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Rethink, Reduce, Reuse

The University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG) hosted a number of excellent presentations, workshops, and tastings during the four days of Slow Fish in Genova, including a session on rethinking food waste. UNISG is one of the institutions participating in Life Foster, a project co-financed by the EU Commission LIFE Programme and led by ENAIP NET, the Italian network for vocational and educational training.

Recipes Against Food Waste

Food waste was among the major topics discussed during the 2019 edition of Slow Fish, which concluded in Genova last Sunday. As recently as a decade ago, the waste associated with food production was barely mentioned in popular conversation, but now it’s a hot topic and most people recognize that it is part of our daily life and a structural feature of the current social and economic paradigm.

Sea Heroes: Working Side by Side with Indigenous and Small-Scale Fishers

For many small-scale fishers and coastal indigenous communities, fish means much more than food: their relationship with the sea plays a vital role in maintaining their distinct livelihoods. These communities are facing significant threats from climate change and industrial fishing, which risk cutting the ancient ties between indigenous peoples’ and the oceans. On the last day of Slow Fish, three guests from the Netherlands, Finland, and South Africa shared their experiences of working with their local indigenous and small-scale fishing communities.

Slow Fish 2019 Launches The Recipe For The Future Of Our Seas

It is becoming increasingly clear that, for the seas to continue to be food reserves, we must change our habits: fish less and better, cultivate algae and more shellfish. This is a cultural leap in which Slow Food must take a leading role by involving fishers and breeders, cooks and consumers. This is the conclusion of a four-day debate among international delegates of the Slow Fish network, which discussed the issue starting from the central theme of the ninth edition of Slow Fish: The Sea: A Common Good.

What to do about invasive species? Eat them!

Blue crab, smooth cornetfish, Asian tiger shrimp, rabbitfish, lionfish: names that call to mind warm seas and exotic landscapes, yet they're being found more and more often in our fishers' nets, and consequently at our fishmonger stands and on our dinner tables.

How Climate Change and Industry Are Pushing Fish To The Brink

On a sunny morning in Genoa on Friday May 10, Gabriele Volpato of the University of Gastronomic Sciences presented a stark and incisive lecture on the complex relationship between fishing and climate change. A number of factors were taken into consideration, with a special focus on the combined effect of rising temperatures and dwindling fish stocks on coastal communities in West Africa.

Guardian Fishers Put Technology at the Service of Sustainability

We sometimes fall victim to the romantic idea that traditional food producers and artisans live in a world without modern technology. In fact, many small-scale fishers and their communities have found ways to incorporate technology into their practices precisely in order to continue pursuing their traditional livelihoods, even as markets change. People who formerly fished or gathered exclusively for subsistence are now finding ways to enter the market in order to diversify and strengthen their community economies.

Eight things to do at Slow Fish!

We’re into day three in Genoa and the event is heating up. Between Tasting Kiosks, the Market, the Bread and Pizza Forge and the Alliance Kitchen ... you can follow Slow Fish at the Old Port until Sunday!

Coastal Communities in Morocco Strive to Preserve Sustainable Small-Scale Fishing

With 3500 kilometers of coast, Morocco has a strong tradition of maritime fisheries, but its waters are ever more threatened: industrial fishing is plundering the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. At the same time the markets are ridden with farmed and invasive species that have no connection with the local culture. On May 10, Slow Fish with guests from Morocco discussed how local communities can put truly sustainable development into action.

The Queens of the Sea: The (In)Visible Role of Women in Fishing

The role of women in fisheries is often underestimated, as fishing is usually perceived as a male activity. Women, though, play a crucial role in fishing in many communities in the world. They are often responsible for the preparation of fish before it goes to market, and even become fisherwomen, challenging traditional gender roles. On May 9, Slow Fish shared three stories of women in fishing at the Slow Food Arena.