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Nature is a teacher

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Torino, Italy

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September 28th at 11:00 in your time zone

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Nature is a teacher, and it has a class of rather undisciplined students. Fewer and fewer young people get the opportunity to spend extended periods outdoors, even as studies on the pointing to the importance of cultivating connections with the natural environment for personal and planetary wellbeing continue to multiply.

Learning in and with nature reconnects us to the Earth, arouses interest and curiosity about the environment, and puts us back in touch with natural rhythms. Nature also teaches us about the things we eat, giving us a chance to rediscover the link between food and soil, to understand the value of food, and to make informed decisions as eaters.


  • Giuseppe Barbiero (Italy) is a biologist, researcher in Ecology at the University of Valle d’Aosta, and member of the Environmental Education and Teaching working group of the Italian Society of Ecology. He is director of the international scientific journal Visions for Sustainability and author of Ecologia affettiva: Come trarre benessere fisico e mentale dal contatto con la natura (Affective ecology: How to derive physical and mental wellbeing from contact with nature), published by Mondadori in 2017.
  • Dali Nolasco Cruz (Mexico), a member of the Slow Food Board of Directors, works to protect and promote Creole seeds, food, territories, and indigenous biodiversity in Mexico. She leads the Slow Food Tlaola Kukuk Convivium, coordinates the Tlaola Serrano Chili Pepper Slow Food Presidium, and directs the Timo’Patla Intercultural Organization A.C. and Mopampa, a network of social and solidarity economy businesses run by Indigenous women. She organizes training courses for women, youth, and children on topics including rights, gender, and interculturality.
  • Alice Waters (USA) is a chef, essayist, food education activist, vice president of Slow Food International, and owner of the famous Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. In 1996 she created the Edible Schoolyard project, a vegetable garden cultivated by students. It is thanks to Alice Waters that Michelle Obama created the organic garden at the White House.

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

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