In Conversation with the UK’s Youth Delegates – Russ Carrington

Over the coming weeks before Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2018 commences we are sharing short interviews with some of the youth delegates attending the biggest global gathering of food communities in the world! 

Next up is Russ Carrington, who runs the Pasture for Life Association in the UK and is also the current Chair of Rural Youth Europe. We first met Russ at Terra Madre in 2016 and have really appreciated learning about the vital importance of including pasture-fed in the conversation around ‘ethical’ meat and cheese through his talks and contribution to Slow Food activities as well as his passion for nurturing young leadership and opportunities for young farmers and rural communities – oh and his cider-making abilities!

What is your name
Russ Carrington

What’s your happiest food memory?
Taking 5 hours to eat a meal of the best food at my friend’s house in the Alps

What originally inspired you to get involved in your work?
The need for change

How are you helping to or hoping to build a better food system?
By building supportive communities focused around sustainable food and farming, and where leadership skills are fostered.

What’s the most pressing issue in food and agriculture that you’d like to see solved?
The realisation of the issues relating to climate change – only then can we make proper plans to resolve.

How can we best stimulate young adults curiosity about food and agriculture and encourage their participation in building healthier food systems?
Shock treatment into the often unseen sides of food production.

Who are your food heroes?
Denise Walton – Peelham Farm

Which of this year’s Terra Madre themes most relates to your work and why?
I don’t know what the themes are! Slow Meat maybe?

If you could travel to one country in the world to experience their food culture where would it be?
Alaska and experience how the Inuit eat and use everything

You might not know this but…(give a secret fact about you related to food)
I attended the Hokitika wild food festival in New Zealand and tasted some pretty crazy stuff!


You can find out a little more about our 19 delegates from Scotland and what they’re hoping to gain from attending Terra Madre Salone del Gusto this September in our earlier blog post!

Find out about what SFYN international will be doing at Terra Madre Salone Del Gusto by viewing the official events programme

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