Food For Change: Bees and Insects

How insects can bring change…

Bees and pollinating insects play a crucial role in biodiversity and agriculture. Without their assistance many plant species would no longer exist. FAO estimates that out of some 100 crop species which provide 90% of food worldwide, 71 of these are bee-pollinated. Insects and pollinators are an essential element of our environment, they assist in the continuation of biodiversity and keep our plants alive, they also are an incredible source of nutrition.

Did you know…

 Did you know that there is a strong connection between bees and the food we eat? Did you know that the survival of bees depends on our chosen agricultural models and that the use of pesticides has challenged the balance between agriculture and bees survival? Did you know insects are integral components of the ecosystem? Are you aware of the many ways insects help our soil and plants? Have you heard that the UN stated insects could be a solution for global hunger? Did you know insects can contain levels of protein comparable to meat?

Slow Food is committed  to defending and promoting agroecological models that are insect and bee-friendly. Our position on insects and agriculture can be summarized as follows:  encourage against the use of harmful pesticides, and support small-scale agriculture, based on crop rotation and sustainable pest- and weed-control methods in order to preserve biodiversity of agricultural landscapes and guarantee sustainability.

 

Insects and Bee Area

Insects and Terra Madre Salone del Gusto

If you are interested in learning more about insects and their benefits, Terra Madre Salone del Gusto offers:

  •  Thematic forums, will be held focusing on agroecology and insects used in these methods, as well as the Melipona bee together with other bee varieties and their health, and edible insects as a food of the future.
  • School activities, occurring every day until 1pm.
  •  An interactive path, where thanks to the guidance of experts you will be able to discover and learn more about the importance of insects.
  • On the path you will also be able to taste many different types of honey from all over the world.

All events at this thematic area are free to attend.  Check out the list of events and search “Bees and Insects”.

The Bees and Insects area, found in the halls of the Lingotto Fiere, is also a Slow Food point! Take the opportunity to get to know us, find more information about our campaigns and leave us your contact information if you would like to stay updated with all the movement’s projects!

The #FoodforChange Bees and Insects area is made possible with the collaboration of Ambasciatori dei mieli  and the Department of Life Sciences and Biology Systems. University of Turin.

AMI, Ambassadors and Honeys’ Ambassadors is a cultural association that supports and spreads the culture of beekeeping, honey and other hive products. The area of greatest competence and activity is represented by the promotion of quality honeys through the enhancement of their organoleptic characteristics. For this reason, the association plays a specific role in spreading the techniques of sensory analysis of honey, supports the training of its members and protects and enhances the role of experts and experts in tasting.

20 September
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Plant more flowers for the Bees!

Agricultural farms have become food deserts for bees and pollinators in general. Farmland is often dominated by one or two plant species, devoid of flowers for most of the year and contaminated with pesticides. To save the bees from extinction […]

20 September
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High-Altitude Honey

High-altitude beekeeping is an important resource for fragile mountain economies. This practice involves following bees’ seasonal migration, moving their hives to habitats higher than 1,200 meters above sea level during the summer. At these higher altitudes, bees pollinate plants and […]

21 September
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Mead: The Drink of the Gods

Mead, obtained from the alcoholic fermentation of honey, is considered one of the oldest beverages in the world, with over 15,000 years of history. At Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, we will compare the mead of producers from Poland (Polish […]

21 September
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Small Scale Beekeeping

Bees are as precious as they are fragile, and they are increasingly exposed to the dangers of industrial agriculture and climate change. Are the current beekeeping techniques respectful of the bee’s welfare? Is it possible to enjoy bee’s gifts without […]

22 September
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Ending Pesticide Use

In the last fifty years, bee populations have been declining, this has become even more rapid since 2006. There are many different causes, but almost all can be attributed to the effects of industrial agriculture. Beekeepers have long reported disastrous […]

22 September
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A Terrible Climate for the Bees

Bee populations are suffering serious losses all over the world, with the most drastic cases being found in Europe, the United States, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil and Africa. Climate change is among the main causes of this crisis. Climate change has […]

22 September
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City Bees- A Look at Urban Beekeeping

Have you ever tried to look at a city from a bee’s point of view? The green areas we that we rarely consider are incredibly attractive to bees. Balconies, terraces, parks, vegetable gardens, flowering roundabouts are all excellent areas for […]

23 September
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Insects Helping Agriculture

Industrial agriculture tends to consider insects as enemies. Agroecology, however, teaches us that there are useful insects, powerful allies in the cultivation of certain plant varieties. Like ladybugs for example, which contribute to the biological fight against garden pests. This […]

23 September
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Butterflies in Your Stomach: Innovative Recipes and Insect Farming Start Ups

Using insects in today’s gastronomy In some parts of the world, especially in northern Europe, Michelin-starred chefs are bringing innovation to the kitchen with their recipes based on insects. This new ingredient is also inspiring many new companies focused on […]

23 September
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The Stingless Bees and Marvelous Honey

Melipone and trigone, these are the two great families of bees without stingers. In these families, around 400 individual bee species are known, all found in tropical and subtropical areas. In Amazonia and Caatinga (Brazil), and in the Sierra Norte […]

24 September
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Black Bee Breeds

Not all the bees are the classic black and yellow we have come to recognize; though these colors are typical of the Ligustica bee, a species so widespread through Italy that is often referred to as the Italian bee. However, […]

24 September
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Butterflies in Your Stomach: Insects in Culinary Traditions

Many herbivorous insects, already consumed throughout the world, are highly nutritious. These insects are low in cholesterol and saturated fats, rich in protein and are easily digested. Therefore, FAO has underlined the importance of consuming insects for the nutrition of […]

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