Paolo di Croce Talks about Terra Madre.

Paolo di Groce graduated in Environmental Engineering at the University of Turin and began working for Slow Food in 1998 to coordinate its projects – such as the Ark of Taste and Presidia – in defense of the environment and biodiversity. From 2003 to 2006 Paolo served as the General Secretary of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity. In 2004 Paolo served as the President of the Committee for Terra Madre. Since 2005, Paolo is the Secretary General of the Terra Madre Foundation and serves as International Secretary of the Slow Food International Board of Directors, the highest governing body of Slow Food International.

Themes at This Year’s Terra Madre Salone del Gusto

As well as the “classic” forums, open to large numbers of participants and based on topics like climate change, agroecology, GMOs, food waste and much more, the innovation in 2018 will be the thematic forums. Their “streamlined” formula is intended for a smaller number of people, and they are designed to keep the focus on certain specific issues, which will be explored in an in-depth, multi-faceted way.

What are they about? Find out for each theme:

  • Slow Meat  The Slow Meat forums will be focusing on quality livestock farming, animal welfare, the importance of protecting biodiversity and native breeds and the problems caused by factory farms. Attention will also be paid to the topic of food choices and awareness-raising campaigns that aim to emphasize the importance of more conscious eating habits.
  • Slow Fish The Slow Fish forums will be giving space to the relationship between the seas and the environment—from microplastic pollution to the risks generated by the overheating of the world’s oceans—as well as ocean grabbing and the challenges facing traditional fishing communities, the environmental damage caused by salmon and shrimp farming and certification schemes in the seafood sector.
  • Seeds  The forums dedicated to seeds will be exploring rural seeds, the role of farmers who act as custodians of traditional knowledge and skills, the many types of food garden (school, urban, the Slow Food gardens in Africa) and soil fertility. There will also be more targeted meetings on spices, oilseeds and their properties and historic gardens that preserve heirloom varieties of fruits like apples, figs, bananas and oranges
  • Bees and insects  The forums on bees and insects will look at the strong link between agricultural models and the well-being of bees, different apiculture models, different types of bee (black, stingless, etc.), honeys, the importance of insects to agriculture and insects as a “new” food source
  • Food and health The food and health forums will explore the impact of our food choices on our bodies and the consequences of widespread pesticide and antibiotic use in farming. They will also look at salt, sugar and fat and the differences between industrial and artisanal products—which can we choose and how can we consume them to minimize the risks to our health?

 This year the Terra Madre Forums will be expanding.

The forums are a well-established format, organized to broaden perspectives on the world of food. The participants are members of the Slow Food network—producers from the food communities and Presidia, chefs, activists and experts—who will be discussing issues linked to agriculture, diet, sustainability, biodiversity and production models.

Food Design and Innovative youth projects

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Fighting Food Waste with Intelligence and Creativity

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Antibiotic Resistance: A New Health Emergency

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Nuts and Oil Seeds

Almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, and even sunflower, flax, sesame, and pumpkin seeds, oil seeds are found throughout the world. A small handful a day is enough to enrich our diet with beneficial elements, such as vitamins, proteins, and minerals. We will …

A Sea of Plastic

Annual plastic production has increased from 2 million tonnes in 1950 to over 400 million tonnes in 2015. In 2050, the weight of plastic in the oceans will eclipse that of fish. Over time, large plastics break down and becoming…

What the Label Doesn’t Tell You

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Poison on the Plate

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The Mediterranean, a Unifying Sea

There are many keys to interpreting “Mare Nostrum.” One is food and the relationship between different yet similar gastronomic cultures. This is what we’ll be discussing at this event which inaugurates the fourth International Festival of Mediterranean Cooking, an initiative…

Climate Change: Indigenous Peoples in Danger

The harmful effects of climate change on marine ecosystems are increasing at an alarming rate. Traditional fishing communities are among the first victims. These communities have always operated in harmony with the environment, but are now suffering due to the …

Shortening the Supply Chain

The names vary—GAS in Italy, AMAP in France, CSA in the USA, GASAP in Belgium—but the idea is the same: Groups of farmers and citizens who make a pact to support, clean, local, community-driven agricultural systems. Then there are farmers’ …

Origin, Diversity and Territories: Perspective on Territories in Transition

The Forum ‘Origin, Diversity and Territories‘ brings together a global panel of stakeholders, all engaged in new ways of thinking and doing development. This knowledge sharing platform explores new ways of thinking and doing development, where the identity, the origin, the quality …

Slow Food Travel – travelling according to Slow Food

Every territory contains traditions, tastes, and artisanal practices who can contribute to the uniqueness of sustainable tourism offers in rural areas. Simultaneously, if correctly implemented, rural tourism can nurture origin-linked artisan food production chains. This forums explore some of the …

Mead: The Drink of the Gods

Mead, obtained from alcoholic fermentation of honey, is considered one of the oldest beverages in the world, with over 15,000 years of history. At Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, we will compare the mead of producers from Poland (Polish Mead …

School Gardens

In Berkeley, California, in the mid-nineties, the famous chef and activist Alice Waters conceived and cultivated Slow Food’s first school garden. Since then, school gardens in the Slow Food network have flourished everywhere, there are over 500 in Italy, more …

Slow Fish Caribe

Launched in 2017, Slow Fish Caribe involves several Caribbean countries, including Mexico, Colombia, Honduras, Barbados, and Costa Rica. It aims to strengthen and disseminate models of conservation and responsible consumption in protected areas and to care for marine and coastal …