Italy is also one of Europe’s largest organic food producers, and meanwhile having strong food traditions. With iconic foods like Parmigianino Reggiano, Parma Ham, and Balsamic Vinegar, Italy sees a great possibility to explore industrialized food production and the development of sustainable alternatives. Northern Italy is also the birth ground of the Slow Food movement. This week-long study tour takes you to the metropolis of Milan and to the countryside in the Emilia Romagna region and the Po Delta. Explore the themes of the course from a Mediterranean perspective and juxtaposed to the Nordic perspective, while being introduced to a great eating culture with a strong sense of locally produced food.
Milan housed the 2015 World Expo, which focused on feeding the planet and kick started a project by the Italian chef Massimo Bottura to reduce food waste and use the meal as vehicle for social inclusion. The city now spearheads a global program for urban food policies. The Po Delta is known as the economic and agricultural powerhouse that produces about 35% of Italy’s agricultural products, while it increasingly suffers the effects of climate change.
- Learn about sustainable approaches in the Italian context
- Understand the social, economic, and environmental consequences of a large-scale global food production
- Analyze the social and cultural embeddedness of traditions around food and their relation to sustainable food practices
- Compare and contrast sustainability approaches in Northern and Southern Europe
- Visiting the Refettorio Ambrosiano and the Milan Food Policy Office, local initiatives that aim to shorten the supply chain
- Touring sites such as a sustainable farm, a Parma ham production facility, and organic wineries
- Meet with representatives from the Slow Food headquarters and University of Gastronomic Sciences
- Engage in the local culture by visiting sites like the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena