to China, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni met with the coordinators of Slow Food Great China that are now looking forward to the Slow Food International Congress. It will be an important event, testifying to Italy’s close cultural connections with China.