April 13: “Economy, power and food. What balance so as not to succumb?

Human societies have no foundations more important than their diet, but in public debate the relationship between power and food is rarely discussed.

During the meeting of Wednesday April 13 at the Upad amphitheater in Bolzano the relation between food, energy and economy try to answer certain dilemmas.

It is possible to think of a agri-food model respectful of health, the environment and local populations? Is the economy destined for sustainable growth? What are the dangers of globalization and the increase in world population?

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Can we think of an economy and forms of power that guarantee adequate food for all? How thefood economy? It’s possible reconciling monocultures and biodiversity?

We will focus in particular on certain salient aspects of the contemporary food systemcharacterized by global food supply chains and a relative concentration of decision-making power in the hands of large multinational corporations.

In particular, some of the key problems of contemporary agri-food chains will be exposed: the indirect cost of “low cost” goods, food, climato-environmental and financial crisis.

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Reading these processes actually leads to reflect on the limits and perspectives of alternative models where producers and consumers reinvent the relationship between food and power in a supporting and horizontal key. The meeting also intends to look at the case of “community supported agriculture” and participatory guarantee systems.

In the first, new forms of community are created around local and more sustainable agri-food chains, while in the second the relationship between trust and transparency is upset, thus escaping the standardization and depersonalization of the major contemporary food chains.

With these examples, there is no question of proposing a valid recipe for all the problems of global supply chainsi, but offer food for thought on innovative ways of thinking about the relationship between food and power.

The experts involved in the evening are Alexander Koensler, professor of food anthropology at the University of Perugia e Maurizio Canavari, member of the scientific committee of Ri-nutri, professor of economics and food marketing at the University of Bologna.

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The evening with free entry requires seat reservations, subject to availability, at 0471 210201 or by writing to info@upad.it. To access the room, a Green Pass is required. The detailed program of initiatives of the Ri-Nutr Cycle it is available at the link www.ri-nutri.it.

The event is co-financed by the Province of Bolzano, the Department of Italian Culture and the Municipality of Bolzano

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