Sergio Staino Arena

At Terra Madre 2024, we remember Sergio Staino, the illustrator, cartoonist, journalist, attentive observer of his and our times, and longtime friend of Slow Food. The beloved characters in his comic strips—Bobo with his wife Bibi and their children, Ilaria and Michele—accompanied us through the political and cultural events of Italy for 40 years. We honor Sergio’s constant commitment, his irony, and the friendship that united us.

Dedicated to Sergio’s memory and all that she stood for, one of the Arenas at this year’s event will provide a space for exchanges and dialogues centered on nature.

Nature through the eyes of the Slow Food thematic networks

Events in this Arena will focus on the diverse projects in which the Slow Food thematic networks are engaged in pursuit of an ever-stronger alliance with nature based on respectful management and protection of ecosystems.

  • The Slow Beans network talks about the importance of legumes and legume biodiversity for both soil regeneration and human health.
  • The Slow Food Indigenous Peoples’ network highlights the work of Indigenous communities on agroecological, educational, and advocacy projects that these communities themselves have initiated and led.
  • The Slow Mays network supports and enhances the work of small-scale farmers and communities around the world who produce and transform traditional corn in all its biological diversity and maintain the cultural practices that surround it.
  • The Slow Grains network speaks on behalf of all the producers, millers, artisans, and custodians of traditional grains who have dedicated themselves to recovering this priceless biological and cultural heritage and diversity.

For Sergio Staino, his commitment, and his sense of irony

Sergio Staino’s work wasn’t only in national newspapers and magazines; he also made himself and his pen available for information campaigns, social initiatives, events, and dissemination activities. Sergio was a constant point of reference for Slow Food: He curated the covers of the magazines sent to members of Slow Food Italia in the 1990s, created posters and labels, illustrated guides, and participated in events and initiatives whenever he could, with enthusiasm and conviction. For our organization—at an international, national, and local level—Sergio was a generous companion, always ready to lend a hand, always curious to understand, and always available as a spokesman for Slow Food.

Non solo reti…

Non solo reti! In questo spazio, si illustrano molte altre tematiche. Ad esempio, vi raccontiamo le differenze tra allevamento sostenibile e intensivo, e i loro diversi impatti ambientali. Vi parliamo di molti progetti Slow Food come i Presìdi e l’Arca del Gusto, cercando di fare il punto su ognuno di essi e molto altro!

A note on events in the Arena

Participation in all the conferences and other events taking place in the Arena is by registration and is free of charge. To book your place, just click on the “Register” button for each specific event you want to attend and leave your email address. We recommend arriving at the Arena 10 minutes prior to the start of the event. The event organizers reserve the right to reassign your seat if you are not present within 5 minutes of the start time.

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Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is organized by Slow Food, the City of Turin and the Piedmont Region. Join us in Parco Dora, Turin, from Thursday, September 26 to Monday, September 30, 2024, and explore how food can restore our relationship with nature. #TerraMadre2024

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