Food Policy and Sustainability Conference

Three days of study at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo
September 11–13 , 2009

A unique opportunity to examine the themes of food production, sustainability, and ecology, open to all those working in the field—entrepreneurs, teachers, students, and other organizational representatives.

Friday, September 11 to Sunday, September 13, 2009

University of Gastronomic Sciences
9, piazza Vittorio Emanuele
12042 Pollenzo – Bra (CN)

15, via Alba
12050 Serralunga d’Alba (CN)

The Presenters
Andrea Bairati, Luigi Bistagnino, Gianluca Bocchi, Rachel Black, Valter Cantino, Raffaele De Lutio, Adriano Favole, Eric Holt-Gimenez, Tim Lang, Luca Mercalli, Carlo Modonesi, Loretta Napoleoni, Clara Nicholls, Raj Patel, Ezio Pellizzetti, Carlo Petrini, Andrea Pieroni, Claudia Ranaboldo, Vandana Shiva, Nancy Turner, Richard Wilk

The Structure:
Focusing on 8 disciplineseconomics, law, environment, social systems, production systems, traditional knowledge, evolution and co-evolution, and policy practice—the conference comprises 2 plenary sessions and 1 day of workshops centered on 8 key questions pertaining to each of the respective disciplines, all culminating in a round-table discussion aimed at providing multiple responses to each question.

The Participants
The conference is designed for entrepreneurs, teachers, students, institutions, and professionals operating within international cooperation—all those seeking to delve into the issues linked to the complexities within food policy.

The Fee: €800 per person, including:
– participation in the sessions
– 1 buffet dinner, 1 buffet lunch, 1 formal dinner (with show)
– shuttle service between Pollenzo and Fontanafredda
– conference proceedings
– English and Italian translation of all presenters

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Le radici e gli innesti


Le radici e gli innesti: Saperi del cibo e della terra tra i Kanak della Nuova Caledonia

Università degli Studi di Torino – Giornata di studi

Lunedì, 27 ottobre, 2008

Sala Lauree della Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia
Palazzo delle Facoltà Umanistiche
via Sant’Ottavio 20 – Torino

I will be participating in this roundtable discussion on food in New Caledonia, being held at the University of Turin in conjunction with Slow Food’s Terra Madre events. The event will be held in French & Italian but all are welcome. I look forward to seeing you there.

Canada Stage


I am still catching my breath after my 14 students from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy left Vancouver on Saturday. I helped organise and plan their visit to British Columbia. They spent 12 days exploring BC foodways and thinking about important topics such as First Nations’ cuisine; cultural identity and food in Canada; food security and access; sustainable food systems; and the intersections between the unique BC environment, food production and cuisine. We visited all sorts of food producers and culinary professionals from the UBC Farm to Aurora Bistro. We traveled from Vancouver to the Island and over to Salt Spring and met some lovely people who are working hard to change the way eat and think about food in Canada. Thank you to everyone who participated and to all of those who volunteered their time.

Dr. S. Katz to talk about the Global Food Crisis at UniSG




Dr. Solomon Katz, University of Pennsylvania

“The Causes and Consequences of the First Global Food Crisis in 2008”

17:30 – April 23, 2008 – Aula Magna – Cascina Albertina–University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, Italy

Until the last year nearly all previous food crises have been caused by wars and/or centered in part on crop failures in various regions of the world. Now first the first time a combination of crop failures (associated with climate change in water resources), increases in human population size, changes in diet, and the sudden diversion of food from the human food chain to the large production of fuel have caused a catastrophic increase in food scarcity. These events have driven up the cost of food well beyond many people’s ability to pay for it is causing a whole new source of global hunger that is now forcing between one hundred and four hundred million people into the ranks of food insecurity.

Dr. Katz has served as the founder and Chairman (1984-1986) of the Task Force on the African Famine for the American Anthropological Association which produced a series of monographs, symposia and reports on food security in Africa. Katz was the Series Editor of “Food and Nutrition in History and Anthropology” Gordon and Breach Publishers (with a dozen books in the series) from 1986 – 1995 and is Editor-in-Chief of the “Encyclopedia of Food and Culture” published by Scribners (Gale) in 2003, which was awarded six major national and international awards and prizes including the Dartmouth Medal (US) and the Emerald Award (UK) in 2004 for the best reference publication of 2003. In 2007, Katz was elected as a trustee to the Council for a World Parliament of Religions with an emphasis on integrating science and religion into the CWPR.