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Facing the crisis one legume at a time: The Slow Beans recipe for resistance

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Torino, Italy

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September 28th at 11:00 in your time zone

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62 Places available

Legumes are good for us and good for the planet. They are a valuable source of micronutrients, fiber, and protein, and they are essential for keeping soils healthy.

A key element in agroecological practices, legumes not only have far less environmental impact than animals raised for protein, legumes actually improve soil fertility by fixing atmospheric nitrogen.

And then there is the extraordinary biodiversity of legumes! Across the globe, Slow Food Presidia protect 56 legume varieties, and there are over 300 kinds of peas, beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc. on the Ark of Taste.

While legumes are still an integral part of the daily diet in some countries, the fact remains that, overall, they are underappreciated and often forgotten. Diets rich in animal proteins from intensive farming and fishing operations, or plant proteins from industrial agriculture, have become the norm. But this doesn’t have to be the case, and the tide is turning thanks to Slow Beans, the Slow Food thematic network dedicated to the amazing potential and diversity of legumes.

The Slow Beans network unites chefs and producers around a shared commitment to making high-quality legumes more easily accessible to communities, especially those in urban areas where legumes are key to creating food systems that are better for the climate and for people. The Slow Beans network’s message is clear: we must put legumes back on our tables and dispel the myths that made these incredible foods unpopular in the first place. We can tackle this crisis, one legume at a time.

In this conference, members of the Slow Beans network talk about their experiences with Presidia and other projects that support a climate-friendly diet.

The panel of speakers will be published soon.

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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