Terra Madre Day 2011

The worldwide Terra Madre network is working to create an alternative model of food production and consumption, in line with Slow Food's philosophy of good, clean and fair: good for our palate, clean for humans, animals and the environment, and fair for producers and consumers.

Launched by Slow Food in 2004, this global project unites food communities from 160 countries who share a vision for food production rooted in local economies and with respect for the environment, traditional knowledge, biological diversity and taste.

Whether it is creating school gardens or producing honey, safeguarding indigenous food varieties or creating new local markets, the daily work of the network's small-scale farmers, fishers, breeders and artisan producers, as well as cooks, educators and youth are political acts for a better food future.

Terra Madre Day is an opportunity for the entire Slow Food network to celebrate local food and promote sustainable production and consumption to their communities and local decision makers. Thousands of actions in all corners of the world highlight our united vision and the diversity we are striving to maintain.

Terra Madre Day also highlights our projects to safeguard food biodiversity, bring taste education to adults and children and connect producers with consumers.

In 2011, Terra Madre Day events will again be supporting A Thousand Gardens in Africa, Slow Food's current project to create 1,000 food gardens with schools, villages and urban-fringe settlements across the continent. So far more than 300 gardens - concrete examples of local, sustainable and self-sufficient food production - have been created thanks to the generosity of our supporters. Help us get to 1000 gardens by 2012!

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