21 September

The Art and Practice of Saving Seeds

Torino-Lingotto Fiere

Today, those who cultivate a garden buy seeds or seedlings, while the knowledge of farming communities regarding the selection and reproduction seeds has almost disappeared.

In fact, just six multinationals control 63% of the global seed market, marketing the same commercial hybrids worldwide. To save biodiversity, we need to support small producers of traditional seeds. In Europe there are several interesting projects, such as the Organization Professionnelle des Artisans Semencier Européen Européen (“professional organization of European seed craftsmen”) and the Seminiamo la biodiversità (“let’s sow biodiversity”) project, promoted by Eataly, Slow Food, the University of Palermo, and the Arcoiris seed company. This project brings together seed and vegetable producers with distributors and caterers, involving the whole supply chain from seed to plate.


  • Antonio Lo Fiego, Italy, Arcoiris;
  • Paolo Arrigo, Italy, Franchi sementi;
  • Xavier Hamon, France, Slow Food Chefs’ Alliance, France;
  • Nebojsa Dinovic, Serbia, Superior Seed, a family seed company;

Moderator: Francesco Sottile, Slow Food Italy, agronomist, University of Palermo

The Terra Madre thematic Forums are presented by delegates of the network and are open to the public as long as seats are available.

Priority entrance reserved for delegates. Access requires registration on site.

21 September

16:00 - 18:00

Food for Change – Semi/ Seeds – Pad./Pav. 3