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Resisting the wheat crisis with the Slow Grains network

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Torino, Italy

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September 27th at 11:00 in your time zone

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Throughout the Mediterranean, wheat and bread are powerful symbols, expressed in an incredible diversity of products (pasta, couscous, baked goods), varieties, shapes, and techniques.

Wheat biodiversity has declined drastically in recent decades due to the introduction of commercial varieties and the proliferation of industrial production methods, with inevitable consequences for the environment and human health.

And today there is an unprecedented crisis affecting the grain sector due to price instability and major drought. Many wheat farmers, especially in inland areas, have had to leave their land or sell their fields to companies (often multinationals) that replace crops with solar panels. However, there are those who resist, focusing on traditional varieties and agroecological methods, creating closed supply chains (from field to mill to bakery), and safeguarding their territories for the future. In this conference, we will hear from members of the Slow Grains network as they reflect on their experiences of resistance.

This conference will be introduced by Mimmo Pontillo, reference person for the Slow Grains network; and moderated by Luca Martinelli, a journalist, author, and editor of the monthly magazine Altreconomia. 


  • Paolo Bàrberi, Associate Professor of Agronomy and Herbaceous Crops in the Institute of Life Sciences at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, and coordinator of the school’s Agroecology Research Group.
  • Rossano Pazzagli, Professor of Modern History at the University of Molise and director of the Emilio Sereni landscape school.
  • Salvatore Ceccarelli, former Professor of Agricultural Genetics at the University of Perugia and author of many books, who conducts research around the world on how crops adapt to climate change.
  • Alessandra Gioia of Chibò e Barbarigo cereal farm in Petralia Sottana (Palermo). 

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 – Sergio Staino Arena
Ingresso Corso Mortara - Torino (Italy)
GPS: 45.0901115, 7.672939

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