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What’s on our plates?

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Torino, Italy

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17:30

September 29th at 17:30 in your time zone

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How do we know whether the imported products that we find on European shelves and tables are produced according to the same food and environmental safety requirements that are observed in Europe?

The European Union has established a series of rules (including bans and maximum residue limits, among other regulations) related to food production concerning substances that are prohibited for environmental and human health reasons (insecticides, herbicides, hormones…), or that are permitted but strictly regulated (e.g., antibiotics), as well as prohibited practices (such as using the herbicide glyphosate immediately before harvesting wheat). There are also regulations around animal welfare and deforestation. 

But the EU imports much of its food and, since its rules do not apply in non-EU countries. Having mirror clauses in commercial contracts with non-EU producers to establish equivalent regulations for imported foods would be a good start, but we’re not there yet.

In this conference, we analyze the pros and cons of mirror clauses in three supply chains (rice, soy, and beef) for protecting the health of EU citizens, avoiding disadvantageous situations for European producers, and motivating third countries to reduce the use of harmful substances and practices in the production of goods intended both for export and for their domestic markets. Consumers and agricultural workers in third countries have a right to health just like EU citizens, and we are all responsible for protecting the environment and home that we all share: planet Earth.

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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Event languages:
IT, EN

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

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