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Ecology is evermore economy.

The current management of natural and human resources, and the politics which governs the planet, conceive of only the hoarding of resources, their consumption until destruction, and never of their regeneration.

Environmental degradation, a consequence of a thoroughly backward approach to the planet, is accompanied — as Alex Langer wrote 30 years ago — by social degradation. The West is the major consumer of the planet’s environmental resources but the principle consequences are dumped, above all, on the southern hemisphere where climate — and therefore social — change are, in a devastating way, evident.

The business world, much more than single individuals, has a great responsibility for the social and environmental impoverishment which is, by now, evident to all. To develop, produce and distribute products and services generates business and profits and entails, at the same time, the assertion of models, behaviours and politics which shape existence, create culture and contribute, for better or for worse, to the definition of reality all around us. …


Lucio Cavazzoni

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A few days ago Le Monde newspaper published research according to which between 1989 and 2016 75% of the biomass of pollinating insects have disappeared.

Systemic pesticides are primarily responsible. They have been denounced since the 1970s, but have never really been challenged.

A month ago, a young beekeeper in the Bologna Apennines, close to where I live, lost 14 beehives. The cause: a chemical treatment on a field of corn cultivated nearby using a very common pesticide, promoted and sold in the agricultural partnership round the corner.

It’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of… than for a component of some lucrative and “realistic” sector to renounce their concrete commercial transaction, whether small or large, even if it’s aware of damage it does to both the environment and to people. …


Those close to us and those across the globe

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Food and words are two elements that revolve around us — and it’s incredible what little importance we tend to afford to the prior.

While we are easily prone to absent-mindedly downing a number of foods which have been modified, words that are baseless do hurt and bother us.

Instead we should pay attention to the food we eat because it is what makes and unmakes us. It can keep us well, or make us unwell. The topic is far more global: it impacts those who produce this food and revolves around how the animals are treated, the lands they live on… the environment overall is what generates the food we eat, the industry is what transforms it. …


Cibo libero.

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Senza confini.

Riprendere una relazione di amicizia con il cibo, di vicinanza, di conoscenza significa riconquistare una relazione con la terra ed i suoi prodotti, con gli allevamenti , con agricoltori e allevatori. Che sono, questi ultimi, radice e custodia di una parte importante e spesso non considerata del nostro stare bene.

Le generazioni che hanno vissuto a cavallo delle due guerre mondiali del ‘900, e quelle precedenti e quelle precedenti ancora ci trasmettono una cronica penuria in quantità e qualità di cibo, non dissimile da quella dei numerosi migranti che fortunosamente hanno attraversato il Mediterraneo o che lo vorrebbero in cerca di scampo. …


Ci vuole coraggio.

Nella seconda metà degli anni 70, dopo il ’77 per lo più, nel nostro paese si formarono spontaneamente oltre cento cooperative agricole di giovani, nessuno dei quali veniva dalla campagna.

Ci chiamavamo “cooperative alternative”. Per i giovani di allora, allevatori di lombrichi, pecore, capre e galline, apicoltori e agricoltori che tornavano alla terra per viverci e coltivarla senza veleni, si trattava di una sfida diretta a un modello non solo agricolo, contrapponendo un’idea di lavoro e di società, una funzione del cibo e di coabitazione con la natura in aperto contrasto con quella dominante ai tempi.

Sono passati 40 anni, uno spazio decisamente lontano: il treno Milano Roma impiegava oltre 8 ore, le lettere si scrivevano e imbucavano a mano e per fare copie economiche di documenti si usava il ciclostile (termine che i più non conoscono). La grande distribuzione non esisteva, i negozi Coop dove presenti erano più vicini a spacci di beni di prima necessità. Le multinazionali erano più conosciute per i volantini delle Brigate Rosse che per una presenza pervasiva ed influente come oggi. …


Yet land is home.

Why lands at risk of desertion — given a perceived lack of compatibility and fertility — represent a tremendous opportunity for an alternative food: home-made food, for Health.

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The land we set foot on day in day out, still untouched by cement rollers and with ample fertility to grow the products we eat, has never been privatised by such a number of great landowners. The most fertile and water-rich lands are gobbled up while those that no longer offer ample conditions are abandoned. …

lucio cavazzoni

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