Slow Travels to Terra Madre Salone del Gusto- SFYN

Every two years during Terra Madre Salone del Gusto the global Slow Food network of farmers, fishermen, chefs, critical consumers and other food changers gathers to work together for a Good, Clean and Fair food system. But how do all these people get to Turin, the city where Terra Madre takes place?

This year Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) is giving particular attention to everyone’s journey to Terra Madre. Traveling towards our goal can be an enriching moment and an exciting period of preparation for the big event that we are all looking for. Moreover, the Slow Food Youth generation shows a special care for the environment and sustainability. This is highlighted, for instance, with the travel choices and the considerations made by the network members.

SFYNFrom The Netherlands, for example, we, the SFYN global office, and 7 other determined and crazy SFYN members have decided to undergo a cycling adventure. The “Giro di SFYN”, named after the famous bike tour in Italy, will start on the 6th of September. In 11 days we will travel along 1,250 kilometers, suffering for 12,500 altimeters and crossing 9 different countries: The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, and Italy. On the way, they will visit local producers and other friends of Slow Food. With this adventurous bike ride, we want to call attention towards a more sustainable, Slow future, in which Slow traveling is a concrete option. The cycling tour also allows us to reconsider the concepts of time and distance. It is a way to consciously travel, without necessarily choosing the cheapest and fastest solution. In addition to this, the social aspect plays a major role: during the trip, we will cycle together as a team and we will also meet local producers. Thus, we show that SFYN unites young people who work together for a change. “We live in an individualistic society. Everyone is in his own bubble, at home, in the train, at the office. We are almost always surrounded by four walls and spend more and more time looking at a screen. With Giro di SFYN we challenge ourselves physically and mentally to show that sustainable alternatives are possible and that together you can go much further than alone! “- Jorrit Kiewik (Director Slow Food Youth Network).

Many other youth of SFYN are deliberately choosing to travel avoiding airplanes. Is some cases this is not possible due to the huge distance, to a ocean in the middle of the way or even because of lack of time. Farmers, for example, find it difficult to leave their lands for many days. Despite this, we have heard interesting stories, which we believe are worth sharing. For example, Gillian, coordinator of SFYN Scotland, decided to go for a sustainable alternative to flying, by travelling by train all the way from Edinburgh to Turin. A similar route will be followed by Frankie, SFYN Scotland, and her route includes even a night in her tent in a food garden with lemon and orange trees and a view on the mount Vesuvius in Naples! Fran, a young member of Slow Food London, has also decided to travel on the railways, to cause a smaller environmental impact. As for Julia, from SFYN Germany, she has rather decided to go for a cargo bike and take a long trip from Münster, crossing the Alps and then cycling down to Italy. All on her own! Tough woman…!

 

Slow Food Youth Network unites crazy and dreaming young people that want to contribute to a better food system. How are you going to travel to Terra Madre? Have you also considered the impact of your travels on climate change? If you want to be aware of the international travels of the SFYNers, you can follow us by the #TerraMadreTravels and #GirodiSFYN.

Have a safe trip and see you soon in Turin!

 

 

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