The third edition of Fruto, Dialogues on Food will focus on water and food as health. Conceived by Alex Atala and Felipe Ribenboim, the annual seminar takes place in São Paulo, from January 24th to 26th, at Unibes Cultural, and will be livestreamed on its official social media pages
The seminar continues to be a platform for engagement and mobilisation for dialogues about food, sustainability, and the challenges and solutions for now and years to come. For the first time, the event will be open to the general public, free of charge, on Sunday (26th).
FRUTO was created by chef Alex Atala and cultural producer Felipe Ribenboim, with the support of Instituto ATÁ. It emerged from the need to discuss the world’s food supply and problems surrounding it. The goal is to spread the message that the greatest link between nature and culture is the kitchen. The main topics of discussion will be ‘water’ and ‘food as health,’ but subjects such as recycling and reusing will be also addressed.
This year’s FRUTO has water as one of its main themes, for it is of extreme importance to discuss the use of a non-renewable resource. There will be talks about access, treatment, distribution, springs restoration, groundwater and other issues. The main focus is on the importance of water for the environment and human kind. This discussion mainly concerns Latin America, where the world’s largest reservoirs are. They can be found in Amazonia and Patagonia.
The seminar also highlights issues such as recycling, packaging, and sustainability, aiming to identify challenges and bring about solutions for the future.
Among the participants in the seminar are Alexandre Pires (coordinator at Centro Sabiá), Ana Paula Bertoletto (leader of the Healthy Eating Program at Idec), Benedito Braga (CEO at Sabesp), Eduardo Malta (Environmental Restoration Coordinator at ISA), Humberto Rios Labrada (Goldman Environmental Prize winning scientist), International Paper, Larissa Bombardi (professor at the School of Philosophy, Literature and Human Sciences of USP), Milton Antonio da Matta (professor at the Federal University of Pará), Nina Orlow (institute Pólis), Pablo Vagliente (Director of Sustainable Finance at Fundación AVINA | Argentina), Roberto Rocha (president at ANCAT, the national association of collectors of recyclable waste), Sergio Tulio Caldas (author of the book Água, precisamos falar sobre isso [water, we need to talk about it]), Toni Massanés (General Director at the foundation Alícia | Spain), and representatives of Preta Terra and Recicla Sampa.
On the third day of FRUTO, January 26th, several films will be presented. All the chosen movies relate to themes addressed in the seminar. Among the films are Fonte da Juventude [youth fountain] (directed by Estevão Ciavatta), Nuvens de Veneno [poison clouds] (in partnership with Fundação Oswaldo Cruz/ VídeoSaúde, Terra Firme MP2 Produções), Muito Além do Peso [well above the weight] (directed by Estela Renner).
There will also be a musical for children and the entire family: Planeta Oca [planet hut] (by Carú Ricardo and Flávia Rubim). It addresses topics such as water, animals, and waste. There will be products from all over Brazil, and many of their producers will be present as well. On the 26th, lunch will be held by Gastronomia Periférica and Agência Solano Trindade. Each dish will cost between R$ 15.00 and R$ 30.00. Tickets must be picked up one hour in advance at the reception of Unibes Cultural. Subject to capacity limits.
All lectures will be livestreamed by UOL, on their platform Ecoa, and <https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiR8h7U-XXITbimgqrbh6cg?sub_confirmation=1FRUTO’s YouTube channel. For more information: <https://fru.to/>