The Farmers’ Markets in Italy: a growing trend

Intervista Campagna Amica
Interview to Pietro Hausmann of the Campagna Amica Foundation Last Friday 27th June, Lucia and I have met Pietro Hausmann, who works for Campagna Amica and who deals with the development of its markets in Italy. Campagna Amica is a foundation based in Rome and it is a national network of direct selling of local products, formed by markets, farms, agritourisms, restaurants, urban gardens, small shops and ethical purchasing groups[1]. Our aim was to better understand the growing movement in Italy of the so called “farmers markets”, or local producers’ markets. We want to get known their history, their organization, their values and their perception of the Expo 2015. The easiest way to do it, was to start from the city we live in, and in particolar, from the market that Lucia visits every weekend. We turn up for the meeting at the market which hosts Campagna Amica at Circo Massimo ...

I have read for you: “Feeding mankind” of Louis Malassis

Let’s inaugurate a new type of article, the ” I have read/watched for you “. Indeed, it’s been 4 months since our blog is online and almost nine months since Laura, Juliette and I had the idea to create it, and yet thanks to the people we were able to meet or simply the circumstances, we happened (and we will in the future) to read books or to see movies or reports on the food and agriculture which made an impression on us and what we would like to share with you in the prospect of the 2015 Universal Exposition. Today, let’s start with “Feeding manking” written by the engineer and French professor, Louis Malassis. Have a nice reading and don’t hesitate to comment! Lucia To sum up Only with 128 pages (which can be read really quickly and easily), the author managed to summarize and explain the complex history of how mankind faced ...

Quiz in honor of world cup: 10 questions to test your knowledge on food and agriculture in Brazil

Brazil expo 2015 quiz
We couldn’t not make something for the World cup 2014 since Laura, Juliette and I are such big fans of football (for those who know us, note the irony of the second part of this sentence… Indeed, the 2014 World cup represents also an opportunity to know better Brazil and in the context of our blog, to concentrate on agricultural and food issues. Good luck for the quiz and may the best win! Lucia Share and Enjoy

The geopolitics of food: food safety,globalization and sustainability at the heart of the challenges

Geopolitica cibo Expo2015
I have always been interested in geopolitics: to know what is behind the international policy, to understand the political, economic, or military strategies adopted by the different countries to respond to challenges and create alliances. In short: to know the different realities which makes our world a global network. That is why I decided on friday May 16th to go to a conference about “the geopolitics of food” organized by the italian Istituto di Alti Studi in Geopolitica e Scienze Ausiliarie. It made me understand once again that when we speak about geopolitics it does cover only the States political decisions but in a such global world the food also becomes an interconnected reality which has significant consequences on the global population and on what we eat. Thus, the theme of food safety has been raised once again as a crucial issue for the world’s global balances. Moreover, speaking about Expo 2015 and its ...

Quiz: 10 questions to test your knowledge on food and agriculture in the European Union

UE Food agriculture Expo2015
Elections to the European Parliament will take place Saturday 25th of May 2014. It’s an opportunity to test your knowledge of key figures in terms of food and agriculture in the European Union, one year before the Universal Exposition 2015 which theme is Feed the planet: energy for life. By the way, did you know that European Union will have its own pavilion to the Expo, you will also find one question about this. Share and Enjoy

Bread, wine and earth at the heart of Mediterranean antique civilizations

Pane Vino Expo2015
I made the most of my Easter long weekend in Bologna –called « la grassa » (the fat) in Italy – the city being well known for its generous food. Indeed I participated to the guided tour organized by the bolonian archeological museum on the theme: « Demeter and Dionysus, or bread and wine. The symbolic meaning of food in the antique world». In a general way, it seems that the bond between earth and nature are at the heart of Mediterranean antique cultures. Religions and cults reinforce the sacred dimension of the “earth fruits” considered as gifts of gods. Bread and wine are central during celebrations but also moments of transition – as entering in adult life or death. With the guide Giulia, we travelled thru time and space between Egyptian civilization at the time of pharaohs and Greek civilization. This visit gave me an up-and-coming  foretaste of the many stories and ...

Degrowth theory and food issues: towards a “frugal abondance”?

Alimentazione abbondanza frugale Expo2015
What are the connections between food issues and degrowth theory? I had the answer attending to a conference with Serge Latouche, a famous French economist and thinker partisan of the degrowth theory in Milano the 17 of March.  The conference was held within the framework of a course of lectures organized by the foundation of the Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra entitled “Banquet table: between food and knowledge”. Introducing the conference, Serge Latouche first recalled the audience the definition of eating quoting Carlo Petrini, the founder of the Slow Food movement “Eating is a total discipline that regards agriculture, economy, culinary arts and ecology”. Indeed society issues have direct impacts on eating ones. Criticism of the negative impact of growth and its excesses Serge Latouche quickly presented the general framework of its thinking: he denounced the “society of growth” that little by little let itself be absorbed by the objective ...

Sustainable brunch:loving food, localness, seasonality, patience and courage on the menu

brunch me up
Interview of Matthias Behar, CEO of Brunch me up  Matthias is a 25 years old young man who is working since one year on the creation of a brunch home delivery company in the city of Aix en Provence, France. He intends his company to respect the principles of sustainable development. But concretely how to reconcile pleasure of a nice brunch and sustainability? Well this interview may help us figure it out. How did you have the idea of creating a brunch home delivery company? It was a Sunday morning in Lille, it was cold and my fridge was empty. We wanted to go for a brunch, but it was impossible to book anywhere. Everything was full and I realized there could a place for this type of activity. What are the main obstacles to create your company? First, the regulations in force, in particular hygiene and safety standards. Then, ...

Interview of Wakao Hanaoka of Greenpeace Japan

Imagine del sito web di Greenpeace Giappone
“The combination of overfishing, distributing and consuming is the major seafood-related issue in Japan” Last august, my Japanese roommate and friend, Mari, who worked some years within Greenpeace Japon, and who followed our project of the blog, has left for Japan, on holiday. We took this opportunity to ask her to contact one of her ex colleague. No sooner said than done! Grazie Mari! The responsible of the ocean campaign draws us a very complete picture of the situation of fishing and seafood products consumption, underlining the difficulty to implement a more sustainable fishing and to make the Japanese people aware of the consequences of their consumption habits. The Fukushima catastrophe seems, however, somehow, to  change the situation. Another interesting information is that if, on one hand, the Expo 2015 is receiving a growing media attention in Italy (I saw last time in some touristic shops, this coffee cup with ...

Food consumption polytheism: the era of eclectic nutrition and paradoxes

Polythéisme alimentaire
Last 22 of January in Milan, I had the chance to attend a conference with Giuseppe de Rita, a famous Italian sociologist and president of the Centro Studi Investimenti Sociali (Censis) on the food consumption polytheism. This conference was organized within the framework of a course of lectures organized by the foundation of the Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra entitled “Banquet table: between food and knowledge”. Our relation to food, a determinant frame of reference for understanding society As he introduced the conference, Giuseppe De Rita insisted on the fact that our relation to food was essential to understand our society. Since the end of Second World War – period in which food was considered as precious, rare and not really diversified – and in particular from the fifties and sixties economic growth was at the origin of an important increase of food consumption, food becoming more abundant and accessible. ...