Many of the events at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto feature special guests: intellectuals, writers, economists, philosophers, anthropologists, ecologists and educators who, together with farmers, herders, fishers and cooks, offer their vision of the environment, agriculture and food.

Among the people we’ve invited, the following have already confirmed their participation:

  • Fritijof Capra. Austrian physicist, economist and writer. Among other things, he’s worked on sustainable development, ecology, and the theory of complexity. His fame is mostly due to his bestseller The Tao of Physics. With The Turning Point and other following works he distanced himself from purely scientific and philosophical questions to discuss politics, economics and ecology, which, according to Capa, derive naturally from a new conception of science.
  • Larissa Mies Bombardi. Professor at the faculty of Philosophy, Literature and Humanities at the University of São Paulo. A geographer, she’s particulary focused on human and agricultural geography. In recent years she’s concentrated her studies on the use of agrochemical priducts in Brazilian farming.
  • Dave Goulson. Biologist, conservationist and Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex, his specialist subjects are ecology and hornet conservation. The Daily Telegraph has called him an “eloquent entomologist” for his capacity to appeal to a wider public – and not just an academic audience – regarding the secret lives of insects and birds.
  • Sunita Narain. Indian environmentalist, activist, and director general of the India-based research institute the Centre for Science and Environment. In 2016 she was included in a list of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine. The same year, she appeared in the documentary Before the Flood, where Leonardo di Caprio discusses the climate crisis with some of the world’s foremost experts.
  • Dan Barber. Chef at the Blue Hill restaurant in Greenwich Village, New York, and of the Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a farmstead restaurant in upstate New York where all the ingredients on the menu are grown and produce on-site. He’s a regular writer for the New York Times and other publications. In 2006 he received a James Beard prize for best chef in New York, and in 2009 he was awared best chef in the country. He was also named in Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the same year.
  • Carolyn Steel. British architect and and prominent exponent of the urban ecosystem, Steel is the author of Sitopia – How food can save the food, where food is considered a central element for confronting the difficulties and opportunities of our urban, digital era. A provocative and exciting vision of change and how we can propser on our crowded, overheated planet.
  • Paul Collier. British economist, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, and director of the International Growth Centre. Among the most influential economists on the global scientific scene, in The Future of Capitalism Collier reflects on the failures of capitalism with a pragmatic proposal to correct its defects. He starts from a fundamental assumption: that beyond producing profit and providing jobs, capitalism must necessarily be ethical in order to function.