Fifty Shades of Corn

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Torino, Italy

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September 26th at 14:00 in your time zone

Free event

Corn is a plant with an important strategic and political value. The meat we eat is made from corn. Milk, cheese, sugar, sauces, and beverage all contain corn. Even our food wrappers, the compostable plates on which we eat, the bags in which we carry our food…

However, corn is also the base of diets and in traditional agricultural systems of countless people in the world, who have been growing it since before the takeover of commercial and genetically-modified varieties, which are more adapted for monocultures and intensive agriculture. Also, to add to its rich biodiversity, corn is a staple in the celiac diet. 

We’ll discover many of the varieties and shades, thanks to the Slow Mays network, which provides local corn with free pollinization, for which the selection and transformation of seeds take place naturally, in the fields. 


  • Ismael Bello Cervantes, native maize and milpa farmer, Nahua from the indigenous community of San Pedro Tlalcualpan, State of Tlaxcala.
  • Melissa De Billot, South Africa, Slow Food Coordinator Rainbow Maize Presidum.
  • Francesca Colombo, Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Milan, Italy.
  • Loris Livio Caretto, producer of ancient Piedmontese maize, member of the Slow Mays Network.


  • Marco Silano, coordinator of the AIC Scientific Board and First Researcher, Director of the Food, Nutrition and Health Operational Unit of the Food Safety, Nutrition and Veterinary Public Health Department of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità.

Free entry while seats last. We advise you to arrive 10 minutes before the event starts to ensure a place.

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is in Parco Dora, Turin, from September 22-26, 2022, with over 600 exhibitors and a series of workshops, conferences and tastings that show how we can regenerate our planet through food. #TerraMadre2022 is a Slow Food event. Free entry.

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Event languages: IT, EN

Event location: 
, Food and Health – Reale Mutua
Corso Mortara - Torino (Italy)
GPS: 45.0920150, 7.6662330

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