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On Terra Madre Day 2010 this December 10, the 700 events organized so far will put local food at centre stage.
In the second edition of the event, more than one hundred countries will bring together local Slow Food networks of farmers, producers, schools, cooks, and members in creative events to celebrate local food, with many events highlighting the basic right to a healthy daily diet, particularly for the world’s poorest people.
The girls of the AMPO (Association Managré Nooma pour la Protection des Orphelins) orphanage in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, will be enjoying a feast of traditional foods in a special event that emphasizes the importance of a local diet for healthier lives and communities. For its event Dégustation du Fonio a l'Orphelinat Filles de Ampo the orphanage is working with a local organic group to celebrate traditional foods, with tastings of indigenous plants such as moringa (a highly nutritious plant used in the fight against malnutrition) and fonio (considered to be the oldest cereal in West Africa) which are key to a healthy diet in the region.
In Argentina, the Buenos Aires convivium’s Dia de Terra Madre Para Todos event is taking quality local food to the city’s most disadvantaged, with members meeting to prepare a meal in a local restaurant and then distributing it around the city to the homeless and households living in poverty.
Slow Food Riga – Latvia – is combining food education with charity in its event Family Sensation, which is organizing farmers to provide a primary school with all the ingredients necessary for traditional apple pies, which the students will bake aided by local chefs. The pies will then be offered to orphans in Jekabpilsa, along with books, clothes and other items collected by the students during a charity week.
In Southern Germany, the Hohenheim farmers’ market is bringing the Right to Food Day, which also falls on December 10, to a farmers’ market of local organic and biodynamic growers. The market will be followed by an Eat-In communal meal and a presentation by the Secretary General of the Food-First International Action Network.
Other events are taking a focus on the protection of traditional knowledge and biodiversity. In Indonesia, the Wild Food Festival will celebrate the food gathering traditions of small villages on the island of Java, offering tastes of dishes prepared by the women who hold the knowledge and skills of the seasonal harvest and cooking which are being quickly lost today.
The Bread, Wine and Cheese event will be held at the Hamra Earth Market in central Beirut, Lebanon, presenting the public with a reminder of the rich agricultural biodiversity being lost to the globalized food system by offering traditional breads made from 20 varieties of Lebanese wheat, accompanied by wines and cheeses from producers in the region.
Meanwhile, in Kenya, small-scale farmers are invited to ensure their local varieties are not lost by coming together to exhibit, sell, share and discuss traditional seeds at the Traditional Seed Fair event.
In the Caribbean, the public is invited to the Eat-In Trinidad and Tobago in the centre of the capital city, officially launching a "Grow local, buy local, eat local" campaign in collaboration with the local government.
This is just a taste of the hundreds of events being held for Terra Madre Day 2010.
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