the road to terra madre

Slow Seed Summit: Seed sovereignty, ethics & advocacy

slowfood mark


Brooklyn, United States of America

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May 14th at 17:00 in your time zone

Free event

For three days, hundreds of people from around the world will virtually gather, listen and discuss the regeneration of our world’s foodways to advance good, clean and fair food for all. Each day will focus on a new lens through which our attendees will listen, share and plan the future of our climate, health and food justice


Various technologies are impacting seed sovereignty of communities, and often these technological efforts jeopardize seed ownership and threaten Earth’s biodiversity, livelihoods, cultures and health. Today we explore the question: What does it mean to have sovereignty over a community’s seeds, and can we create mechanisms that facilitate a more regenerative ecosystem?

All times are in CET.

5pm: Keynote: Challenges Related to Genetic Engineering of Seeds

Hear from Astrid Oesterreicher about genetic engineering, ethical technologies surrounding genetic modification and why focus on this technology is different from region to region.

6pm: Little Seeds Fighting the Giant

Corporate seed ownership threatens biodiversity, livelihoods, cultures & health. How to keep seed out of the hands of profit seekers?

7.15pm: Author Readings

Hear from authors of the Kinship Book series

8.15pm: Building a Collective Vision for Seeds

Come build a manifesto together as we look at seed as kin, community-centered ecosystems, and belonging and ownership.

9.45pm: Reckoning Race and “Regeneration” Beyond the Farm

What do we mean when we talk about regenerative agriculture? What is missing from the conversation when media uses this term liberally?

10.45pm: Watch & Learn: Seeds of Vandana Shiva Movie

Today we are screening the film: Seeds of Vandana Shiva.

This event is part of The Road to Terra Madre, a series of initiatives organized by the Slow Food network around the world to pave the way towards the international gathering which takes place in Turin, Italy, from September 22-26 and where participants will design the future of food together.           

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Event languages: EN

Event location: 
United States of America - New York, Slow Food USA
9322 3rd Avenue 402 - Brooklyn (United States of America)
GPS: 40.6181719, -74.0334542

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