In addition to the event’s overarching theme, Terra Madre Salone del Gusto will give plenty of space to the policies of the Slow Food movement. There will be a particular focus on the issues and areas of action expressed in the Declaration of Chengdu, and the six motions approved at the last Slow Food International Congress. Developed through a collective process, these represent the shared objectives and the fronts on which Slow Food is working internationally .
The Declaration of Chengdu highlights the need to fight for access to good, clean, fair and healthy food for all. It also emphasizes the fact that access to knowledge should be a common right and traditional knowledge must be granted the same dignity as academic learning. Further the Declaration calls for global action and the rejection of “any form of political, economic and social exclusion that turns into outlaws people who migrate on account of conflict, violence, discrimination, eviction, poverty and natural calamity”. Slow Food International Congress reasserts that environmental protection is the main priority of our work; that diversity is the greatest wealth we possess as humans and as a community; and the desire to tackle at all levels the unjust division of riches and opportunities.
Here is a synthesis of the content of the motions:
• “Climate changes, our food choices, the agriculture we want” talks about the commitment to launch informational and educational campaigns to raise awareness. The aim is to continue and strengthen actions promoting and protecting all forms of agriculture that are practiced in harmony with the environment that preserve biodiversity and natural resources Further it aims to reassert the central role of farmers in the food system.
• “The Africa of Slow Food and Terra Madre” reconfirms Slow Food’s work in the African continent. This work is translated into concrete projects like the African food gardens, biodiversity mapping, practical support for small-scale producers and the creation of a network of young African leaders.
• “Biodiversity, knowledge, communities and cultures that we want to defend and support” focuses on one of the Slow Food movement’s most characteristic areas of action: biodiversity protection. This is reflected in projects such as the Ark of Taste, the Slow Food Presidia and the Earth Markets.
• “Indigenous peoples’ knowledge, a key ally in facing global challenges” starts from the presupposition that indigenous peoples are the primary stewards of agrobiodiversity. It commits to the development of projects in the field together with indigenous communities and increased opportunities for participation.
• “Transmission of wisdom, access to knowledge, the diffused university” takes note of the fact that the distance between traditional knowledge and academic science is still great. Too often knowledge accumulated over the centuries by communities is not granted dignity and recognition by academic institutions. Academic knowledge must be able to dialogue increasingly closer and consistently with rural and artisanal wisdom, which represents the identity of a specific places.
• “Plastic in the planet’s ecosystem: A threat to our food and health” is a response to the estimate that if current trends continue, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the seas than fish. The motion calls for the value of plastic to be recognized, for it to no longer be considered a disposable product and for new recovered material to be reintroduced into the market and the economic cycle.