Piedmont adheres to the petition, launched on change.org by Turin-Piedmont World Food Capital, to transform the region into a “valley of food”.
A list of 10 reasons to support the initiative.
The economic sector generates 8 billion euros every year. There are 50,600 farms that cultivate 900,000 hectares, of which 49,000 are organic. Almost 4,390 companies, equal to 7 per cent of the national total, operate in this area, together with 11,618 food shops and 28,028 bars and restaurants, for a total of 242,000 employees. This is why the idea of transforming the region into a Food-Valley.
With these words, an excellent story of the spirit of Piedmont, the appeal was launched:
“There have been better moments, but we Piedmontese know how to be ambitious.
We united Italy and were the capital of the auto industry. We have created innovation in every sector and we were the first to believe in the importance of food as an engine of development, protection of the territory, traditions and health.
For centuries, food has been the engine of Piedmont: wines, meats, cheeses, sweets, traditional agricultural products and great gastronomy. But not only. We founded the most important food companies in the country, invented Slow Food and our vineyards were the first to be recognized as a World Heritage Site and our universities have specialized in food “
And then it ends with the actual appeal:
“Let’s roll up our sleeves, we transform a difficult situation into a great opportunity to relaunch our land and use our primacy to convert Piedmont into a real Food Valley.
Let’s ask to the President of the Piedmont Region (Alberto Cirio) to the Mayors of the provincial capitals and Presidents of the Piedmontese provinces, to the Minister of Economy and Finance to include Torino-Piemonte World Food Capital among the priorities of the next actions and that a share of the European funds reserved for Piedmont is destined to finance this project. “
The Region has identified a list of ten reasons to support the initiative.
1) Langhe Roero and Monferrato Unesco World Heritage Sites:
The Wine Landscapes of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, Unesco heritage since 2014, are six areas of excellence, which extend for 10,789 hectares along gentle hills covered by vineyards as far as the eye can see, interspersed with small hilltop villages and medieval castles. Within the borders of the provinces of Alessandria, Asti and Cuneo, viticulture has been the fulcrum of economic and social life for centuries.
2) 58 pdo wines and 25 pdo, pgi and stg food products
Piedmont counts 25 controlled brand products, of which 14 dop, 9 pgi and 2 stg, and 58 dop wines to which, in 2019, Nizza dop was added. The economic impact of these products is of great significance for the entire region.
3) The food markets of Turin
Farmers’ markets and fresh food markets are present in every province of Piedmont. In particular, in Turin I am 42 those organized daily. Of these, 38 host the direct sales counters of farmers and breeders.
4) Regional wine shops and wine shops
Piedmont, with the regional law n. 37 of 1980, established 14 regional wine shops and 34 between wine shops and municipal cellars, housed in castles and historic residences in the main Piedmontese wine-growing areas.
5) The rice of Vercelli
More than one hundred varieties of rice are grown in the Vercelli area, including the Baraggia Biellese and Vercellese, the only Italian DOP since 2007. Present in the Vercelli area since the Renaissance, cultivation has contributed to the reclamation of the territory.
6) Agritourism companies
They are present in Piedmont 1,316 authorized agritourism companies, two thirds of which are located in hilly areas, just under a fifth in the mountains and the remainder in the plains. Over half are also involved in the administration of food and catering. Cuneo is the province that has the largest number of farmhouses, covering about one third of the total.
7) 25 ecomuseums and 6 museums dedicated to food
The Piedmont area has a rich network of museums, which contributes to the enhancement and dissemination of knowledge related to the culture of food. Among these, there are 6 thematic museums and 25 ecomuseums.
8) Almost a thousand national and international food festivals and fairs
Worthy of note on Piedmontese soil is also the network of food festivals and fairs promoted by the Region. They are an important showcase for the promotion of the territory and its resources: products, territories and landscapes, food and wine, agriculture, history, tradition and culture.
9) 36 Slow food presidia in Piedmont
There are 36 Slow Food presidia, that is all those products, traditional processes, indigenous breeds that risk disappearing in Piedmont. Around the flavors that risk extinction, therefore, Slow Food has created a community of farmers, artisans, shepherds, fishermen, restaurateurs, who take care of the food traditions of their territory, preserving biodiversity, handing down production techniques and crafts of extinction.
10) Education and training: from high schools to universities and masters
Piedmontese students who intend to devote themselves to the food sector have a vast range of choices: in the region there are, in fact, 55 professional and hotel institutes, dedicated to agriculture and food and wine, and a Linguistic High School with artistic and food and wine curves, born from the collaboration between the Mother Mazzarello High School, the Turin Museums Foundation and Slow Food.
So, if you want to join and support this petition, you can sign it online at change.org.