Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

Written by Nahia Pesina

Rome (EFE).- The Slow Food movement, which promotes good, clean and fair food, recognizes the “power” of Latin American countries and their indigenous communities, as well as the “value they bring to food sovereignty on the planet”. ,” its new president, Edward Mukiibi of Uganda, assured EFE.

For this reason, in “Terra Madre”, the great sustainable food fair that opens today in Turin (Northern Italy), with the expected presence of more than 6,000 representatives from the organization’s 160 member countries, “supports indigenous communities so that they can. Raise their voices and Encourage traditional and ancestral practices, where they come from”.

The XIV edition of the Turin Hall of Taste, focused on the regeneration of food from an environmentally-sustainable approach, will host representatives from Spain, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia or Chile in the next 5 days, who are able. To share their experiences to turn into future projects.

“The Slow Food community, in addition to creating knowledge on this platform ‘Terra Madre’, also shares inspiration, and plans to fight for the rights of indigenous communities, and more generally,” explains Mukibi.

Challenges, solutions and symbolism

The main objective of the event, which has both face-to-face and online components and various activities such as debates, conferences or educational discussions, is to share knowledge about sustainable food to preserve local and traditional gastronomy and, thus, protect all means.

As Mukibi explained, the main challenges facing this year’s Hall of Test are mainly climate change, food shortages “mainly in the southern hemisphere”, but also conflicts such as those suffered in Ukraine, Congo or Mali.

“In Terra Madre, local action solutions to global problems will be sought,” argued Slow Food’s new president, who last July replaced the movement’s historic founder, Italian activist and gastronome Carlo Petrini.

Participants in a Terra Madre meeting in the municipality of Tlaula (Mexico) in a file photograph. EFE/Hilda Rios

One of the topics that will be put on the table is the consumption of meat and the need to transform both towards sustainable methods, since Mukibi points out, “due to regular production, many environmental problems have been created”.

Among the novelties of this edition is a selected stage, because for the first time “Terra Madre” will land in Parque Dora, an old industrial area that has been the center of an urban transformation and rebuilding project for almost 15 years.

“Choosing Park Dora is a symbol that says it’s not too late to take action to regenerate this planet,” Mukiibi explained to EFE.

A new stage

The new president comes at the head of the movement, which brings together tens of thousands of activists from more than 160 countries, three decades after Petrini and to push forward new projects.

“I believe that the legacy left by Carlo will continue, although I bring new ideas and a new political vision to create a better system for all,” he said, praising the work of his predecessor.

Petrini, 73, created Slow Food as a form of protest against the opening of a fast food establishment in Rome’s Plaza de España in 1986, the year Muccibi was born.

Chef Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food, in a file photo. EFE/Xavier Atzejarreta

This new phase brings important changes, he explains, such as “the intention to influence the policies and programs of private and public institutions to promote safe food systems, since many policies support systems that are destroying the planet, something we need to change”.

The new president is clear that political vision is the main course of action: “We need to continue with inclusion and connectivity.”

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