“Attending Terra Madre in 2008 in Turin was a life changing experience for us both”, says Neil. “We attended all the formal days and stayed in a nunnery (arranged by Slow Food) for about 5 nights and were transported to and from Terra Madre daily. Jane and I frequently think about global food issues and local ones with great commitment and reflect on what we learnt and saw at Terra Madre. We have become increasingly active in pursuing issues that we see as important such as introduction of GMO and the ownership of food and its genetics by a few multinational companies.
Through this experience, we learnt about the Slow Food mission of good, clean and fair [food] and subsequently developed a commitment to those principles, and adopted them in our business. Whenever we plan or produce a new product we consider these principles as fundamental to that product. The Terra Madre was the most inspiring function that we have ever attended.
As a result we established networks in our own Australian community, and in particular Aunty Beryl from Sydney who later spoke on behalf of the aboriginal community at the launch of our Pink Lake Salt project. We also met Kate Watson through Slow Food Melbourne who later became a valued employee of our company.”