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Agroecology: Agriculture on the side of nature

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Torino, Italy

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17:00

September 27th at 17:00 in your time zone

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The Earth has always nourished and accommodated us, and yet we humans often have not been caring and generous in return. On the contrary, the global industrial food system is unsustainable and unjust. Agriculture, the very activity that connects us most intimately to the land, now produces at least a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions, releases synthetic chemicals into the environment, threatens biodiversity, and erodes soil fertility. Agriculture is both a cause and a victim of climate change, but it could also be a solution…

There are models of agriculture—and of human existence—that work with rather than against nature and that represent an alternative paradigm in which we can mend the broken relationships between food production, the environment, ecological systems, and society. Our answer to the ecological and climate crises is agroecology, which is not just an approach to agriculture, but an integrated, systematic vision—a science, a practice, and a social movement—that provides us with the tools we need to produce food in a way that respects soil, water, pollinators, and the global ecosystem. Agroecology is the key for transforming food systems.

We will present a new Slow Food project that promotes agroecological producers and supports all food producers in a just transition to agroecology as a viable model for dignified lives on this planet.

Panelists:

  • Edward Mukiibi (Uganda), president of Slow Food
  • Miguel Altieri, (Chile), Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, served as General Coordinator of the United Nations Sustainable Agriculture Program and as a Scientific Advisor to the Latin American Consortium on Agroecology and Development. His book, Agroecology: The Science of Sustainable Agriculture, is a foundational volume in the field of agroecology.
  • Mariama Sonco (Senegal), a farmer, activist, and national coordinator of Nous Sommes la Solution (“We are the solution”), a rural women’s movement for food sovereignty active in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana, Guinea, and beyond.
  • Morgan Ody, (France), a vegetable farm in Brittany, is a member of ECVC (European Coordination Via Campesina) and the General Coordinator of La Via Campesina International.

This event is free and open to all who are interested. To participate, please book a spot on the website (just click on the “Register” button on the event page and leave your email address). We recommend arriving at the Arena 10 minutes before the start of the event. The organizers reserve the right to reassign your seat if you are not present within 5 minutes of the start.

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is presented by Slow Food, the City of Turin, and the Piedmont Region. We look forward to seeing you at Parco Dora in Turin from Thursday, September 26 – Monday, September 30. Through food, we can rediscover ourselves as part of nature. #TerraMadre2024.

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Event location:
Piemonte – Torino - Parco Dora, Parco Dora – Joannah Stutchbury Arena
Ingresso Corso Mortara - Torino (Italy)
GPS: 45.0901115, 7.672939

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