Carlo Petrini

“True change can happen at the food table every day, if we use our purchases to support agricultural models which show concern for the land and those who cultivate it”

Italy

Carlo Petrini is the founder of the Slow Food movement which began in his native Italy to promote the use of locally-grown foods and sustainable agriculture. He is also the FAO Special Goodwill Ambassador for Zero Hunger for Europe. He says that consumers who are informed can make everyday choices which steer the future towards greater sustainability.

“True change can happen at the food table every day, if we use our purchases to support agricultural models which show concern for the land and those who cultivate it,” says Petrini.

Petrini urges consumers to reduce waste, reduce the consumption of meat, avoid the use of disposable plastics, and simply increase their awareness of what they put on their plates every day and how it can influence the power which food has on a global scale.

Petrini has used Slow Food and Italy’s University of Gastronomic Sciences to promote his approach to Zero Hunger and even before being named a Special Ambassador, he partnered with FAO to promote inclusive food production and family farming. Petrini applauds new initiatives in Europe which are putting the emphasis on food as an instrument of policy with a major influence on the world’s socio-economic dynamics.

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