Right to food in Italy: from politics to policies

Roberto Sensi, Food Law Finance Student Several food initiatives were carried out during the EXPO2015 semester. Among them, the most interesting concerned ones the construction of the so-called “cultural legacy” of EXPO 2015. The first is the Milan Chart, a not binding document signed by business, civil society and citizens who  “declare their personal responsibility and firmly ask governments and institutions to undertake measures in order … Continue reading Right to food in Italy: from politics to policies

Are IP rights contributing to a sustainable and more productive agriculture?

Giulia Caddeo, FLF Student Introduction Ip rights on seeds are nowadays one of the biggest issues in the food sector. If on the one hand, IP rights could be a reasonable way to protect inventions and, in that way, to incentive creativity and innovation, on the other hand very much depends on  the object protected by this kind of legal protection. This issue could be … Continue reading Are IP rights contributing to a sustainable and more productive agriculture?

CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE HUNGER GAMES (3/6)

Daniela Ueda Martins, FLF Student. This entry is the second of a series of posts reflecting on the political role of food in the fictional book series Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. The discussion is an idea of Dr Jose Luis Vivero Pol. Hunger as a means of controlling people is the strongest message on the book “Hunger Games”. In the Capitol, food is plentiful, … Continue reading CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE HUNGER GAMES (3/6)

Food : whose responsibility? The individual and society

Carol Choi, Food law and finance student.     Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz (Utah) caused quite the frenzy on social media this past week.  His comments insinuating that some Americans should choose health insurance over buying the new iPhone rightfully incensed people all over Twitter and Facebook.  This is not the first time I’ve heard iPhones used as bait to pin personal irresponsibility, especially in … Continue reading Food : whose responsibility? The individual and society

The Hunger Games: a not-so-remote “reality” (2/6)

Lidia Mahillon, FLF Student This entry is the third of a series of articles reflecting on the political role of food in the book series Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. The discussion is an idea of Dr Jose Luis Vivero Pol. Science fiction novels have a strong capability to critique the established paradigms[1]. They usually constitute a reflexion on how human society could evolve, and … Continue reading The Hunger Games: a not-so-remote “reality” (2/6)

What is the role of the state in the global economy? Does it make sense to talk about national economic sovereignty?

Roberto Sensi, FLF student This blog aims to briefly discuss how the neoliberal globalization has been eroding the Nation-State economic sovereignty in the last decades and open the doors toward a global governance system. In such a scenario, does it still make sense  to talk about Nation-State economic sovereignty? Whether the answer is positive or negative, it is important to ask what would be their … Continue reading What is the role of the state in the global economy? Does it make sense to talk about national economic sovereignty?

Chefs : Big Business or Beacons of New Food Systems?

Carol Choi, FLF student   “The Gods of Food” (2013).  It wasn’t the first time Rene Redzepi, chef of then world’s best restaurant Noma, appeared on a Time magazine cover.  The subtitle, “the people who influence what (and how) you eat” captures perfectly the changing roles of a chef, now that they’ve infiltrated the spotlight.   As fewer people cook at home, they’ve come to … Continue reading Chefs : Big Business or Beacons of New Food Systems?

Subversive Markets as Weapons: from The Hunger Games to Food Sovereignty (1/6)

Carol Choi, FLF Student This entry is the first of a series of articles reflecting on the political role of food in the book series Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. The discussion is an idea of Dr Jose Luis Vivero Pol. One of the major currents running through The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is the notion of food as the basis of society.  It … Continue reading Subversive Markets as Weapons: from The Hunger Games to Food Sovereignty (1/6)

Toward a right-based approach in food assistance: the case of urban food policy

Roberto Sensi, Master Food Law Finance Economic crises and austerity policies caused the increase of poverty in Italy. According to the estimation of the  Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT), in 2015 the 7.6% (4.598.000) of the national population was under the absolute poverty line. Other 13.8% ( 8.307.000) of people were relative poor.  Many of these people faced problem in having a regular and … Continue reading Toward a right-based approach in food assistance: the case of urban food policy

Are Human Rights an Appropriate Tool for Food Governance?

Author: Carol Choi, FLF M.Res student As a push for countries to adopt the right to food as a human right is well underway, I find myself hesitating at the concept of human rights in international governance.  Jessica Almqvist duly notes the “scope of application” (Almqvist, 30) covered by the notion of human rights as applicable to all people.  It’s in this universality that gives … Continue reading Are Human Rights an Appropriate Tool for Food Governance?