“Defending the earth means safeguarding biodiversity, the landscape and farming. Those who haven’t seen theimportance of farming haven’t understood anything!” Carlo Petrini, Founder of Slow Food
Monday, February 24, 2014
Terra Madre & Salone del Gusto 2014
The 2014 edition of the international Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto world meeting of food communities, held in Turin, Italy, from October 23-27, will display the extraordinary diversity of food from around the world and unite small-scale farmers and artisans who follow the principles of good, clean and fair. While Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto are open to the public, each country cultivates and sponsors a delegation that represents the diversity of its good, clean and fair food movement. Delegates are chosen for their ability to represent the breadth of the country’s food traditions and movement success stories as well as their capacity to take the new lessons, ideas and relationships back to the challenges still to be met at home.
Slow Food USA will have a 240-person delegation for Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto in 2014. Regional selection committees will help guide the selection of the majority of U.S. delegates.
This year, the theme of Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto is food diversity as an alternative to industrial agriculture, especially as expressed through Slow Food’s Ark of Taste and Presidia projects. The events also will closely coordinate with the International Year of the Family Farmer. The Slow Food USA delegation will also celebrate the immense human and cultural diversity present in the US. Thus farmers and producers of Ark of Taste products, as well as people of color, youth immigrants and native peoples, are especially encouraged to apply.