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Slow Food Cuba: we’ll restart with solidarity, intelligence, unity

SARS-Cov-2 is everywhere by now, even in Cuba, and it arrived there rapidly. But just as rapidly, human beings are working to implement forms of resilience that often go beyond curing the disease. We're trying to find responses to what has happened, analyzing our responsibilities.

Jiloca Saffron: a rediscovered treasure

"Saffron had been cultivated for a very long time, it's something we inherited from the Arabs. In the last 40 years the economic crisis has meant a widespread abandonment of the fields – and consequently the loss of labor power – and together with competition from low-cost products, all this together had caused the total disappearance of saffron production. I felt this defeat was a real injustice: saffron had long been the gold of the poor; it was what you sold when you needed to buy agricultural machinery, when your children got married, when you needed to pay for medical expenses. I couldn't believe that this crop, which had been fundamental for the nourishment of the soul of the town, was just gone."

Respect for animals and the environment: the cheeses we love

One company in the north of Italy, another in the south. The first is dedicated to cow's milk cheeses, taking its milk from the last cow stables left in the area, while the second makes goat's milk cheeses with milk from their own animals. Both will be present at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2020. And both work with the same aim: to produce excellent natural cheeses with respect for the animals and the environment that make it possible.

Good rice? It’s natural!

"The name Riso Buono (Good Rice) came naturally – our product is made in small quantities, the first step on a new path of awareness and of life." So says Cristina Guidobono Cavalchini, an accountant from Rome as well as a financial journalist who's worked in both Rome and the City of London. Until just a few years ago she couldn't have imagined how her life would be one day transformed.... by her father-in-law.

Ecosystems: a love story – interview with Andreas Weber

Ecosystems aren't an abstract concept: they're the space where we live and which surround us, near and far. Lakes, gardens, forests, oases, but also the cities where we live: each of these spaces has its own specific characteristics, which are defined by the organisms which live there, and the exchange of matter and energy between them. It is this exchange which makes a space an ecosystem, as they ensure the continuation of life.

Our biodiverse world: the indigenous rice varieties of the Philippine Cordillera

Rice is one of the most widely-consumed foods in the world: there are around 64 kilograms of rice produced for every person on Earth annually, providing around a fifth of all the calories we consume. Some of the world’s most photogenic rice fields are also in the Philippines, in the highlands of the Cordilleras, the first ever UNESCO site in the cultural landscape category, where numerous native varieties are still grown.

Relationships built with time and care

Every edition of Terra Madre (and Cheese!) sees hundreds of our international delegates hosted by families from across Piedmont in a special cultural and gastronomic exchange which enriches every node of the Slow Food network. Here, we tell the stories of some of the hosting families. “I found a second mother, and Khadija has found a new daughter. Ours is a strong bond, we each became a rock for one other. The relationship is a healing bond, built with time care.” These are the words of Natalia Ferrazza, a law teacher in a professional-technical institute in Turin. In 2008 she heard a speech by Carlo Petrini about the hospitality project, and her family agreed to become part of it. IRAN IS AROUND THE CORNER “In the beginning we chose countries closer to Italy, we wanted to host delegates from France or Spain; we thought it would have been easier for…

From Burkina Faso to Machu Picchu and Monferrato: international hospitality

Every edition of Terra Madre (and Cheese!) sees hundreds of our international delegates hosted by families from across Piedmont in a special cultural and gastronomic exchange which enriches every node of the Slow Food network. Here, we tell the stories of some of the hosting families.

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto – The First Steps

This rudimentary version of event website you're reading now has everything we can tell you so far... though of course, most of the juiciest details which we're working on – the graphics, the events in the program, our partners and their activities, the special areas – will be revealed on June 4th at the official presentation.