Slow Food Day
Today (Saturday), just two days after Oxfam brought the GROW campaign (COLTIVA in Italian) to Coldplay showgoers in Turin, Slow Food Italia is celebrating local food with Slow Food Day.
The Slow Food movement – founded in Italy in 1989 as a response to the growth of fast food culture – is all about uniting the pleasure of food with sustainability and more responsible eating. With over 100,000 supporters in 150 countries, Slow Food aims to reignite people’s interest in where the food they eat comes from and how it affects those who grow it, and encourage the re-emergence of disappearing local food traditions.
In the market squares all over Italy, today is dedicated to defending good, clean and fair food from local producers. 300 Italian piazzas come to life with gazebos, market tours, workshops, taster sessions and a campaign to raise awareness of issues like climate change and food prices. In Turin, there will be tours of the market and food workshops in the Piazza Madama Cristina, and campaign talks on food cooperatives and conserving the environment.
For Turin, the Slow Food Movement is huge. Terra Madre is a massive multi-cultural food festival held in the town annually to celebrate the work of small-scale producers around the world. Like us, Slow Food believes that the future of food is the future of the planet. And what better way to get people talking about this then to throw a huge festival? Every year, thousands of Slow Food supporters from all over the world descend on Turin for Terra Madre, to celebrate the diversity of food from every continent and unite producers of the south with consumers of the north.
In October, the global meeting of Slow Food, Salone del Gusto (or Big Room of Taste, translated roughly) will combine with Terra Madre, in a unified super event, to explore key issues connected with food production and consumption: from the role of young people and small-scale traditional producers for the future of agriculture, to the safeguarding of landscapes; from the fight for GM-free farming to the protection of herders and small-scale fishers, and much more. It’s also a chance to meet the people behind the 1,000 food gardens that Slow Food is establishing with African communities, take part in debates, taste workshops and food courses.
If you’re in Italy, find out where you local Slow Food Day event is.
Read about Terra Madre.