World Food Crisis Conference with Solomon Katz

Last week Solomon Katz came to the university to talk to us about the current problems with food prices and supplies. He is a professor of anthropology and director of the Wilton M. Krogman Center for Research in Child Growth and Development at the University of Pennsylvania. Here is a summary of the information I picked up and some of my thoughts…

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Fishing in Puglia

Fish unloaded from boat, Mola di Bari

Last week I had my last thematic field trip with the university, studying the fishing industry in Puglia. Our trip was slightly disrupted by the unsettled weather that was affecting most of Italy and unfortunately we didn’t get to go out on boats and see fishing actually happening (unless you count seeing a small net-full of fish pulled out of the water in a fish farm). Anyway, there was plenty of other fish-related stuff…

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India trip and Navdanya

Navdanya logo made from seeds

We just got back from a two week trip to India, mainly looking at the work of Vandana Shiva’s organisation Navdanya

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Po Valley Rice Production

Rice growing in flooded field, Piemonte

This is a piece I wrote as a university report about rice production after our field trip on rice in May 2007 when we visited two producers in the province of Vercelli, Piemonte, Italy…

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The Recovery of Sicilian Wine

Planeta winery

This is a piece I wrote as a university report on our field trip in Sicily in February 2007…

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From Parmigiano-Reggiano to Grana Padano

Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Grana Padano cheese

This is from a university report I wrote after field trips covering these two cheeses…

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Salumi Field Trip

Freshly made salame

Last week I had my first field trip with the University of Gastronomic Sciences, a thematic stage looking at salumi (cured meats).

I was very lucky to be allocated to the group going to the Antica Macelleria Falorni in Greve, Tuscany where we were accommodated very generously and luxuriously by the Folonari family at their wine estate, Tenuta di Nozzole. This led to us learning almost as much about wine as salumi during our stay…

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