Tag: sustainability

“We need more coordination in civil society” – Interview with Simon Bush

Concern for the sustainability of seafood has increased globally. Different forms of governance have arisen from this concern, from market-based approaches to social movements. Simon Bush of Wageningen University in the Netherlands, co-author of the recently published book “Governing Sustainable Seafood,” was invited to Slow Fish 2019 to share his thoughts on fisheries and aquaculture certification.

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.

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.

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 future is ecological restoration

Among the members Slow Fish Scientific Committee, Robert Danovaro, President of the Anton Zohrn Zoological Station in Naples, has that rare gift: the ability to make complex concepts easily understandable. The Earth is a house where nature and humanity must coexist and propser together. Progress can't be measured in GDP, but only in eco-sustainability which is able to reconcile economic, social and environmental well-being.

158,760 Titanics of plastic in the sea: the problem of our times

Talking to Professor Silvano Focardi of the Slow Fish Scientific Committee, we start from an apparently obvious point: "A clean, unpolluted sea guarantees our food security and our health. Pollutants end up inside marine fauna and flora, it's inevitable. Some of them accumulate in organisms over time. This is one of the reasons why we should choose fish with brief life cycles, that don't have time to accumulate high levels of contaminants like mercury, which is more present in, for example, tuna and swordfish."

The Sea Is Our Mother: An Interview with Mehmet Can Görgün

“The sea is our mother. She gives us pure love without any expectation of something in return. She feeds us continuously, even though we mistreat her. We must show more respect.” Mehmet Can Görgün is a fisher from Turkey who has been working in the Gulf of Gökova in the Aegean Sea for over 40 years. He'll be talking to us at Slow Fish about the need to adapt to changing ecosystems. 

Fish in the city – bad habits and good practices

Good practices when buying fish... sure, but how easy is it in the city? What are the main obstacles that a sustainability-conscious urban citizen must overcome? In Milan, Italy, Blue Food Green Future—a collaborative project involving Greenpeace, WWF and Slow Food Milan among others—is drawing public attention to food resources related to fishing and aquaculture, fishing methods and consumption habits, and how these must change in order to secure a sustainable future for marine resources.

Smoke signals from the Irish Coast

Visitors to previous editions of Slow Fish may remember Sally Barnes, the ever-smiling Irishwoman whose love of food and life radiates out like a beacon of joy. She returns to Slow Fish 2019 as one of our Queens of the Sea, preserving an ancient knowledge which has been part of life along the Irish coast for centuries: fish smoking.

Fresh creations – The new life of PVC

The graphic banners used during Slow Food events are made of PVC, a material which is anything but sustainable. Yet, since 2017, the last edition of Slow Fish, we’ve found a way to prolong the life of these materials beyond the event, turning them into placemats, handbags, bottle bags and aprons, with the Sc'Art! project in Genoa.