Remembering Edward O. Wilson, father of sociobiology and biodiversity

“Biodiversity’ is a recent word – Edward O. Wilson used it for the first time in 1986 – and it is a somewhat difficult word, which interests few people, mainly those who study it. In fact, it should be everyone’s business, because it refers to life itself, from the smallest level (genes), to animal and plant species, to the most complex levels, the ecosystems”.

This is what we wrote at the end of the 1990s, when Slow Food began its journey to defend biodiversity, recognising from the very beginning entomologist Wilson as its initiator and cultural reference point.

So now that he has passed away, at the age of 92, we cannot fail to pay tribute to the man who changed the nature of our association and the lives of many of us. It is thanks to this man from Alabama, who spent his days observing ants and butterflies at the age of ten and went on to become one of the world’s foremost naturalists and writers, that we have come to understand the deeper meaning of the connections between all living things.

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