Terra Madre Salone del Gusto Strengthens Dialogue with European Decision-Makers

Food waste, necessary reforms in agriculture and animal welfare, and alternatives to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are among the main issues that will be discussed with EU officials and representatives of European non-governmental organizations at the 12th edition of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto.

On September 20, the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, will participate in the official inauguration of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto and will participate in two Terra Madre Forums:

Antibiotic Resistance: A New Health Emergency 

Andriukaitis will also participate in the conference at Circolo dei Lettori  Waste and Food Security, which will focus on the theme: “Europe on my plate. Waste less, eat better.”

Other speakers representing five Directorates-General (DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, DG Environment, DG Health and Food Safety, DG Migration and Home Affairs and DG Joint Research Centre) will address issues related to soil fertility, the effects of ocean pollution on fish products, the benefits of insect use in agriculture and the possibilities of using food as a vehicle for social integration.

“Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is a unique opportunity to strengthen the dialogue with European decision-makers and the collaborations that we carry out with partner organizations,” said Marta Messa, International Slow Food Advisor for the European Union and Director of the European Slow Food Office in Brussels. She stressed the importance of direct dialogue between farmers, artisanal producers, and Slow Food Network activists and representatives of the European institutions. “Their voices must be heard,” he added.

ImageA significant number of European NGOs dealing with environmental, food, agricultural and health issues will also participate in the event. Representatives of organisations such as IFOAM EU Group – International Federation of Organic Farming Movements, EPHA – European Alliance for Public Health, CIWF – Compassion in World Farming, Friends of the Earth Europe and Greenpeace will participate in discussions on issues such as the use of cages on farms, high sugar consumption and the negative effects of pesticide use.


Food for Change is the theme of this twelfth edition that – more than ever – seeks to stimulate and encourage the change that each of us can bring. The five major themes that Slow Food has chosen to highlight are Slow Meat, Slow Fish, Seeds, Food and Health and Bees and Insects. More than 5,000 delegates from 140 countries, more than 800 exhibitors, 300 Slow Food Presidia and 500 Terra Madre food communities are taking part in the event.

The complete list of events is available here.


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