A video documentation about the Natural Fibres platform hold by Elena Schneider in Terra Madre 2008. Producers from around the world were invited to partecipate, discuss, share knowledges.
This October 23-27 in Turin among the 6,800 delegates who attended the third edition of the international Terra Madre meeting were more than 4,000 small-scale farmers, breeders, fishers and artisan producers, 800 cooks, 300 academics, 1000 young people and 200 musicians representing 1,652 food communities and 150 countries as well as hundreds of volunteers and observers. For the first time ever there were 75 producers of natural fibres, both of vegetable and animal origin as the organisers recognised the close link between breeding for fibre or/and for food and meat, when one is often the by-product of the other and wanted to start working on ideas and building on a network to further develop in 2009, the FAO International Year of Natural Fibres. The delegates came from 15 countries each representing a precious fibre, such as cashmere from Mongolia, superfine Merino from Oceania or silk from China. There were Peruvian producers of Pima cotton and South Africans breeding mohair goats, all gathered by the organiser, Elena Schneider and thanks to the many sponsors such as Schneider Group, Ermenegildo Zegna, Cotonificio Albini and Blulino.