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Earth Overshoot Day

Yesterday, humanity reached the Overshoot Day for 2016: that means we have run out of renewable resources that nature provides us with in a year, and that from now on we will use resources intended for the next generation to come.

This is extremely alarming data, since the last year in which the consumption of resources equaled the actual availability dates back to 1970. From that moment on, the Overshoot day has come earlier and earlier. For example, in 2000 it was at the end of September and in 2016 it is August Beauty-of-earth8.

Slow Food has always warned about the sickness of our planet and it has been working to find solutions to the problem; it has decided to underline once again its commitment in this direction through the SEeD project (Systemic Event Design), in collaboration with the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo. This project has managed to reduce the expected environmental impact of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2016 (from September 22 to 26 in Turin, Italy): the event will use only certified renewable sources. The supply of this energy will be guaranteed by our systemic project partners, IREN. Energy savings during the event will also be made possible through the use of lighting fixtures and low-consumption appliances.

The commitment to reduce the amount of waste produced and to promote recycling will be central: more than 100 recycling areas will be set up, overseen by 250 volunteers organized by the Italian environmental association Legambiente.

Since the first online publication of the program in May, visitors have been invited to reach Turin and travel around the city by using public transportation, and the organization will use the latest generation reduced emission vehicles in order to transport the delegates to and from the event.

The theme chosen for the 2016 edition, Loving the Earth, will show the way to possible solutions. Serena Milano, General Secretary of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, explains: “Looking after the environment and the planet we live on is the most important issue of our time, and an obligation for everyone who works with food. We want to rediscover the pleasure of taking care of the Earth, together with producers, teachers, chefs, academics, farmers, food communities and above all, everyday people and families. For this reason, we are organizing workshops, conferences, tasting sessions and educational courses.”

Several themed spaces and interactive tours will be dedicated to crucial campaigns to save the planet: from the preserving of biodiversity to the need to reduce meat consumption, from the promotion of more sustainable fishing, to the need to safeguard bees and other pollinating insects increasingly threatened by intensive farming and the use of pesticides, from soil defense to water, seeds and other protections of the common good.

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto will also host several educational spaces aimed at schools and families, where we’ll learn how to grow a garden, make compost, choose seasonal vegetables, and take care of seeds. The options for cultivating your own food are greater than we perhaps imagine: in the ground, in a vase, on the balcony, in the garden, in the countryside or in urban spaces.


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 Slow Food
 Regione Piemonte
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