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. The full program will be available in June, be sure to come back and check out the calendar for all events!

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!