23 September

The Corn Network

Torino-Lingotto Fiere

Corn (or maize) is one of the most important agro-industrial commodities. It is used as food, animal feed, and even in the packaging.

The corn varieties that dominate the market are commercial hybrids (often genetically modified) and their cultivation has a huge impact on the environment. However, countless local varieties also exist, with yellow, black, white and purple grains, and a longer, slimmer or stockier ear. The Slow Maize network was created in Italy to support food communities that cultivate and transform traditional corn. We will compare the experiences of the network’s producers with those of delegates from around the world.


  • Loris Caretto, Italy, Slow Maize Network Italy;
  • Edward Wisdom Nthimbane, South Africa, Rainbow Corn Presidium; Larizza Aquino, Mexico, Slow Mays network in Chiapas;
  • Mauricio Juan Vives Moratorio, Uruguay, producer;
  • Christian Aguerre, France, Presidium maize Grand Roux;
  • Sepp Brandstätter, Austria, white corn in Alpe Adria, Slow Food Travel.

Moderator: Lorenzo Berlendis, Italy, national councilor for Slow Food Italia.

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.

23 September

14:00 - 16:00

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