SFYN Podcast

Slow Food Youth Network

Our food chain is full of surprises and our food is handled by people you will most likely never meet. Where did your coffee come from? Who grew your cocoa for your chocolate? Who made your bread? We are about to start a journey together, finding our way through the food systems.

We want to give a stage to the people, whose voices are often not taken into consideration, or who are simply overlooked in the debate around food. We want to demonstrate that we all contribute to a more sustainable food system, that everyone has a story to tell and that there's a lesson in every single one of them.

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Slow Food Europe is back with a second episode on the EU Farm to Fork Strategy, which was proposed by the EU Commission last year to accelerate the transition towards sustainable food systems in Europe. Last month, the EU Parliament voted in favor of this strategy despite repeated lobbying attacks from the agrifood industry. Slow Food warmly welcomed this vote, and took the opportunity to gather three panelists who have worked hard on the Farm to Fork Strategy since the start: Nina Holland, researcher at Corporate Europe Observatory (@nina_holland) Martin Dermine, policy officer at PAN Europe Tilly Metz, Member of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance at the European Parliament (@MetzTilly) In this episode, our guests talk about the EU Farm to Fork Strategy and what has happened since its publication in May 2020. They shed light on the intense lobbying that the agro-chemical industry has been doing to try to weaken the Strategy, and on how you, as European citizens can influence food policy, for example through the recent successful European Citizens Initative “Save bees and farmers”. For more details on the EU Parliament's vote of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy, read our recap article: https://www.slowfood.com/eu-parliament-gives-the-green-light-to-the-farm-to-fork-strategy/ Also, do not hesitate to follow @SlowFoodEurope on Twitter, as well as our guests: @MetzTilly, @corporateeurope and @EuropePAN!   Do you wanna give your feedback to the SFYN Podcast? Fill in this quick form: https://forms.gle/8dh6bViGAh3GKJsb8 Music: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes Production: Valentina Gritti  Financed by the European Union. The contents of this podcast are the sole responsibility of the author and the EASME is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein. A project by the Slow Food Youth Network

Nov 17

38 min 20 sec

Welcome to a new episode of SFYNers around the globe! In this series we are going to meet different activists of our network. We are going to get to know more about who they are, what they do in their daily lives and how they are involved with the Slow Food Youth Network. We have a similar set of questions for all the SFYNers but in additions to those we will see of course where the conversation brings us. The special guest of today is Juan Carlos Villegas Cuevas, from Oaxaca in Mexico. Juan Carlos is an active member of SFYN Mexico and he participated in the digital global SFYN Academy this year. He is the director of Etnofood and knows a lot about local food culture and in particular about Mezcal.  Link to Etnofood: https://etnofood.wixsite.com/inicio  Link to the SFYN Academy website: http://www.sfynacademy.com/  Podcast host, production and editing: Valentina Gritti Podcast jingle: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes Song “Cielito lindo” by Tres Ríos A project by the Slow Food Youth Network

Sep 7

25 min 39 sec

Welcome to a new episode of SFYNers around the globe! In this series we are going to meet different activists of our network. We are going to get to know more about who they are, what they do in their daily lives and how they are involved with the Slow Food Youth Network. We have a similar set of questions for all the SFYNers but in additions to those we will see of course where the conversation brings us. The special guest of today is Cornel Popa, who is a SFYN activist based in Reykjavik, Iceland. Cornel has Italian roots, has lived in England for some time and now he settled in Iceland. He is a creative chef and a writer. He is really involved in improving the local food system, by preserving local varieties of food, coming up with zero-waste recipes, doing cooking workshops for homeless people and much more.  Link to Cornel’s book Food and Family: https://amzn.to/3vyuvAQ  Podcast host, production and editing: Valentina Gritti Podcast jingle: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes Song “All is found” cover sung by Snæja with Ívar on the guitar. A project by the Slow Food Youth Network

Aug 31

24 min 38 sec

Welcome to a new episode of SFYNers around the globe! In this series we are going to meet different activists of our network. We are going to get to know more about who they are, what they do in their daily lives and how they are involved with the Slow Food Youth Network. We have a similar set of questions for all the SFYNers but in additions to those we will see of course where the conversation brings us.  The special guest of today is Ruth Gutierrez, from Bolivia. Ruth is a very young activist from the Community of Slow Food Cochabamba. She is studying gastronomy to become a chef. She is very active in supporting local food sovereignty and biodiversity in Bolivia and she is also very involved in the international activities of the Slow Food Youth Network. For example this year she was part of the World Disco Soup Day Task Force. Ruth loves taking care of her garden and living her life in balance…  About World Disco Soup Day: https://slowfoodyouthnetwork.org/actions/  Wanna have a copy of the Disco Soup Cookbook? Write to hello@slowfoodyouthnetwork.org  Podcast host, production and editing: Valentina Gritti Podcast jingle: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes A project by the Slow Food Youth Network

Aug 17

24 min 54 sec

Welcome to a new episode of SFYNers around the globe! In this series we are going to meet different activists of our network. We are going to get to know more about who they are, what they do in their daily lives and how they are involved with the Slow Food Youth Network. We have a similar set of questions for all the SFYNers but in additions to those we will see of course where the conversation brings us.  The special guest of today is Carlo Sumoang, a SFYN activist based in Manila, in The Philippines. SFYN in The Philippines has always been a very active network in the past years. They have carried out different initiatives to preserve local food heritage and biodiversity, to reduce food waste and much more. So I am really happy today to have this conversation with Carlo who can tell us a bit more about what is currently happening and also to get to know him more. Carlo is a farmer, entrepreneur and a fan of meditation. His dream? To retire soon and live as an hermit where he can meditate all day long… Podcast host, production and editing: Valentina Gritti Podcast jingle: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes A project by the Slow Food Youth Network

Aug 3

24 min 11 sec

Welcome to a new episode of SFYNers around the globe! In this series we are going to meet different activists of our network. We are going to get to know more about who they are, what they do in their daily lives and how they are involved with the Slow Food Youth Network. We have a similar set of questions for all the SFYNers but in additions to those we will see of course where the conversation brings us.  The special guest of today is John Kiwagalo, from Mukono, in Uganda. John is one of the persons that you must know if you are part of the Slow Food Youth Network. He is the SFYN Africa coordinator and also coordinates the local youth network in Uganda. But what is his favourite food? And what does a typical day for him in Uganda look like? Podcast host, production and editing: Valentina Gritti Podcast jingle: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes A project by the Slow Food Youth Network

Jul 27

21 min 36 sec

Welcome to the second episode of SFYNers around the globe! In this series we are going to meet different activists of our network. We are going to get to know more about who they are, what they do in their daily lives and how they are involved with the Slow Food Youth Network. We have a similar set of questions for all the SFYNers but in additions to those we will see of course where the conversation brings us.  The special guest of today is Rebecca Marcone, who is originally from Italy but is currently studying in Edinburgh Scotland. Rebecca is involved in the re-launching SFYN Scotland, she is a foodie with a lot of cooking passions (sourdough and specialty coffee to mention just a few). She is dreaming of a food system based on equality and she is committed to taking actions on a local and international level to make a change.  Link to the “Scotland the Bread” initiative: https://scotlandthebread.org/ Link to SFYN Scotland: https://www.facebook.com/SFYNScotland  Podcast host, production and editing: Valentina Gritti Podcast jingle: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes A project by the Slow Food Youth Network

Jul 6

18 min 40 sec

Today we are kicking off a new series called SFYNers around the globe! In this series we are going to meet different activists of our network. We are going to get to know more about who they are, what they do in their daily lives and how they are involved with the Slow Food Youth Network. We have a similar set of questions for all the SFYNers but in additions to those we will see of course where the conversation brings us.  The first guest of our series is Siwar Maalej, from SFYN Tunis, in Tunisia. Wanna know what a typical day in Tunis looks like? Find out something about the local food system’s issues and potential? Let’s start!  Here you can find the Instagram of Siwar: https://www.instagram.com/greenleveltastes/ and of SFYN Tunis: https://www.instagram.com/sfyntunis/ Watch the video on how to prepare the traditional Bsisa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cYL1dmGHwU  Podcast host, production and editing: Valentina Gritti. Podcast jingle: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes. A project by the Slow Food Youth Network

Jun 29

15 min 5 sec

The goal of this episode is to broaden our understanding of a regenerative food system within the context of an indigenous community, and to shed light on the age-old agricultural practices that keep our communities strong. We learn about the multi-faceted challenges indigenous communities face, in the past, present, and future, and the solutions and growth that agriculture can provide. Amidst the trying times of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are humbled by new perspectives. The voices of our interviewees give us a strong reminder to step outside of ourselves and to understand not only how different communities are affected, but to learn from others. In doing so, we hear from experts around the world - people that have gained years of insight through study, implementation, and experimentation. Carson Kiburo represents his indigenous Kenyan community on the global stage; Roxanne Swentzl educates fellow members of the Santa Clara Pueblo in northern New Mexico on health and balance within ourselves; Health scientist and CEO Dean Seneca advocates for the underdogs; Lilian Hill shares with her community on the Hopi reservation different ways of saving food and building their own food systems. Through these different perspectives prevails a common message: what we grow and how we grow it is an extension of our cultural identity. To hear indigenous community members speak on the resiliency and unification that comes from their food is not just a call to action. Rather, it is encouragement to reconnect with our food, and a reassurance that sometimes we have to look to the past in order to move forward.  Podcast host, production and editing: Sara El Sayed Supported by Katherine Blessington Music: Lyla June and Leonardo Prieto Dorantes  A project by the Slow Food Youth Network

Jun 4

41 min 15 sec

This year the SFYN podcast is hosting a new series all dedicated to the European policy in terms of food and agriculture. The series will be conducted by Slow Food Europe, which is in charge of involving Slow Food in the political debate on the European level. The special host of this series is Alice Poiron, communication officer at Slow Food Europe. The topics touched will be in line with the most updated and relevant debates around food and agriculture in Europe.  Today we kick off the series with the topic of new GMOs! What are new GMOs? How do they differ from the old GMOs? What are the latest decisions of the EU on the matter?  The guests of today are: Elisa D’Aloisio, peasant farmer at the European Coordination Via Campesina with a PhD in genetics and practical expertise in GMOs Martin Sommer, policy coordinator at IFOAM Organics Europe, the association for organic food and farming in Europe Madeleine Coste, Policy Officer at Slow Food Europe Find here the European Commission’s study on new GMOs: https://www.slowfood.com/european-commission-opens-the-door-to-new-gmos/ Recommended to follow on Twitter: @SlowFoodEurope ; @OrganicsEurope ; @ECVC1  Music: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes Project manager: Valentina Gritti    Financed by the European Union. The contents of this podcast are the sole responsibility of the author and the EASME is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.   A project by the Slow Food Youth Network  

May 17

42 min 14 sec

This is the last episode dedicated to the Slow Food event Terra Madre and we are exploring our final ecosystem: the urban lands. Our question for today is: what is the role of gastronomy in promoting local biodiversity? The special host of this episode is Ana Garcia Castellanos, who is working as a chef in a local food restaurant in Minnesota. She is from Guatemala and she is a digital activist for land rights and access to healthy diets. Ana will take us on a journey to Guatemala, Minnesota and Italy. She will present to us a model of a restaurant based on ingredients from a local farm, she will take us into a conversion with the Indigenous food lab and finally we will find out how ethnobotany and traditional knowledge can preserve biodiversity.  Special guests: Lola Molina, founder of "El mercadito de Lola", sustainable restaurant based on local food in Guatemala City, Guatemala; Armando Medinaceli, indigenous education director at NATIFS, North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Andrea Pieroni, professor of ethnobotany and dean at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. Podcast project manager & host: Valentina Gritti; Music, composition & editing: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes; Music: "Agua" by Leonardo Prieto; "Niña" by Leonardo Prieto for Son de Aquí. Useful links: El mercadito de Lola: https://www.facebook.com/elmercaditodelola/  Indigenous Food Lab: https://www.natifs.org/indigenous-food-lab/ University of Gastronomic Sciences: https://www.unisg.it/  Terra Madre website: https://terramadresalonedelgusto.com/  The SFYN Patreon page: https://patreon.com/join/slowfoodyouthnetwork/     Financed by the European Union. The contents of this podcast are the sole responsibility of the author and the EASME is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein. A project by the Slow Food Youth Network

May 7

50 min 9 sec

Today we will share with you this super nice Food Talk by Sandor Ellix Katz. Sandor is literally the guru of fermentation. He is from Tennessee, USA and he runs courses on fermentation across the world. He has participated in Terra Madre since its first edition and has helped create an international interest for these topics. The New York Times has called him “one of the few rock stars of the American gastronomic scene”. Learn the marvels of fermentation with his passionate Food Talk!  Find the original video of the Food Talk on the Terra Madre website: https://terramadresalonedelgusto.com/en/event/sandor-katz-the-marvels-of-fermentation/ Wanna join World Disco Soup Day? Find all the information in the toolkits: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1c8N8kNrpE0NxX1-4oUR_aXCGkXy7Fn32 and all the materials to support the campaign in this Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1Yx4y_5HiGD6AXoxKH4aUAMCg3zngenj2    Podcast host & production: Valentina Gritti Music & editing: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes A project by the Slow Food Youth Network. 

Apr 15

10 min 2 sec

In the framework of the Slow Food event Terra Madre, today we are exploring another ecosystem: the water lands. We will particularly focus on the role and the rights of women in fishing in different territories. In this podcast episode you will be accompanied by Lapo Degli Innocenti.  Lapo is a researcher on International Law and Sustainable Development. Through his dissertation – A Rhapsody in Blue: International Fisheries Law towards (Un)Sustainable Development? – he explored international law’s key role in the sustainable development of worldwide fisheries. He also wrote the Slow Fish Report for the 2019 Network's gathering in Genoa - Fishing for Alternatives: the Blue Commons. The policy paper collects the position of the Slow Fish Community for a different approach to fisheries than the mainstream "Blue Growth". Special guests of this episode: Donatella Marino: she processes the Menaica anchovies of the Slow Food Presidium in Campania, Italy with a very ancient technique. She explains the story of the presidium, her personal experience and gives us some delicious recipes; Hilda Adams: she is the founder of a women collective of small scale fisherwomen in the West Coast in South Africa. She talks about her fight to establish fisherwomen rights and the rights of her community; Sandra Amézaga: she is the spokesperson of AKTEA, the first European network of fisherwomen's organizations in Europe. Aktea is acting at European and national level to gain recognition for the role of women in fisheries and aquaculture and to achieve gender equality in these sectors. Podcast project manager & host: Valentina Gritti; Music, composition & editing: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes; Music: "Agua" by Leonardo Prieto; "No te Vayas" by Son de Aquí; Grupo Berekete; Ensamble Batá CIEM.    Terra Madre website: https://terramadresalonedelgusto.com/ The SFYN Patreon page: https://patreon.com/join/slowfoodyouthnetwork/    Financed by the European Union. The contents of this podcast are the sole responsibility of the author and the EASME is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein. A project by the Slow Food Youth Network

Apr 7

38 min 2 sec

In the framework of the Slow Food event Terra Madre, today we are exploring the ecosystems shaped by agroecology. You are going to get deeper into the topic of sustainable agriculture, food sovereignty, school gardens, cultural identity and much more. Mélanie Antin is the podcast host for today. She is a young activist of Slow Food France, she has a background in anthropology and she is a drama teacher. Mélanie is passionate about agroecology and writing. She has a beautiful blog showcasing stories of resistance among farmers of all over the word called “les mauvaises herbes”: http://lesmauvaisesherbes.blog/ Guests:  Helda Morales: biologist, professor and researcher at ECOSUR, México; Edie Mukiibi: agronomist, vice-president of Slow Food International and executive director of Slow Food Uganda, Uganda; Paola Migliorini: assistant Professor of Agronomy and Crop Production at UNISG, president of Agroecology Europe, Italy. Project manager & host: Valentina Gritti. Special host: Mélanie Antin. Composition, production & editing: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes. Music: Mexican music: Tres Ríos: Pablo Rodríguez, Manu Pinzón, Patricia Mancheño, Leonardo Prieto; African music: Kabele bah, Paul Valdivia, Guillermo siliceo, Jorge whaley y Juan Domingo Rogel; maestro Gwagoro Keita; Tala lesson Codarts.  Links: The healthy eating plate: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/harvard-to-usda-check-out-the-healthy-eating-plate-201109143344  Terra Madre website: https://terramadresalonedelgusto.com/ The SFYN Patreon page: https://patreon.com/join/slowfoodyouthnetwork/    Financed by the European Union. The contents of this podcast are the sole responsibility of the author and the EASME is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein. A project by the Slow Food Youth Network

Mar 24

42 min 38 sec

Today we will listen to another very inspiring Food Talk: the one of Alice Waters. Alice Waters is the vice president of Slow Food International, she is a chef and author, activist for food education and owner of the restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. In 1996 she created the Edible Schoolyard Project, which in over 20 years has contributed to the spread of urban gardening and the value of a healthier food culture among the next generation. According to Alice Waters schools have an enormous potential when it comes to changing the future of the food system: they can choose to create direct relationships with local farmers, commit to buying their products at a fair price for the producer, taking into account the true cost of delivering it from farm to fork, and the hard work of the producers themselves...  Find the video of the Food Talk on the Terra Madre event's website this link: https://terramadresalonedelgusto.com/en/event/alice-waters-changing-the-food-system-starts-at-school/   Podcast host: Valentina Gritti Editing, production & music: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes   Reserve your copy of the #discosoupcookbook now: a collection of 100 recipes with food scraps, leftovers and traditional preservation methods from all over the world https://igg.me/at/SFYN-cookbook/x#/   A project by the Slow Food Youth Network. 

Mar 15

12 min 42 sec

Today we are going to listen to the Food Talk of Miguel Altieri, one of the fathers of agroecology. He will tell us how the current pandemic is linked to our food systems and how agroecology can be a tool to achieve better health in agriculture, ecology and humans.   Host & production: Valentina Gritti Music & editing: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes   Watch the video of the Food Talk on the Terra Madre website at this link: https://terramadresalonedelgusto.com/en/event/miguel-altieri-agroecology-a-cure-for-the-pandemic/ Become a SFYN Patron and get access to extra material: http://patreon.com/join/slowfoodyouthnetwork/ A project by the Slow Food Youth Network  

Feb 25

12 min 18 sec

This is the third episode dedicated to the On My Plate Challenge of Slow Food: what is fair food? We will explore its meanings with three interviewees, from Rome, Paris and New York.    The three special guests of today are:   Diletta Bellotti is a young human rights advocate and founder of the “pomodori rosso sangue” movement (bloody red tomatoes). She is actively campaigning against organized crime, especially when it comes to labour force exploitation and migration. Today she will talk to us about the Caporalato phenomenon, a particular type of labour exploitation in agriculture (and not only); Bastien Beaufort is assistant director of Guayapi, a fair trade company based in Paris and which commercializes products from the Amazon and from Sri Lanka. Among their products they are also trading the Waraná from the Slow Food Presidium of the Sateré Mawé community in the Brazilian Amazon; Nevin Cohen is Associate Professor at the City University of NY at the School of Public Health and he is Research Director of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute. Together with Kristin Reynolds he wrote the book: “Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City”. Podcast host & production: Valentina Gritti Production, editing & music: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes Voice: Fernanda Cabral   This episode is realized in the occasion of the Slow Food event Terra Madre 2020: find the whole program on www.terramadresalonedelgusto.com    Did you like this episode? Support our work and have access to extra material by becoming one of our patrons on http://patreon.com/join/slowfoodyouthnetwork/   Have you signed up for the On My Plate Challenge yet? If not, you can do it at Onmyplate.slowfood.com    A project by the Slow Food Youth Network.

Feb 15

43 min 21 sec

This is the second episode dedicated to the On My Plate Challenge of Slow Food: what is clean food? We will explore its meanings with three interviewees, from Cuba, Italy and Burkina Faso.    The three special guests of today are:   - Melissa Relova Posada: she is a 20 years old girl from Cuba and I'm. She is part of the Slow Food community Finca Vista Hermosa which is her family project. She is now attending the 3rd year at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. Melissa will tell us about how the USA embargo influenced the agricultural landscape in Cuba.   - Alberto Leone: he is an Italian beekeeper belonging to the Slow Food Presidium of the Alpine high mountain honey. Alberto is an organic beekeeper and will tell us about how honey can be clean and what are the difficulties bees are facing nowadays.    - Jean Marie Koalga: he is a social educator as a profession and he is the spokesperson of the Slow Food community “Laafi Riibo"( which means healthy nourishment) in Bagaré, Burkina Faso. He is also national coordinator of SF Burkina Faso and international counsellor of SF International for West and francophone Africa.   Podcast host & production: Valentina Gritti Production, editing & music: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes Voice: Fernanda Cabral Dubbing: Uberto Saltarelli & Leonardo Prieto Dorantes.    This episode is realized in the occasion of the Slow Food event Terra Madre 2020: find the whole program on www.terramadresalonedelgusto.com    Did you like this episode? Support our work and have access to extra material by becoming one of our patrons on http://patreon.com/join/slowfoodyouthnetwork/   Have you signed up for the On My Plate Challenge yet? If not, you can do it at Onmyplate.slowfood.com    A project by the Slow Food Youth Network.

Feb 1

30 min 46 sec

Food is a communal journey, but it’s more than just feeding our bodies: it feeds our soul. If a food isn’t good, if it’s not fruit of a communal journey, then our soul suffers and dies. Satish Kumar discusses his idea of food and its value, which must be understood from many points of view, including the spiritual satisfaction we derive from it. Satish Kumar is an Indian British activist and speaker. He has been a Jain Monk, a nuclear disarmament advocate and pacifist. He is now living in Devon, England and he writes for the Resurgence & ecologist magazine. He is founder and Director of programmes of the Schumacher College international centre for ecological studies.  Let’s listen to his food talk, good for our souls and our thoughts!   Find out more about Terra Madre: www.terramadresalonedelgusto.com Here you can find the original video of the Food Talk of Satish Kumar: https://terramadresalonedelgusto.com/en/event/satish-kumar-food-is-a-communal-journey/  Become a SFYN Patron and get access to extra material: http://patreon.com/join/slowfoodyouthnetwork/ Podcast host: Valentina Gritti Composition, production and editing: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes Music: African Ensemble Berekete: Kabele bah, Paul Valdivia, Guillermo siliceo, Jorge whaley and Juan Domingo Rogel; maestro Gwagoro Keita. A project by the Slow Food Youth Network

Jan 28

14 min 56 sec

This is the first episode dedicated to the On My Plate Challenge of Slow Food: what is good food? We will explore its meanings with three interviewees, from South Africa, Azerbaijan and Colombia.    The three special guests of today are: - Arnold Tanzer: he is the head of the Slow Food Cooks' Alliance in South Africa. The Slow Food cooks’s alliance is a network of cooks defending food biodiversity across the world. Arnold is based in Johannesburg. During the pandemic he has started a project called “Chefs with compassion”, with the goal of fighting food waste and supporting people in need;   - Yagub Zeynalzade: he is the spokesperson for the community Youth Network Food for Change Baku in Azerbaijan. The young activists together are raising awareness about healthy nutrition, preserving local food and biodiversity. Yagub is a chef as a profession. He studied at the Culinary Institute in Croatia and at ALMA in Italy;   - Cilia Inés Acosta Ocampo: she is part of the Slow Food community Wambid: mingueros del alimento. She is now retired but previously she was working for SENA, the national training service in Colombia. She carried out an amazing investigation related to culinary traditions along the Pacific coast of Colombia and she also participated in writing the book “El Festin”. This book is a collection of recipes of women from black communities in the Pacific.   Podcast host: Valentina Gritti Production, editing & music: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes Colombian music: Grupo Yuka Dubbing: Maria Elena Vaccari.   This episode is realized in the occasion of the Slow Food event Terra Madre 2020: find the whole program on www.terramadresalonedelgusto.com    Did you like this episode? Support our work and have access to extra material by becoming one of our patrons on http://patreon.com/join/slowfoodyouthnetwork/   Have you signed up for the On My Plate Challenge yet? If not, you can do it at Onmyplate.slowfood.com    A project by the Slow Food Youth Network.

Jan 18

47 min 57 sec

In this episode we want to take you to the arid lands, in particular we will talk about some regenerative preservation practices carried out by our super cool guests in different parts of the world. From New Mexico to Egypt, from Australia to Colorado and Spain… We will find out a lot about soil and food preservation practices. Yes, we will talk about permaculture and… about fermentation! Bacteria in the soil and in food. Also this time we have a very special host who has carried out all the interviews and worked on the whole concept: I am talking about Sara El Sayed. Sara is a Ph.D. candidate in food system sustainability, focusing on regenerative food practices in arid regions, she is also a researcher in Biomimicry. She is co-founder of Nawaya and co-founder of Dayma. She is currently a board member for Slow Food Phoenix.  Guests: - Roxanne Swentzl, a Pueblo woman from Santa Clara, New Mexico who co-founded the Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute; - Menar Meebed is a grandmother and owner of Minnies Dried Fruit and Vegetables, in Cairo, Egypt; - Salah Hammad, a permaculture consultant, and educator who lives in Sydney, Australia - originally from Jordan; - Mara King is a fermentation chef and one of the co-founders of Ozuke. Originally from Hong Kong, she currently works at Fresh Times Eatery in Boulder, Colorado; - Elena Escaño is a young agroecological pig farmer in Andalucia, Spain. At her family’s farm, Finca Montefrio, they breed the local pig race Iberico. Project manager & host: Valentina Gritti. Special host, first cutting & editing: Sara El Sayed. Supported by: Anna Elovitz, Jordan Sene, Katherine Blessington and Madison Harris. Composition, production & editing: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes. Musicians:  Percussions: Philip Kukulies; Flamenco minor at Codarts; Makaam minor at Codarts; Ngoni: Agustín Fernandez. This episode is realized in the occasion of the Slow Food event Terra Madre 2020: find the whole program on www.terramadresalonedelgusto.com    Did you like this episode? Support our work and have access to extra material by becoming one of our patrons on http://patreon.com/join/slowfoodyouthnetwork/   Financed by the European Union. The contents of this podcast are the sole responsibility of the author and the EASME is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein. A project by the Slow Food Youth Network

Jan 5

52 min 51 sec

What is the European Union doing to preserve biodiversity? Is it a tendency worldwide?  In this special episode we will dig into three levels:  - Marta Messa, director of Slow Food Europe, will tell us how the movement is participating to the debate on biodiversity on an institutional level; - Stefan Leiner, head of the biodiversity unit at the DG for environment at the EU commission, will explain the new legislations regarding biodiversity;  - Amadé Billesberger, organic farmer at Billesberger Hof  in Bayern Germany, will tell us what biodiversity means on a farm level.    Podcast host: Valentina Gritti Production & editing: Bra On The Rocks Music: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes   Important: sing the petition to Save Bees and Farmers at this link: https://www.slowfood.com/save-bees-farmers/   Slow Food gratefully acknowledges funding support from European Union. The contents of the podcasts are the sole responsibility of Slow Food and the EASME is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

Dec 2020

42 min 7 sec

When we think of the mountains, we may make the mistake of simply thinking of them as being “up there”, without considering the layers of diversity they hold at different altitudes, as Pía León and Malena Martínez of Peru explain.  Peru is a land of extraordinary biodiversity at wildly different altitudes. From 3500 to 4000 meters we find tubers, potatoes, olluco, leaves and roots. Corn proliferates between 2500 and 2800 meters, while cacao grows best at a lower altitude, which is, at the same time, the highest reaches of the jungle. The kitchen can bring this wealth together in a unique experience that, beyond the diversity of foods, represents a diversity of cultures too.  Pía León is a chef and director, together with her husband Virgilio Martinez, of the restaurants Central and Mil in Lima and of Bar Mayo in Barranco, all focused on Peruvian gastronomic culture. In 2018 Pia was nominated as best woman chef in Latin America for her project Kjolle. She is also the Culinary Director of Mater Iniciativa, the food research workshop of the Central restaurant. Malena Martínez is the Director of Mater Iniciativa. She has spoken about the evolution of the project at #50BestTalks Latin America: United By Food, in Bogota. Host & dubbing: Valentina Gritti Music & editing: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes Gaita: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes; Flute: Clara Gallardo; Percussions: Philip Kukulies. Find the video of the Food Talk on the Terra Madre website: https://terramadresalonedelgusto.com/en/event/pia-leon-e-malena-martinez-food-and-culture-at-high-altitude-a-tribute-to-diversity/ Do you like our podcast? You can support us on Patreon and have access to extra materials: http://patreon.com/join/slowfoodyouthnetwork/ A project by the Slow Food Youth Network.  

Dec 2020

10 min 18 sec

Cuando pensamos en las montañas, podemos cometer el error de pensar simplemente en ellas como si estuvieran "allá arriba", sin tener en cuenta las capas de diversidad que albergan a diferentes alturas, como explican Pía León y Malena Martínez del Perú.  El Perú es una tierra de extraordinaria biodiversidad a altitudes muy diferentes. Desde los 3500 a los 4000 metros encontramos tubérculos, papas, ollucos, hojas y raíces. El maíz prolifera entre 2500 y 2800 metros, mientras que el cacao crece mejor a menor altitud, que es, al mismo tiempo, la parte más alta de la selva. La cocina puede reunir esta riqueza en una experiencia única que, más allá de la diversidad de alimentos, representa también una diversidad de culturas.  Pía León es chef y directora, junto con su esposo, Virgilio Martinez, de los restaurantes Central y Bar Mayo en Lima y de Mil en Cusco, todos enfocados en la cultura gastronómica peruana. En 2018 Pía fue nominada como mejor mujer chef de América Latina por su proyecto Kjolle. También es la Directora Culinaria de Mater Iniciativa, el taller de investigación alimentaria del restaurante Central. Malena Martínez es la Directora de Mater Iniciativa. Ella ha hablado sobre la evolución del proyecto en #50BestTalks Latin America: Unidos por la comida, en Bogotá.  Podcast host: Valentina Gritti Música y editing: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes Gaita colombiana: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes; flauta: Clara Gallardo; percusión: Philip Kukulies. Enlace video original del Food Talk: https://terramadresalonedelgusto.com/en/event/pia-leon-e-malena-martinez-food-and-culture-at-high-altitude-a-tribute-to-diversity/ ¡Visita el sitio de Terra Madre! ¿Te gustó este episodio? Puedes apoyar nuestro trabajo en Patreon.  Un proyecto de Slow Food Youth Network.  

Dec 2020

10 min 34 sec

In the episodes of the previous month we decided to learn more about the forest ecosystem and in particular forest people and land rights. This month instead we want to take you to the highlands. But instead of taking it very broad, we have decided to focus on one specialty that grows in the highlands… I am talking about coffee! Yes, the episode of today is entirely dedicated to coffee.  And we also have a very special host for this episode, who has carried out all the interviews and basically worked on the whole concept I am talking about Kumud Dadlani. Kumud is a child of Asia. She was born in Taipei, raised in Kuala Lumpur and currently she is settled in Bombay. In these countries food is a form of social interaction and this planted in her the seed for the interest in local food systems and in the culture that surrounds it.  Today Kumud is going to take you to a coffee journey in India, Rwanda, Mexico and Italy. You are going to dig into topics such as coffee agroforestry, specialty coffee and coffee tasting and also the brand-new project of the Coffee alliance of Slow Food.  So get yourself a warm cup of coffee and enjoy this episode! Interviewees: Stephany Escamilla Femat & Gerardo Hernández Martínez run the cooperative El Cafecol in Veracruz, Mexico. Together they maintain the objectives of preserving the diversity of the forest, ensure stable livelihoods, develop programs to enhance the value of Coffee and work together with the government to change local policies around Coffee. Arshiya Bose, a social scientist from India who started Black Baza Coffee as a medium to help Coffee farmers to grow the plant in tandem with nature. She speaks about the biodiversity seen in India and the new definition of speciality Coffee. For her, the forest is represented in the cup. Arthur Karuletwa, hails from Rwanda. At his former job at Starbucks Coffee company where he was the Coffee Traceability Director, Arthur has worked on a program using block chain technology to give back and solidify the identities of Coffee growers. He further explains how the terroir can affect the flavour and sensory quality in a cup of Coffee. Emanuele Dughera, works for the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity as coordinator & as a spokesperson of the Africa and Middle East Office. Furthermore, he manages Slow Food actions, grassroots projects, food and educational activities, in the Southern African countries as well as Portuguese speaking countries in Africa. He speaks of a new project called Slow Food Coffee Coalition. Project manager & host: Valentina Gritti Special host: Kumud Dadlani Composition, production & editing: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes Musicians:  Percussions: Philip Kukulies; Mexican music: Tres Ríos: Pablo Rodríguez, Manu Pinzón, Patricia Mancheño, Leonardo Prieto: African music: Kabele bah, Paul Valdivia, Guillermo siliceo, Jorge whaley y Juan Domingo Rogel; maestro Gwagoro Keita; Indian music: Codarts Makam and Tala lessons. This episode is realized in the occasion of the Slow Food event Terra Madre 2020: find the whole program on www.terramadresalonedelgusto.com    Did you like this episode? Support our work and have access to extra material by becoming one of our patrons on http://patreon.com/join/slowfoodyouthnetwork/   Financed by the European Union. The contents of this podcast are the sole responsibility of the author and the EASME is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein. A project by the Slow Food Youth Network

Dec 2020

50 min 44 sec

In the podcast episode dedicated to forest peoples and land rights, I promised you another episode about land grabbing and there it is! Today we have the pleasure of listening to the Italian journalist and writer Stefano Liberti. Among others, he is author of the book I Signori del cibo, by which the movie Soyalism is inspired, and Land Grabbing. Today he is going to talk about the research he carried out for the latter book, including some latest updates and positive examples of peoples that managed to fight against land grabbing and they managed to see their land rights recognized.  But let’s start from the very beginning: what is land grabbing?    Find out more about Terra Madre: www.terramadresalonedelgusto.com Interested in the topic? Join the free Terra Madre Forum "Forest peoples' food systems and the threat of land grabbing" on the 21st November. Register at: https://terramadresalonedelgusto.com/en/event/forest-peoples-food-systems-and-the-threat-of-land-grabbing/  Become a SFYN Patron and get access to extra material: http://patreon.com/join/slowfoodyouthnetwork/   Project manager and podcast host: Valentina Gritti Composition, production and editing: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes African Ensemble Berekete: Kabele bah, Paul Valdivia, Guillermo siliceo, Jorge whaley and Juan Domingo Rogel; maestro Gwagoro Keita. Financed by the European Union. The contents of this podcast are the sole responsibility of the author and the EASME is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein. A project by the Slow Food Youth Network  

Nov 2020

13 min

What is going on at the EU policy level? Why is the environmental movement asking for a the withdrawal of the proposal of the new Common Agricultural Policy? What is the Farm to Fork strategy and how binding is it?  All this questions and much more are answered in this episode by Inés Jordana, coordinator of the EU Food Policy Coalition, and Madeleine Coste, EU Food Policy officer at Slow Food International, in Brussels.  Podcast host: Valentina Gritti Production, editing & music: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes   Useful links: EU Food Policy Coalition website; Agriculture Atlas; Slow Food EU website; Good Food Good Farming campaign website. Important: sing the petition to Save Bees and Farmers at this link: https://www.slowfood.com/save-bees-farmers/   Online appointments not to miss:  - November 17th: Food and Cultural Heritage Conference 11.00-13.00 CET https://terramadresalonedelgusto.com/en/event/food-and-cultural-heritage-an-eu-policy-perspective/ - November 24th: the Common Agricultural Policy: keeping ambition high in Europe https://terramadresalonedelgusto.com/en/event/the-common-agricultural-poliy-keeping-the-ambition-high-in-europe/    Financed by the European Union. The contents of this podcast are the sole responsibility of the author and the EASME is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein. A project by the Slow Food Youth Network    

Nov 2020

55 min 48 sec

The indigenous population doesn’t destroy, we’re only looking for conservation, the preservation of the environment. Indigenous people are the biggest protectors of the Earth. That’s us, the indigenous people are the greatest defenders of nature, of animals, of biodiversity, of the waters… All of that is thanks to the indigenous people _ Murilo Juruna Today, the SFYN Podcast dedicated to Terra Madre 2020 kicks off its ecosystem exploration journey with an episode dedicated to forests and in particular to forest peoples and land rights. The urgency of creating this particular episode is due to the following target set by the Convention on Biological Diversity in the ‘zero-draft’ Global Biodiversity Framework: “By 2030, protect and conserve through a well connected and effective system of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures at least 30% of the planet with the focus on areas particularly important for biodiversity”, so they are suggesting that we increase from 17% (as it is today) to 30% the surface of our planet that will be preserved as a natural reserve. What you and I may not realize at first glance is that creating natural reserves often means removing the indigenous peoples that are currently living on those lands, who are then forced to move to “somewhere else” which is often not specified by the local authorities. Interviewees: - Michele Fontefrancesco, assistant professor in Anthropology at UNISG; - Dauro Zocchi PhD researcher at UNISG; - Winnie Kadoshy Sengwer, indigenous Sengwer women from the Embobout forest, Kenya; - Imanul Huda, indigenous leader in the forest area of Kapuas Hulu, in Indonesia; - Murilo Juruna, spokesman for the indigenous Slow Food Juruna community of the Cassava in the Brazilian Amazon (Valorização da Mandioca do Povo Juruna km 30). Find out more about Terra Madre: www.terramadresalonedelgusto.com Interested in the topic? Join the free Terra Madre Forum "Forest peoples' food systems and the threat of land grabbing" on the 21st November. Register at: https://terramadresalonedelgusto.com/en/event/forest-peoples-food-systems-and-the-threat-of-land-grabbing/  Become a SFYN Patron and get access to extra material: http://patreon.com/join/slowfoodyouthnetwork/   Project manager and podcast host: Valentina Gritti Composition, production and editing: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes Brazilian Percussion: Philip Kukulies Goni: Agustín Fernández  African Ensemble: Kabele bah, Paul Valdivia, Guillermo siliceo, Jorge whaley y Juan Domingo Rogel; maestro Gwagoro Keita. Sound database: Acoustic Ecology Lab @ASU Financed by the European Union. The contents of this podcast are the sole responsibility of the author and the EASME is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein. A project by the Slow Food Youth Network

Nov 2020

49 min 32 sec

In 'Voices from the Roots', Indigenous storytellers will take you to Kenya, Zambia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Kyrgyzstan, Uganda and many other countries, to meet their communities, to visit their houses, to listen to their dreams and personal achievements.  Today we are going to finish the series dedicated to indigenous youth stories by listening to the tales of Yolotzin Bravo, in Chiapas, Mexico, and Zarasisa Wacamaya in Cañar, Ecuador. From Tuesday onwards we are going to start the podcast series dedicated to Terra Madre: the biggest event that the Slow Food movement organizes every two years, involving food, communities and activists from all over the world. This edition, due to the global pandemic, will have a big digital part and you can find the whole program on www.terramadresalonedelgusto.com Remember to subscribe to our channel and support our work through the Patreon platform: https://patreon.com/join/slowfoodyouthnetwork/  A special thanks to Ana Silvia García Castellanos and Arianna Labasin for translation and dubbing of this episode and to Leonardo Prieto Dorantes for the music of the whole Voices from the roots series. Get ready for the Terra Madre series!

Nov 2020

15 min 10 sec

[Episodio en español] En "Voices from the roots", los narradores indígenas les llevarán a Kenya, Zambia, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Kirguistán, Uganda y muchos otros países, para conocer sus comunidades, visitar sus casas, escuchar sus sueños y logros personales.  Hoy seguimos con otro episodio dedicado a los jóvenes indígenas de nuestra red, escuchando el relato de Yolotzin Bravo, en Chiapas, México y Zarasisa Wacamaya en Cañar, Ecuador. Ellas nos van a contar historias sobre la cosmogonía que han sido transmitidas en sus comunidades de generación en generación. Yolotzin en particular nos va a platicar sobre el origen de la milpa en Chiapas y Oaxaca, dos estados de México. Zarasisa, por otro lado, nos va a narrar una historia tradicional muy especial de cómo nació su comunidad, el pueblo Cañari.  Acuérdense de suscribirse a nuestro canal y apoyar nuestro trabajo por medio de la plataforma de Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/join/slowfoodyouthnetwork/checkout   Host y producción: Valentina Gritti Música: Leonardo Prieto Dorantes

Oct 2020

14 min 24 sec

In 'Voices from the Roots', Indigenous storytellers will take you to Kenya, Zambia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Kyrgyzstan, Uganda and many other countries, to meet their communities, to visit their houses, to listen to their dreams and personal achievements.  In this episode the young Maasai Martin Oltinki, tells us how his daily life looks like, how his pastoralist community is structured and especially what the important roles of women are within the Maasai community. We will also listen to the song that Maasai women sing to cows to produce more milk! Finally, Martin will tell us what he started doing, in order to support his people during Covid-19 crises.  Remember to support our SFYN podcast by becoming one of our patrons: https://www.patreon.com/join/slowfoodyouthnetwork/checkout

Oct 2020

15 min 16 sec

In 'Voices from the Roots', Indigenous storytellers will take you to Kenya, Zambia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Kyrgyzstan, Uganda and many other countries, to meet their communities, to visit their houses, to listen to their dreams and personal achievements.  Today, Lizet Bautista Patzi will make us travel with her story to Bolivia. She is going to share with us a little bit of her life from her childhood as a farmer in the mining region of Colquiri, to her achievements as a cook in recent years. With a very humble voice, Liz tells us her inspiring story and makes us imagine the colors of her drawings and the aromas of her dishes. Liz, make us travel with you!   Thanks to Ana Silvia Garcia Castellanos for the dubbing. 

Oct 2020

18 min 9 sec

[Episodio en español] En "Voices from the roots", los narradores indígenas les llevarán a Kenya, Zambia, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Kirguistán, Uganda y muchos otros países, para conocer sus comunidades, visitar sus casas, escuchar sus sueños y logros personales.  El día de hoy, Lizet Bautista Patzi nos hará viajar con su cuento hacia Bolivia. Ella nos va a compartir un poquito de su vida desde su niñez como campesina en la región minera de Colquiri, hasta sus logros como cocinera en los últimos años. Con voz humilde, Liz nos cuenta su historia inspiradora y nos hace imaginar los colores de sus dibujos y los aromas de sus platillos.  Liz ¡haznos viajar contigo! 

Sep 2020

25 min 58 sec

In 'Voices from the Roots', Indigenous storytellers will take you to Kenya, Zambia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Kyrgyzstan, Uganda and many other countries, to meet their communities, to visit their houses, to listen to their dreams and personal achievements.   In his story Bashir doesn't want to share negative - Covid 19 inspired - thoughts with us. Instead, he wants to cheer us up with two funny anecdotes that happened to him when he had his first encounters with the “westernized world”.

Sep 2020

22 min 32 sec

In 'Voices from the Roots', Indigenous storytellers will take you to Kenya, Zambia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Kyrgyzstan, Uganda and many other countries, to meet their communities, to visit their houses, to listen to their dreams and personal achievements.   Today we will listen to the story of Njavwa Thresa Bwalya, an indigenous Zambian girl from the Bemba tribe from the Northern part of Zambia. Her strength, determination and faith, led her to escape from a critical family situation in extreme poverty and to being the first graduated woman in her community. Thresa is a food scientist, a SFYN activist and a programme Officer at Zambia Alliance of Women. Thresa’s story is particularly inspiring and listening to it will make you reflect on your current situation and the infinite possibilities you have in front of you. 

Sep 2020

30 min 59 sec

Slow Food Youth Network wants to raise attention for the concept of social justice within our movement and in the food system, because we believe that this particular historical moment is pivotal for a shift in the definition of human rights and we as a movement want to be part of this change towards a more just and fair food system and world.    Today we will have the pleasure of listening to Sara Jean Whelan, from SFYN USA in Vermont and part of the SFYN Global steering committee, who interviewed Jim Embry, one of the creators of the SF USA manifesto for equity, inclusion and justice (the EIJ manifesto). Jim describes the milestones in the history of human rights in the USA, his view on developing a manifesto and how the latest events and the current social debate created a momentum for the manifesto to get a stronger position within Slow Food and beyond.

Jul 2020

57 min 10 sec

We are in Mexico and investigate different approaches towards food sovereignty of Slow Food activists with different backgrounds in México. In the final episode, Valentina speaks with Claudia Ruiz Sántiz, a young indigenous chef and owner of restaurant Kokonó, young chef Armando Cajero and Isaac Díaz, a craft sausage maker, about food sovereignty from a gastronomy perspective.

Jun 2020

38 min 22 sec

We are in Mexico and investigate different approaches towards food sovereignty of Slow Food activists with different backgrounds in México. In episode 2 Valentina talks with SFYN members Larizza Aquino, an artisanal baker, and Vinik Juré, an anthropologist expert in Mezcal, about food sovereignty from an anthropological and political perspective.

Jun 2020

42 min 36 sec

We are in Mexico and investigate different approaches towards food sovereignty of Slow Food activists with different backgrounds in México. In episode 1 Valentina talks with Alma Rosa Garcia, coordinator of the Slow Food Presidium of the Chontalpa Cacao, and Santiago Aguilar Zilli, a young agro-ecological farmer in Veracruz, about food sovereignty from a farmers perspective.

May 2020

29 min 44 sec

Welcome to the podcast of Slow Food Youth Network. We are about to start a journey together, finding our way through the food systems. Enjoy the podcast, subscribe to it, write us a review and share it with your friends! -- Production by Valentina Gritti Music by Leonardo Prieto Dorantes Design by Giorgia Giudice

May 2020

1 min 47 sec