The health of the sea is the health of us all – the inauguration of Slow Fish 2021

01 July 2021

The health of the sea is the health of people and the environment, but also a new conception of tourism and the local economy.

“I think that with this edition of Slow Fish a new idea must take form, one not just related to the event, but to the political economy and tourism of this region.” With these words the President of Slow Food, Carlo Petrini, inaugurated the 10th edition of Slow Fish, whose physical events take place from today to July 4 in the old town of Genoa, one of the first physical events in Italy this year.

The event, Petrini reminded attendees at its inauguration, has two faces. “On the one hand it’s care for the marine ecosystems, and from this point of view Genoa has been a landmark for small-scale fishing worldwide, creating a network not just for the Slow Food movement but also for the communities that the delegates represent. On the other hand, we must take advantage of this moment to regenerate the relationship between the powerful tourism sector and the Liguria region.”

Environmental sustainability: an instrument of growth?

Regenerating, according to the founder of Slow Food, means “a training process, but at its core there must be awareness of the heritage this region is home to in terms of food culture, much of which is still unknown to the tourists frequenting its restaurants. We must concentrate on the resources of this region, making this event a source of pride for local people, producers, tourism industry workers, and for visitors, encouraging them to develop an affectionate bond with the area, rather than fast tourism that has no links to the land. Because that kind of tourism can be long-lasting and intelligent, a resource that supports the agricultural and artisanal sector,” Petrini added.

Giovanni Toti, President of the Liguria Region, connected the themes of tourism and sustainability. “Never before as much as now has Slow Fish been a symbol of restarting, coherent with the world we must create after the pandemic. We’re talking about the integration of the extraordinary heritage of our country, as well as its seas and gastronomic traditions, but also themes of massive importance like pollution and sustainability. We want to create development that makes environmental sustainability an instrument of growth, that creates work and synergy between sectors. We want to go towards a new world, a world in which Genoa may be one of the capitals. I’m happy that Liguria takes another step towards this future through Slow Fish.”

Nel vivo di Slow Fish 2021

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Slow Fish 2021 | Photo: Alessandro Vargiu

Support for Slow Fish

Support for this edition of Slow Fish, as well as from the Liguria Region and City of Genoa, comes from the Genoa Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry for Ecological Transition, the Ministry for Agricultural Policy. It is also supported by lots of companies who believe in Slow Fish’s economic and social goals: BBBell, FPT Industrial, Pastificio Di Martino, Quality Beer Academy (QBA), Reale Mutua and UniCredit; In-Kind partner Bormioli Rocco, Bormioli Luigi, BSD Liebherr and S.Bernardo; Green partners PoolPack, Amiu, Ricrea and e-bike.

Cover image Paolo Properzi | Slow Fish 2021