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Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2020 is opening today

Begins the event dedicated to good, clean and fair food, organized by Slow Food, the Piedmont Region and the City of Turin

"An Italian challenge but also a meeting with the world that aims to raise public awareness towards the protection of the planet and about access to better and more sustainable food&", declared the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli

"The environment is the key that holds everything else together, from work to the economy, from social issues to the migration problem. We must understand that ecological and social progress must go hand in hand and feed each other": with these words , delivered in a video message broadcast on, the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli greeted the start of the thirteenth edition of the most important event dedicated to good, clean and fair food, organized by Slow Food, the Piedmont Region and the City of Turin, which begins today. "An Italian challenge but also a meeting with the world which aims to raise public awareness of the protection of the planet and access to better, cleaner and more sustainable food", declared Sassoli . A challenge that can no longer be postponed because, he added, "sustainable development is not only an essential condition for the planet and humanity, but also a duty towards future generations". Sassoli therefore urged to "invest in food security, improve the quality of nutrition, support local economies, promote biodiversity, avoid waste", all issues for which our association has been fighting for years.

Marie Haga , the vice president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations agency with which Slow Food has been carrying out the Empowering Indigenous Youth and Their Communities To Defend And Promote Their project for three years also intervened in the video message. Food Heritage. "On the occasion of Terra Madre, IFAD and Slow Food will share the experiences gained during this project, organizing five events to illustrate some examples of indigenous food systems" he announced. "The food we eat affects our health, yet it sometimes escapes us that what we eat, how we consume it, and how that food is produced also crucially affect the health of the planet."

The unprecedented 2020 edition of the event, inaugurated today and which will continue for six months with online appointments and events in 160 countries around the world, will be an opportunity to think about all these aspects: We need a paradigm shift in terms of economy and sustainability, starting from the themes of the earth and the environment, taking care that our behavior is consequent ”explained the president of Slow Food, Carlo Petrini . To do this, everyone must be committed in every corner of the planet. Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is, for the first time, literally global: an invaluable opportunity, a unique opportunity that will involve hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. "This virus does not allow us to physically meet in Turin but it is asking us questions to which we all must answer. is as disastrous as the one that this industrial system of food production gives us. Be creative, develop our themes - Petrini's appeal -. I ask you for great imagination, ideas and new projects that can become the legs of our movement and that they can also be an example for others ".

The inaugural day continues with the first of the major Conferences, New geographies and possible futures, at 5pm today, streaming on the web platform of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2020. Speakers: Franco Farinelli , former professor of Geography at the University of Bologna and lecturer at the Universities of Geneva, Los Angeles, Berkeley, and at the Sorbonne in Paris, author of the essay The invention of the Earth; Paul Collier , director of the International Growth Center (IGC), an economic research center based at the London School of Economics, and author of the essays The Future of Capitalism and The Last Billion; Virginie Raisson , international relations analyst specializing in perspective geopolitics, director of the French study center Lépac, and author of the Atlas of the world's futures. Moderator: Davide Papotti , professor of cultural geography at the University of Parma.

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