The importance of biodiversity has finally been recognized by major international institutions not just in terms of ecosystems, but also regarding our own diet. According to the 2019 FAO report, if we don’t put the brakes on the human-driven erosion of biodiversity fast, our entire food production system will collapse. Slow Food has been saying this for 20 years and working to protect biodiversity by supporting the producers’ communities that safeguard it every day.
The most important tools in this context are The Ark of Taste, an international list of rare food products tied to a specific context, and the Presidia, which involve thousands of food producers worldwide.
We still have a long way to go, but the results so far have been extremely positive: Over 5400 mapped products and 500 Presidia across 160 countries, and a revolutionary narrative labelling project. For all the producers who have participated in this process and signed up to a production protocol aimed at protecting the integrity of their product, we’re providing a new logo: the Slow Food Snail of Approval.
- Serena Milano, General Secretary of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity – The work of Slow Food on biodiversity.
- Francesco Sottile, Executive Committee of Slow Food Italia and Professor at the University of Palermo –The crossover between Slow Food projects and scientific research
The future of the Slow Food Presidia as represented by four second-generation producers:
- Lorenzo Agatiello, Presidium of the Nizza Monferrato Hunchback Cardoon (Asti, Piedmont)
- Lucia and Nicola Ceccarelli, Presidium of the Upper Tiber Valley Smoked Vino Santo (Perugia, Umbria)
- Manuel Gambon, Presidium of the Pitina (Pordenone, Friuli Venezia Giulia)
Concluding remarks by:
Piero Sardo, President of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity
With video contributions from:
- François Borel, producer of the Rove Brousse Presidium in France
- Alexandre Fricker, director of Slow Food Switzerland
- Liliana Vargas, coordinator of projects for Slow Food in Colombia
- Sveva Sagramola, presenter of Geo, on Rai 3
Moderator: Carla Coccolo, Slow Food event manager
Conference streamed online on this channel and on Slow Food Italy’s facebook page. The event is held as part of the European Green Week agenda, whose main themes are nature and biodiversity.
Event languages: IT
Via Bologna, 32 - Torino (Italy)