Terra Madre Balkan 2014

Croatia… Delegati iz 11 Balkanskih država učestvuju na trećem sastanku prehrambene zajednice, koji se ove godine održava od 19 do 22 juna u Dubrovniku u Hrvatskoj Posle dva okupljanja u Sofiji, mreža Terra Madre Balkan je izabrala Dubrovnik (Hrvatska) za svoj treći sastanak koji okuplja prehrambene zajednice Jugoistočne Evrope. Više od 200 delegata dolazi iz 11 država: Albanije, Bosne i Hercegovine, Bugarske, Hrvatske, Grčke, Kosova*, Crne Gore, Makedonije, Rumunije, Srbije … Continued

A Festival Dedicated To Wild Edible Greens

Turkey… Bilge Bengisu is a wine maker in the Izmir region, and the leader of Slow Food Urla, one of the biggest convivia in Turkey. We met with her right after Slow Food Urla main event, the wild green festival, held on the 21st of March. Why did you feel the need for a wild green festival in Urla? Urla has a very ancient history, dating back to the 12th … Continued

Third Terra Madre Balkans Coming in June

Croatia… From June 19 to 21, the Slow Food and Terra Madre Balkans network will converge on Dubrovnik for a gathering dedicated to small-scale producers and local foods… Two years have passed since the last meeting of the Slow Food and Terra Madre network. That important gathering gave producers, consumers and civil society organizations a chance to share and compare their experiences. During the last Terra Madre Balkans, held in … Continued

Higijenska pravila

Macedonia… Važnost proizvodnje sigurne hrane je neupitna, ali kada se higijenska pravila i paketi primjenjuju bez fleksibilnosti oni za prehrambenu sigurnost u konačnici stvaraju više štete nego koristi. Nas petnaest s mukom nastojimo ući u malu mesnicu Hrista Kostovskog kako bi nam objasnio tajne proizvodnje suhomesnatih proizvoda od svinjskog mesa u Kruševu, jednom od gradova s najvišom nadmorskom visinom na Balkanu. Istoimena kobasica, poznata u cijeloj Makedoniji, proizvodi se u … Continued

Europski parlament rekao je NE Komisijinom kontroverznom prijedlogu pravilnika o sjemenima

Belgija, 12. ožujka 2014. U skladu s ishodom prošlomjesečnog glasovanja Komisije za poljoprivredu Europskog parlamenta, na plenarnoj sjednici u Strasbourgu tekst prijedloga pravilnika o sjemenima gotovo je jednoglasno odbačen (15 glasova za, 650 protiv i 13 suzdržanih). “Novi pravilnik o prodaji sjemena bit će jedna od najvažnijih tema agende šestomjesečnog talijanskog predsjedavanja Europskom unijom“, komentirala je Cinzia Scaffidi, direktorica Slow Food Centra za studije. “Moraju pronaći način da reguliraju i … Continued

A Wealth of Biodiversity in the Balkans

Native breeds, artisanal cheeses, fermented beverages, fruit preserves, traditional sweets… Often the treasures of the Balkans go ignored, even though they could provide an crucial boost to local communities. The Balkan peninsula is on the periphery of Europe, both physically and mentally, despite the on-going European Union integration process. In Western Europe and the rest of the world, ideas of the region tend to be hazy and indistinct, influenced by … Continued

The Treasure in the Cave at Divle

Turkey… At Divle, on the Anatolian plateau in Turkey, the traditional “tulum” cheese, an Ark of Taste product, has been made for centuries, preserved in sheep and goat skins inside a deep cave at the edge of the village… The dull hum of the little, open lift that lowers two people at a time, accompanies the vertical passage between two completely different worlds. From the wind-swept plateau flooded with violent … Continued

Oliviero Toscani for the Slow Food Presidia

Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia… Renowned Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani has turned his lens on Slow Food Presidia products from around the world. The resulting series of 63 shots of 63 products is currently on display in a Tuscan winery, hung alongside faces from his Razza Umana (“human race”) project. The exhibition has been inspired by the Slow Food philosophy and by food as an expression of liberty and humanity. … Continued

Living on the Edge

Serbia… Animal species almost forgotten are a treasure for Serbian biodiversity. A Slow Food project is now struggling for their preservation. “Traces of the Karakačanska Ovca, a sheep variety selected over the centuries by the Karakacani nomadic ethnic group, were lost for decades in Serbia, but a few years ago, during a visit to the Mount Cemernik area, in southern Serbia, some of the locals told me about two sisters, … Continued

Of Oxen and Olives

Croatia… On the small Croatian island of Unije, the fight against emigration and the abandonment of rural areas is starting from the land, with the revival of the Istrian ox breed and the traditional cultivation of olive trees. “Beco, ooooh Beco. Good Beco!” As our little tractor makes its sputtering way through the tangle of thistles and brambles, the otherwise-silent Polje plain is flooded with the still-warm sun of the … Continued