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International campaigns at Terra Madre
 
During Terra Madre, suggestions from the network were gathered in the area dedicated to international campaigns in the Oval

Producers, students, academics, cooks and journalists meeting in Turin’s Oval for Terra Madre 2010 also found an area dedicated to the international campaigns supported by Slow Food.
From sustainable fishing to land grabbing, from GMOs to Terra Madre Day, which will once again involve communities around the world in events on December 10, Slow Food is actively working on different fronts to promote a food production system that respects ecosystems and human health.
The space dedicated to the campaigns documented the mobilization actions that the association has undertaken so far on several issues of global interest. It gave food communities the chance to actively contribute to defining and publicizing the on-going initiatives. The area presented the continuing campaigns, but was above all a place for listening, collecting reports from communities and deciding on future activities.

The Slow Fish Campaign
In 2010, Slow Food launched an international campaign for sustainable fishing. In recent decades human exploitation of the marine world has undergone a brutal acceleration. Extraordinary technological progress and the shrinking of geographic limitations have transformed fishing into a terrible threat to ocean biodiversity. Marine resources are not unlimited and are already in a worrying state of deterioration.
To promote conscious and responsible choices, Slow Food has created a portal to the marine world and the fishing sector, available in four languages, bringing together data from leading associations and scientific institutions from around the world.
Stories from the sea Presidia and the Terra Madre fishing communities will be highlighted, as will the various initiatives organized by Slow Food to protect sustainable fishing and consumption.
www.slowfood.it/slowfish

The STOP GMOs Campaign
The spread of genetically modified organisms represents a serious threat to the planet’s biodiversity. The patenting of seeds endangers the role of producers and the food sovereignty of the people. The accompanying large-scale use of fertilizers damages soil fertility, and the health risks linked to direct or indirect (i.e. meat from animals that eat GMO feed) consumption are still unclear. Considering also that in many regions it is hard to stop the contamination of fields of traditional crops, it is clear why Slow Food has always supported an alternative model, which promotes local economies and does not incentivize the use of chemical fertilizers and herbicides, as happens with many GM seeds.
www.slowfood.com/international/22/gmos

The STOP Land Grabbing Campaign
Land grabbing is a new form of colonialism based on the purchase or long-term rent of large plots of land in countries in the Global South by foreign entities, either public or private.
After providing raw materials and low-cost labor to colonial powers, now it is the land itself and its productive potential that is being undersold. Among those interested in buying up land overseas are European countries, China, the Gulf states and South-East Asian countries. Some are trying to make up for a deficit of resources, whether food or energy. Others are just looking for low-risk investments.
The land and forests are removed from the management of local communities, who are further marginalized and deprived of their only source of livelihood. In just a few years this phenomenon has reached dramatic dimensions. Concluded and current transactions involve around 50 million hectares, a surface area equal to that of Spain.
The acceleration of land grabbing is encouraged by the ambiguous role of the World Bank, which on the one hand makes worried noises about the issue and on the other supports public and private foreign investors through its specialized services and assists governments to modify their legislation and the political situation to facilitate the transfer of vast swathes of land.
www.slowfood.com/international/17/land-grabbing

Terra Madre Day
The second Terra Madre Day will be held on December 10, 2010, when food communities from around the world will again celebrate local food that’s good, clean and fair.
Over 1,000 events were held to celebrate 20 years of Slow Food on the first Terra Madre Day in 2009. Groups from 120 countries, including Slow Food convivia, Terra Madre food communities and other organizations, joined together to organize communal meals, festivals, events, children’s activities, producer visits and much more, promoting the Slow Food philosophy and demonstrating the breadth, openness and diversity of the Terra Madre network.
In the Oval’s campaign space, delegates were invited to report on the events organized in 2009, to think about what they will organize for this December and to collect an organizer’s kit.
www.slowfood.com/terramadreday

 
 
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