20 September

Where is Organic Farming Headed?

Torino-Lingotto Fiere

Since the 1980s, the amount of land dedicated to organic farming has increased steadily and organic farms are getting bigger.

In the last decade, organic chain stores have multiplied and certified organic products have become increasingly available from large-scale distributors. These developments are positive, but they also raise important questions: Are monocultures consistent with the philosophy of organic farming? What about out-of-season products that come from the other side of the world, and processed foods that are labeled organic but contain additives and preservatives? Is the certification system reliable? Are participatory guarantee systems a possible solution for small producers who turn to local markets?


  • Frédéric Denhez, France, journalist and writer, author of the book “Le Bio, au risque de se perdre”.
  • Carlo Triarico, Italy, President of the Association for Biodynamic Agriculture
  • Leidy Casimiro Rodriguez, Cuba, groecologist, Universidad de Sancti Spíritus
  • Marcela Biglia, Argentina, UCAR (Unidad para el Cambio Rural) Ministry of Agriculture (Argentina)
  • Tiejun Wen, China, Renmin University, Institute for Rural Reconstruction, Southwest University
  • Maurizio Gily,  director of Millevigne and teacher of Viticulture at the Università di Scienze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo
  • Eduardo Cuoco, IFOAM Director

Moderator: Piero Sardo, Italy, President of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity

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.

20 September

13:00 - 15:00

Sala Blu/Blue Room