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Terra Madre - Slow Food

The delegates to Terra Madre 2010 have been confirmed. Congratulations to our local delegates:

Andrea Carlson, Bishops Restaurant
Mark Bomford, Director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
Christopher Hergesheimer, Grain Chain Project, Flour Peddler, Urban Grain CSA Coordinator
Holger Schwichtenberg, Holberg Dairy Farm
Amy Suess, Skeeter Farm (CSA)
Heather Pritchard, Community Farm Director (FarmFolk/CityFolk) and Glorious Garnish Organics
Jordan Maynard, Southlands Farm, Vancouver (CSA)
Jeremy Pitchford, Glen Valley Organic Farm Co-operative
Dawn Morrison, B.C. Food Systems Network – Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty
Fred Sampson, Chief/Chair of the Siska Traditions Society

More than 5,000 representatives from the worldwide Terra Madre network will meet in Turin, Italy for the fourth time this October 21 to 25. The five-day meeting will bring together food communities, cooks, academics, youth and musicians from all over the world, who are united in a desire to promote sustainable local food production in harmony with the environment while respecting knowledge handed down over the generations.

A new feature of Terra Madre 2010 will be a focus on cultural and linguistic diversities - in recognition of the need to defend minority ethnic groups and indigenous languages, and with an appreciation of the value of oral traditions and memory. At the opening ceremony, representatives of indigenous communities from all continents across the world will speak to the audience in their native languages.

An entire day will be dedicated to examining eight crucial issues for the future of agriculture and the planet (from biodiversity to renewable energies and education to traditional knowledge). Also, communities will meet in national and regional sessions.

In conjunction with Terra Madre, Turin will host the eight edition of the Salone del Gusto, whose central theme food and places. The event’s aim will be to provide visitors/consumers with the ability to understand the “other side” of the food world and to get to know the characteristics, stories and cultures of quality products. All the different areas in which Slow Food is active are covered by the overarching “food and places” theme, and will find their ideal forum at Salone del Gusto 2010: from our Presidia projects and the Earth Markets, to the fight against GMOs.
The Salone del Gusto thus becomes a place for debate and awareness-raising around all the most important issues related to food and gastronomy, without ever losing Slow Food’s distinctive approach, its focus on pleasure, which touches the most universal chords and restores identity and symbolic value to food.

We are raising funds to cover airfare for our youth farmers and delegates attending Terra Madre.

Format of Event: 
Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 20:30 - Monday, October 25, 2010 - 17:00
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Turin, Italy