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Cheese in Bra 2015, Italie : Raw milk cheese is the most valuable durable goods we have

The 10th edition of Cheese, Slow Food biennale dedicated to milk in all its forms, concludes with the very positive assessment of 270 000 visitors, including 30% from abroad. More than 300 producers from thirty countries and all continents have animated the streets and regaled visitors to their dairy products. a real discovery of even the most distant cheeses geitost Norwegian, Bulgarian cheese green ... a stroke of unexpected freshness in late summer.

Conferences and meetings organized at Cheese are clearly emerged from the political themes that Slow Food has been working and will continue to engage in the future.

The campaign to defend raw milk, central theme of the first editions of Cheese has achieved significant results, so much so that the cheese producers of raw milk network now includes representatives from countries such as South Africa, Brazil or Argentina. The petition against the use of milk powder and other milk derivatives in the manufacture of cheese has encountered a significant mobilization of visitors and the number of signatures is doing to 150,000 at the end of the event.

Cheese in the presence of many young farmers and cheese producers is an encouragement to Slow Food’s commitment to continue to persist that agricultural activities in the mountains on the medium and long term.

The Ark of Taste welcomed aboard new products reported by visitors to the event itself, a sign that the establishment of a food biodiversity catalog meets the sensitivity of many consumers. The activities organized at the House of Biodiversity helped raise awareness of the vital role that soil plays and animal feed in the quality and diversity of milk and cheese.

The representatives of civil society, farmers’ union and media have brought new perspectives to the debate on TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), stressing that it is essential to ask who / why we do what Treaty, insofar as it is not for the growth of the economy, environmental protection or well-being of peoples. They also insisted that, beyond the changes on our plates, the treaty heralds a profound change in the agricultural system, with all its environmental, social and societal.

The conference on the end of milk quotas in Europe has highlighted the ongoing changes in the price of milk and its transformation into a commodity, subject to the rules of world trade speculation. Faced with this situation, stakeholders agreed on the need to return to a form of regulation of milk production, failing which either smallholders or territories, including fragile mountain ecosystems, not free come out of the industrialization of the sector.