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Food for Thought: Interactive Pathways and Themed Spaces

Meat consumption, biodiversity protection, migrant cultures and indigenous peoples, plus honey, bees and beekeepers and fish, fishing and fishers… Here are the themes of the interactive pathways and themed spaces at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2016.

A themed space spread around the streets of the San Salvario neighborhood and beyond

Migration is one of the central themes in the Terra Madre Salone del Gusto program. Great attention will be dedicated to the subject, seen as the consequence of shortsighted policies and decisions that concern us very directly. Reflecting its nature, the theme will “migrate” from place to place, around a city historically marked by new arrivals and the integration of new cultures. Venues will be in San Salvario, at the Lombroso 16 center and the Casa del Quartiere, and at the Porta Palazzo market and the Teatro Carignano, with debates, multiethnic gastronomy events, musical and artistic performances, literary meetings, city tours and theater shows.

Among the many programmed events, we would like to highlight the conference “Land, Conflict and Migration”, with the founder of Emergency, Gino Strada, among the speakers, to be held on Sunday September 25 at 2pm; “Soup for Syria”, also on Sunday September 25, from 5.30pm to 9pm, a debate with comic artist Zerocalcare and delegates from Kobane, but also a concert and a Syrian soup tasting; Migrantour’s walks around Europe’s largest open-air market, every day from 10am to 12 noon (leaving from Galleria Umberto I) and the various events of the Festival of Mediterranean Food.



Indigenous Terra Madre
Valentino Park

If you mapped the points where agrobiodiversity is concentrated around the world, it would be clear that they often coincide with places where indigenous peoples live. The protection of biodiversity must also include the protection of the cultural diversity of these peoples, of their rights and their ability to offer concrete solutions to problems like climate change. Organized with support from IFAD and the Christensen Fund, the Indigenous Terra Madre space wants to raise public awareness about these themes and give indigenous communities a way to discuss their shared problems and come up

with common solutions.

Conferences open to the public will be held on Friday September 23 from 2pm to 4pm and Saturday September 24 and Sunday September 25 from 3pm to 5pm. They will be followed by musical performances with the Sounds of Terra Madre.




Let it Bee
Rettorato Courtyard, University of Turin, Via Po 17

The phenomenon of bee die-offs is increasingly common and worrying. Intensive agriculture and the growing use of pesticides in the fields are the likely culprits. Defending bees and beekeepers means defending the biodiversity of the environment and promoting clean agriculture. In the Let It Bee space, you’ll be able to find out about the challenges facing beekeeping today and, though conferences, debates and an exhibition, discover its secrets: How is honey tasted? Are all honeys the same around the world? Can honey really be made on urban balconies and rooftops?

Conferences open to the public will be held on Saturday September 24 at 2pm, Sunday September 25 at 10am, 12 noon and 3pm, and on Monday September 26 at 10am and 11.30am. Honey tastings will be on Thursday September 22 and Friday September 23 at 11.30am and 5.30pm and on Saturday September 24 at 5.30pm. The exhibition is open throughout the days of the event.

Slow Fish
Società Canottieri Armida Terrace, Viale Virgilio 45 (Valentino Park)

For almost a billion people in developing countries, fish and seafood represent their main source of protein. But the survival of fishing communities is threatened by industry’s increasingly rapacious exploitation of the seas and lakes as well as climate change, pollution and systems of resource management that exclude small-scale fishers. Considering water and marine resources as a common good is the central focus of the Slow Fish space, where visitors can hear stories about fishing from around the world and meet the heroes of the sea: fishers, chefs and researchers who are fighting tirelessly to promote good, clean and fair fishing.

The Slow Fish space will be hosting events every day. Visit the website in the next few days to find out all the details.

Slow Meat Pathway – Valentino Park

What is the price of the steak on your plate? And what is its real cost? You’ll find out that it all depends on the type of farming used to produce the meat. A steak from a cow raised in an intensive, industrial system might be lighter on your wallet, but has heavy costs for the environment, animal welfare and even your health. On the other side, a steak from a cow farmed sustainably might have a higher price, but it will be better for the environment, healthier for you and even tastier. Slow Meat will be comparing the two processes, industrial and sustainable, from field to farm to shop to plate, and will be offering useful tips on how to make better choices.

Saving Biodiversity Pathway – Piazza Castello

Over the last 70 years, we have lost three-quarters of the plant varieties selected by generations of farmers over 10,000 years of agriculture. The global market focuses on a few commercial varieties and the rest are being wiped out at an incredible rate. An extraordinary heritage of vegetables, fruits, legumes and animal breeds is being lost, but so too are traditional cheeses, cured meats, breads and sweets, leaving us all poorer and more vulnerable.

This pathway will allow visitors to discover the value of biodiversity, the importance of healthy, living soil and the essential role of seeds, the first link in our food chain. Using touch and smell, you’ll be able to get to know the shapes and scents of biodiversity. Revolving illustrated panels will explain the difference between different agricultural models, and you’ll be able to feel different types of soil, play with multi-colored seeds and learn all about the Slow Food projects to protect and promote biodiversity: the Ark of Taste, the Presidia and the food gardens,

The interactive pathways are open every day from 10am to 7pm (Slow Meat) and from noon to midnight (Saving Biodiversity Pathway). At the end of each one, you’ll be able to learn more about Slow Food, our projects and our campaigns to protect biodiversity and soil fertility.

An Event by
 Città di Torino
 Slow Food
 Regione Piemonte
In collaboration with
With the contribution of
Official Partners
Supporters of the Terra Madre Foundation and Slow Food
With the support of

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto
Slow Food Promozione P.Iva 02220020040
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