The health of the planet and the people

Streaming from

Bra, Italy

February 5th at 18:00 in your time zone

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A single issue has captured the world’s attention like few others before: the Covid-19 pandemic.

The effects are being felt in every country around the world, where it has put a strain on human health as well as our economic and social well-being. The outbreak of the pandemic and its devastating consequences have reaffirmed the importance of radically changing our lifestyles and food choices, as they have a massive impact on our health and that of the planet.  Scientists, together with the World Health Organization, see the decline of biodiversity as one of the main causes for the spread of new contagious diseases. The struggle to protect biodiversity is crucial: it is the only way to ensure the survival of the human race and indeed the countless other species on that call this planet home.

Can we deal with malnutrition by protecting and promoting biodiversity? Will biodiversity help us preserve the health of ecosystems? What role can policy play in promoting sustainable food systems and healthy diets?

Slow Food will release and discuss its position paper on food and health during the conference.

The conference opens with the Food Talk of David Quammen, journalist and author of Spillover.


  • Kathy Sykes, MA, past Senior Advisor, Aging Initiative at US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), experienced in public policy, environmental health, aging and sustainable communities.
  • Rosalind Sharpe, MA, Director of the Research Fellow at Food Research Collaboration (FRC), based at the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London.
  • Heribert Hirt, PhD, Professor at the Institute of Plant Sciences, Inra Paris, France; at the Center for Desert Agriculture, Kaust, Saudi Arabia; and at Max Perutz Laboratories, University of Vienna, Austria

Moderator: Andrea Pezzana, MD, PsyD, Director of Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition at the Turin Public Health Authority (ASL), and Scientific consultant for the theme of Food and Health for Slow Food.


The conference and the position paper are organized with the support of Reale Mutua. This event is free and open to all.


Financed by the European Union

The contents of this event are the sole responsibility of the author and the EASME is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein

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