I was most impressed by the variety of people at Terra Madre in Turin 2010: people of all ages, but especially many young people; people from all countries, but especially Africa and Central and South America; many people with many smiles.
The presentations often spoke of problems that Slow Food is involved with. However, what impressed me most were the solutions I heard at two of the Earth Workshops: ‘FAIR-TRADE AND LOCAL MARKETS: THE COMMODIFICATION OF JUSTICE’ and ‘SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS IN FIGHTING HUNGER AND POVERTY’. I heard of amazing organizations in Costa Rica (Cooperativa Sin Fronteras) and Brazil (Ecovida) that worked locally and cooperated globally; that worked within and between communities, even in areas where transportation is often a major challenge; that promoted sustainable agriculture.
I heard of a project in Uganda (Developing Innovations in School Cultivation) that seeks to bring gardening skills back into the community through involvement of school children; of a farmer in South Africa working to promote both biodiversity and food security; of an organization in Senegal (Mangian Locale, ie Eat Local) focusing on youth and students to have them “re-valorize” (ie to value) local foods in a country where most of the food is imported from Europe.
To hear directly from people from these countries that are responsible for the development of these ventures was such a joy when so much of what we hear from these countries is of gloom and doom. To realize that in countries that are ‘developing’, they have done so much with so little was inspirational.