At Terra Madre Salone de Gusto this year a total of 130 countries were represented by over 7,000 thousand delegates and many more visitors from across the food system who joined together to celebrate the Slow Food movement, share experiences and generate new connections, ideas and friendships to support the future growth of the movement at home and internationally.
Paolo Di Croce, Slow Food International General Secretary comments: “Seven thousand delegates from 143 countries, 300 Slow Food Presidia and 1000 food communities of the Terra Madre network from five continents. These are not simply numbers, they represent a humanity that is united here to discuss the great challenges which we must confront, above all the safeguarding of agricultural biodiversity. The event’s new open air formula, the discussion spaces and the interactive tours have helped foster a direct and fertile relationship between visitors and delegates, raising awareness and creating positive energy towards the objective of Slow Food: good, clean and fair food for all.”
Over 5000 members of the public followed the series of conferences at the Carignano Theater, dedicated to themes of agroecology, health, migration, the relationship between food and art and cinema. Another 5000 participated in the Terra Madre Forums, listening carefully to the experiences of our delegates.
The SFYN TANK brought young people with food expertise and creative expertise together in order to critically think out solutions to food problems. It was a test-run to potentially being a “think-tank” within Slow Food and a skills-training opportunity for people within our network to learn how partake-in and organize such workshops.
We were delighted to have three members of the SFYN in Scotland who attended and participated in three different workshops at the tank:
Really designing sustainable kitchens: Steph Marsden
Democratising food communication: Gillian Rodger
Improving access to the slaughterhouse for livestock-farmers: Donald Mackinnon
Each group had a really diverse mix of people from around the world who all were involved in work within different parts of the food chain, which led to some very interesting discussions about the complexity of finding global solutions to each of the individual workshop topics.
Like the other editions of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, there was also SFYN conference on September 23rd dedicated to SFYN with all the youth delegates present in Torino. It was a chance to get to know the new members and future food leaders that have recently joined from around the world, hear about the development of the Youth Food Academy programme in Uganda and to have a look at what’s been happening a year since last year’s gathering at “Terra Madre Giovani – We Feed The Planet”.
The seeds were also sewn to create a Global Disco Soup Day with all Slow Food Youth Networks around the world in Spring 2017, a fantastic suggestion from Caio Bonamigo Dordogne who helped co-ordinate a Brazilian Disco Soup with over 7,000 participants across 14 cities spanning 4/5 regions earlier in the year – an event that used over 500kg of intercepted food waste!