24 September

The Future is Under Your Feet

Torino-Lingotto Fiere

Monocultures, fertilizers, and high-yielding seeds have tripled agricultural productivity over the last 50 years but, at the same time, have compromised soil fertility and biodiversity.

Every year, we lose 24 billion tons of fertile land worldwide and more than 60% of land is degraded to some extent. Impoverished and polluted soil cannot produce healthy food and becomes unproductive in the long run. We must learn to respect and preserve soil fertility.


  • Daniel Diehl, Germany, coordinator of the Slow Food Boden Begreifen Project (Understanding the soil);
  • François Mulet, France, association sols vivant;
  • Līga Lepse, Latvia, Institute of Horticulture;
  • Arwyn Jones, EU Joint Research Center – Natural Capital Soil Project.

Moderator: Luis Barraud, France, Association sols vivant.

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.

24 September

11:00 - 13:00

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