Two of the great food and farming events of the world took place concurrently in Turin in late October: the biennial Salone del Gusto giant food fair and Terra Madre, the convention for small-scale farmers from around the world. In both of these events, the Slow Food movement took a leading part.

Set up in Italy in 1986 in response to the dominance of fast food chains, supermarkets and large-scale agri-business, Slow Food promotes an alternative approach to food production and consumption based on