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Intensive farming: how we can change course

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Bra, Italy

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September 15th at 17:00 in your time zone

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The intensive livestock farming model that has emerged in recent decades carries an unsustainable environmental, social, and economic cost. However, changing course from intensive farming is both possible and necessary.

The need for change is becoming increasingly urgent: European regulations are tightening; consumers are more mindful of animal rights, environmental preservation, and their own health; costs of animal feed raw materials and energy are soaring. How can we initiate an environmental and ethical transition? And what alternative model to intensive farming should be pursued? We’ll discuss this by engaging experts and showcasing impactful examples of best practices suitable for medium and large-scale farming operations. Among the examples we’ll present are the Stalla Etica® project by Ruminantia, an eco-stable model without concrete created by a social cooperative in Cuneo, the case of a mountain pasture dairy milk produced in the Dolomites by a large dairy cooperative, and a farming approach that prioritizes soil health, fertility, and its relationship with human microbiota.


  • Sergio Capaldo, founder of La Granda, which promotes the safeguarding Native Piedmoneste Cattle Breed (Slow Food Presidium)
  • Alessandro Fantini, veterinarian and director of Ruminantia;
  • Fabrizio Oggero and Livio Bima, “I tesori della terra”, San Defentente di Cervasca, Cuneo.

Moderator: Raffaella Ponzio, manager of biodiversity projects for Slow Food Italia

The events are free and open to all. To participate, online registration is appreciated (simply click the “Register” button and provide your email). 

Cheese 2023 is organized by Slow Food and the City of Bra from September 15-18. See you there! #Cheese2023

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Event languages: IT, EN

Event location: 
Bra - Casa della Biodiversità,
Via Guglielmo Marconi, 16 – Cortile delle scuole Maschili - Bra (Italy)
GPS: 44.6970445, 7.8519394

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