The Forums

This year the Terra Madre Forums will be expanding.

The forums are a well-established format, organized to broaden perspectives on the world of food. The participants are members of the Slow Food network—producers from the food communities and Presidia, chefs, activists and experts—who will be discussing issues linked to agriculture, diet, sustainability, biodiversity and production models.

What’s new at this year’s Terra Madre Salone del Gusto

As well as the “classic” forums, open to large numbers of participants and based on topics like climate change, agroecology, GMOs, food waste and much more, the innovation in 2018 will be the thematic forums. Their “streamlined” formula is intended for a smaller number of people, and they are designed to keep the focus on certain specific issues, which will be explored in an in-depth, multi-faceted way.

What are they about? Find out for each theme:

  • Slow Meat  The Slow Meat forums will be focusing on quality livestock farming, animal welfare, the importance of protecting biodiversity and native breeds and the problems caused by factory farms. Attention will also be paid to the topic of food choices and awareness-raising campaigns that aim to emphasize the importance of more conscious eating habits.
  • Slow Fish The Slow Fish forums will be giving space to the relationship between the seas and the environment—from microplastic pollution to the risks generated by the overheating of the world’s oceans—as well as ocean grabbing and the challenges facing traditional fishing communities, the environmental damage caused by salmon and shrimp farming and certification schemes in the seafood sector.
  • Seeds  The forums dedicated to seeds will be exploring rural seeds, the role of farmers who act as custodians of traditional knowledge and skills, the many types of food garden (school, urban, the Slow Food gardens in Africa) and soil fertility. There will also be more targeted meetings on spices, oilseeds and their properties and historic gardens that preserve heirloom varieties of fruits like apples, figs, bananas and oranges
  • Bees and insects  The forums on bees and insects will look at the strong link between agricultural models and the well-being of bees, different apiculture models, different types of bee (black, stingless, etc.), honeys, the importance of insects to agriculture and insects as a “new” food source
  • Food and health The food and health forums will explore the impact of our food choices on our bodies and the consequences of widespread pesticide and antibiotic use in farming. They will also look at salt, sugar and fat and the differences between industrial and artisanal products—which can we choose and how can we consume them to minimize the risks to our health?

 

20 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Sala Azzurra/Azure Room

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
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Cibo e salute/ Food and Health – Pad./Pav. 2

Antibiotic Resistance: A New Health Emergency

Most antibiotics found on the market are not for humans, but are sold to intensive animal farms. These antibiotics are used on these farms to prevent or treat the many diseases that affect animals due to poor sanitation, overcrowding and […]

20 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Semi/ Seeds – Pad./Pav. 3

Nuts and Oil Seeds

Almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, and even sunflower, flax, sesame, and pumpkin seeds, oil seeds are found throughout the world. A small handful a day is enough to enrich our diet with beneficial elements, such as vitamins, proteins, and minerals. We will […]

20 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Slow Meat – Oval

Quality Farming – Chickens

Chicken that we buy in supermarkets is raised intensively, grown quickly and was slaughtered at 35-60 days old, while for free-range traditional chickens it’s necessary to wait at least 4 months. What parameters identify quality farming in the case of […]

20 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Slow Fish – Pad. 2/Pav. 2

Salmon Treated like Chicken

Salmon is available in every season and every supermarket, but take a look at the label: Almost all of the salmon that we find in the market is farm raised. Salmon farming is by no means sustainable. Why not? First, […]

20 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Api e insetti/ Bees and Insects – Pad./Pav. 1

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 […]

20 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Cibo e salute/ Food and Health – Pad./Pav. 2

Poison on the Plate

For many years now, synthetic chemicals have been invading our food and every aspect of our daily lives Pesticides are spread in the fields, then make their way to our table in the fruit and vegetables we eat. Our food […]

20 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Semi/ Seeds – Pad./Pav. 3

Where do Spices Come From?

Though interest in the origin of ingredients has grown in recent years, there is still a category that has yet to gain attention of the “localvores,” despite its essential contribution to the flavor of food. We are talking, of course, […]

20 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Slow Meat – Oval

Is Agriculture Possible without Animal Farming?

Animal and plant agriculture developed together over 12,000 years ago. Man had always cultivated the land using fertilizer derived from animal waste, however industrial agriculture has broken this link with the introduction of chemical fertilizers. How will the relation be […]

20 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Slow Fish – Pad. 2/Pav. 2

Climate Change: Indigenous Peoples in Danger

The harmful effects of climate change on marine ecosystems are increasing at an alarming rate. Traditional fishing communities are among the first victims. These communities have always operated in harmony with the environment, but are now suffering due to the […]

21 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Api e insetti/ Bees and Insects – Pad./Pav. 1

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
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Cibo e salute/ Food and Health – Pad./Pav. 2

Food, Health and Spirituality

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” In the 5th century BC, Hippocrates of Cos laid the foundations of a new medicine,based not only on empiricism, but also on knowledge of the body, a connection with nature […]

21 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Semi/ Seeds – Pad./Pav. 3

School Gardens

In Berkeley, California, in the mid-nineties, the famous chef and activist Alice Waters conceived and cultivated Slow Food’s first school garden. Since then, school gardens in the Slow Food network have flourished everywhere, there are over 500 in Italy, more […]

21 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Slow Meat – Oval

Quality Farming – Cattle

Industrial farming has reduced animals to machines and has completely deprived cattle of grazing and life in the open air. Furthermore, to produce one kilogram of industrial beef, 36.4 kilos of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere and about […]

21 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Slow Fish – Pad. 2/Pav. 2

Slow Fish Caribe

Launched in 2017, Slow Fish Caribe involves several Caribbean countries, including Mexico, Colombia, Honduras, Barbados, and Costa Rica. It aims to strengthen and disseminate models of conservation and responsible consumption in protected areas and to care for marine and coastal […]

21 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Api e insetti/ Bees and Insects – Pad./Pav. 1

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 […]

21 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Cibo e salute/ Food and Health – Pad./Pav. 2

Malnutrition and Health Education

According to the UN and the World Health Organization, there are three sides to malnutrition: undernutrition, micronutrient deficiency and overeating. These are worldwide problems, occurring especially in regions with economic and educational poverty. Malnutrition is found throughout Africa, where in […]

21 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Semi/ Seeds – Pad./Pav. 3

The Art and Practice of Saving Seeds

Today, those who cultivate a garden buy seeds or seedlings, while the knowledge of farming communities regarding the selection and reproduction seeds has almost disappeared. In fact, just six multinationals control 63% of the global seed market, marketing the same […]

21 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Slow Meat – Oval

Subject of Breeds

Today, industrial meat production focuses on very few breeds considered the most productive Because of this selection, in the next 20 years 1/3 of the existing breeds risk becoming extinct: meaning over 2,000 breeds! A key to the battle for […]

21 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Slow Fish – Pad. 2/Pav. 2

Mangroves and the Problem of Shrimp Farming

Most of the shrimp on the market come from the tropics, where they are fished intensively. Shrimp stocks are nearing the maximum exploitation limit and the techniques used to harvest shrimp have devastating effects on the environment. Is it better […]

22 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Api e insetti/ Bees and Insects – Pad./Pav. 1

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
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Cibo e salute/ Food and Health – Pad./Pav. 2

The Mediterranean Diet

One of the most well-known diets in the world, The Mediterranean diet first came to light in the 1970s when it was discussed in an epidemiological research paper published by Ancel Keys. Keys lauded the superiority of the Mediterranean diet, […]

22 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Slow Meat – Oval

Resistant Shepherds

Shepherds are found everywhere in the world: from the Barbagia Sarda to the pastures of Extremadura, from the Planalto Norte of Capo Verde to the mountain pastures of Georgia. Pastoralism was the original agricultural activity of human history and shepherds […]

22 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Slow Fish – Pad. 2/Pav. 2

Queens of the Sea: Women in Fishing

Traditionally, fishing is often a male activity. However, there are also female fishers, and the presence of women in fish processing is well attested. Women often work in cooperative organizations to take care of the preparation of fish before it […]

22 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Semi/ Seeds – Pad./Pav. 3

Banks, Libraries, and Granaries: Where Seeds are Conserved

The best-known example is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen: a huge “bank” that houses seeds of crop species ready to be sown in the event of a biological catastrophe. Apart from this and other […]

22 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Api e insetti/ Bees and Insects – Pad./Pav. 1

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
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Cibo e salute/ Food and Health – Pad./Pav. 2

Fats: Not All Harmful

Fat, once demonized and completely cut out from diets, has been re-evaluated. Consumption of certain types of fat in limited quantities has been found to have positive health effects. Apart from extra-virgin olive oil, there is a world of natural […]

22 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Semi/ Seeds – Pad./Pav. 3

Historical Gardens, Living Gardens

They are fragments of a glorious past that have survived for centuries and remain intact today: historic gardens and woods that preserve ancient varieties of apples, figs, bananas, and oranges. They are ancient trees that are still productive and that […]

22 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Slow Meat – Oval

Climate Friendly Farming

In 2006, the FAO Livestock’s Long Shadow Report established a strong correlation between livestock farming, meat production, and climate change. Livestock production produces around 80% of the greenhouse gas emissions of the entire agricultural sector and 14% of the overall […]

22 September
Torino-Lingotto Fiere // Food for Change – Slow Fish – Pad. 2/Pav. 2

Stop Ocean Grabbing: Managing the Ocean Together

Agricultural lands have increasingly become lands of conquest, and the same phenomenon affects seas and oceans. The term “ocean grabbing” refers to the hoarding of marine resources by powerful actors and institutions. Millions of small-scale fishers are deprived of their […]

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