Italy, Rome

Food Waste in Italy

when 20 May 2019 - 22 June 2019
language English
duration 5 weeks
credits 3 EC

In Italy, food is celebrated, and many Italians cite the pleasure of eating and sharing meals as core cultural values.However, even with its long history of attention to regional and national cuisine, and veneration to taste and authenticity of food, less attention has been paid to the fact that a great deal (around 14.5 billion USD) of food goes unused.The Italian government is hoping to change this phenomenon. A recent (2016) Italian law requires that markets donate "usable" food to reduce waste and feed hungry people.In this course, studentswill study these issues by analyzing current research, conducting fieldwork, and looking at current implementation of the law. Students will work (through interviews, observation, and partnerships with community recovery agencies) to analyze where, when, why and how the line is drawn between food and food waste in Rome and the impacts and consequences of these categories.

Target group

Undergraduate and graduate students interested in food studies, sustainability, food production, food systems, marketing, nutrition, psychology, and related fields. Scholars, researchers, and professionals in food-related fields are encouraged to inquire.

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3 EC
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