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?

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

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?

Growing Food in Schools: tapping into children’s transformative power

Author: Lidia Mahillon, FLF Student. This Op-Ed was submitted as fulfilment of the module on Food Governance for the Master of Research in Food, Law and Finance of the IUC. There have been numerous debates in Belgium about the ‘secular ethics’ – morale laïque – and religion courses in elementary and secondary school. As in other European countries, the idea of a “citizenship course” has … Continue reading Growing Food in Schools: tapping into children’s transformative power

The West-African Caravan for land, water and seeds: a bottom up initiative by local communities to reclaim food sovereignty

Author: Lidia Mahillon, FLF Student. This article was submitted as fulfilment of the module on Food Governance for the Master of Research in Food, Law and Finance of the IUC.   As Europeans, we seldom hear of African agriculture in positive terms in mainstream media. Farmers from the sub-Saharan continent are often portrayed as either passive or lacking cohesion in their social movements – which … Continue reading The West-African Caravan for land, water and seeds: a bottom up initiative by local communities to reclaim food sovereignty

Interview with Stefano Liberti on his latest book ‘I Signori del Cibo’ (ITA)

The students of the International Master in Food, Law and Finance dialogue with Stefano Liberti, the author of the book ‘I Signori del Cibo’ where he analyses four food chains and their hidden areas: tomato paste; pork meat; soy-beans and tuna fish. In the interview, he introduces the main elements of the book and also engages with possible solutions. Continue reading Interview with Stefano Liberti on his latest book ‘I Signori del Cibo’ (ITA)

Agrotoxic in Brazil: agroecological farmers market as a way of fighting agribusiness’ power over our health

Author: Luana de Melo Lucena, FLF M.Res. student In this post I want to consider a problem of the food system that is of utmost importance. It is the Agrotoxic in Brazil. Since 2008, Brazil is the largest consumer of pesticides in the world. The quantities thrown on the plantations are equivalent to about 5.2 liters of poison per inhabitant per year. Yet Brazil represents … Continue reading Agrotoxic in Brazil: agroecological farmers market as a way of fighting agribusiness’ power over our health