By Nahia Pecina |

Rome (EFE).- The Slow Food movement, which promotes good, clean and fair food, recognizes “the strength” of Latin American countries and their indigenous communities, as well as “the value they bring to the sovereignty food on the planet”, assured EFE its new president, the Ugandan Edward Mukiibi.

For this reason, at “Terra Madre”, the great sustainable food fair that opens today in Turin (northern Italy) with the expected presence of more than 6,000 delegates from the 160 member countries of the organization, “support for indigenous communities so that they can raise their voices and motivate themselves to practice the traditional and the ancestral, wherever they come from”.

The XIV edition of the Hall of Taste in Turin, focused on the regeneration of food from an eco-sustainable approach, will host representatives from Spain, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia or Chile, among others, in course of the next 5 days, who will be able to share their experiences to transform them into future projects.

“The Slow Food community, in addition to creating knowledge on this platform that is ‘Terra Madre’, also shares motivations, and plans are evoked to fight for the rights of indigenous communities, and also more generally”, explained Mukiibi.

Challenges, solutions and symbolism

The main objective of the event, which has both face-to-face and online elements and various activities such as debates, conferences or educational talks, is to share knowledge related to sustainable food in order to to preserve the local and traditional gastronomy and, thus, to protect all the means.

As Mukiibi explained, the main challenges facing this year’s Hall of Taste are mainly climate change, food shortages “mainly in the southern hemisphere”, but also conflicts such as those suffered in Ukraine, the Congo or Mali.

“In ‘Terra Madre’, we will look for local action solutions to global problems”, pleaded the new president of Slow Food, who replaced the movement’s historic founder, the Italian activist and gastronome Carlo Petrini last July. .

Participants at a Terra Madre meeting in the municipality of Tlaola (Mexico), in a file photograph. EFE/Hilda Rios

One of the topics that will be on the table will be meat consumption and the need to switch to both sustainable methods, because, as Mukiibi pointed out, “due to systematic production, many environmental problems have been created”.

Among the novelties of this edition is the stage chosen, because for the first time “Terra Madre” will land in Parque Dora, an old industrial area that for about 15 years has been at the center of a project of transformation and urban remodeling .

“Choosing Parque Dora is a symbol that says it’s not too late to act to regenerate this planet,” Mukibii told EFE.

a new stage

The new president arrives at the head of this movement which brings together hundreds of thousands of activists from more than 160 countries, three decades after Petrini and with new projects to move forward.

“I am convinced that the legacy left by Carlo will continue, even if I come with new ideas and a new political vision to generate a good system for all,” he said, praising the work of his predecessor.

Petrini, 73, created Slow Food to protest against the opening of a fast food establishment in Plaza de España in Rome in 1986, the year Mukiibi was born.

Chef Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food, in a file photo. EFE/Javier Etxezarreta

This new step, explanation, trae consigo important changes, as the intention of “influencing in policies and programs of private and public institutions to promote a system seguro de alimentación, ya que muchas políticas apoyan los sistemas que están detruyendo el planeta, algo que debemos to change”.

The new president is clear that the political vision is the main course: “There is a need to continue with inclusivity and connection”.

Web editor: Juan David Mosos

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