Slow Food

Carlo Petrini To Participate in a Conference on the Public Debate About the CAP in Brussels

Italy - 15 Jul 10

On July 19 and 20, 2010, Carlo Petrini, international president of Slow Food, will participate in the conference on the public debate about the future for the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy, “CAP post-2013”, convened in Brussels by Dacian Ciolos, the European commissioner responsible for agriculture and rural development. Petrini will chair one of the parallel sessions, a discussion workshop entitled “The Future Role of the CAP in Promoting the Quality and Diversity of Food Supply.” This is an important recognition of Slow Food’s role and its work in Italy, Europe and the world. It is also a positive sign of attention towards those values the association has made its own: protection of small-scale artisanal food production, defense of plant and animal biodiversity, conservation of the rural environment and a revaluation of the role of agriculture as an potential driving force for the economy. A decisive role in the theoretical and political maturing of the association that Petrini founded has been played by Terra Madre, the network of farmers, fishers, cooks and scientists in 153 countries who are committed to strengthening and developing local, traditional and sustainable production methods while respecting cultural and environmental differences. Slow Food, which promotes Terra Madre and organizes the international meeting every two years in Turin (the next will be held October 21-25, 2010) has contributed to the online debate with a document which can be read on the European Commission’s website (in the stakeholders section): In brief, “we need a transition from a set of political instruments that act on agriculture to a food policy based on the links between economy, territory and people, links that are crucial to development. Agriculture plays – or can play – a crucial role in many sectors, from health to climate change, from rights to economy, from education to biodiversity protection, but what matters is the capacity to create coherent policies connected to several areas, adding this challenge to the one already inherent in the creation of connected – and binding – policies between member States.”