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“The Italian Way: Mediterranean Diet vs Food Waste” by Prof. Andrea Segrè (University of Bologna)
November 17, 2020 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
A public lecture with welcome remarks and special toast to Pellegrino Artusi by Dr. Thomas Botzios (Consul General of Italy), Dr. Luca Di Vito (Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago), Dr. Laila Tentoni (President of Casa Artusi in Forlimpopoli, Italy), and Prof. Grazia Menechella (University of Wisconsin-Madison).
The “Week of Italian Cuisine in the World 2020,” with events organized worldwide, stresses the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet during the pandemic. In his lecture, Prof. Segrè will stress the characteristics of the Mediterranean diet as a model for a sustainable lifestyle following his motto “think locally, act globally” — a motto in which he stresses the link between collective and personal actions and how they impact our world.
Andrea Segrè is a professor of International and Comparative Agricultural Policy at the University of Bologna. Prof. Segrè’s research is on circular and sustainable ecological economics, and he is a leading scholar of the Mediterranean diet as a model of sustainable diet, and the founder of special projects that focus on reducing and eliminating food waste. He is the president of the FICO Foundation and the AgroFood Center in Bologna. In 2014, for his engagement against food waste, he
was the recipient of the prestigious Artusi Award from Casa Artusi. Among his publications are Lezioni di ecostile (Mondadori, 2010), Transforming Food Waste into a Resource (with Silvia Gaiani, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2011), Cibo (Il Mulino, 2015), L’oro nel piatto. Valore e valori nel piatto (Einaudi, 2015), Basta il giusto (quanto e quando) Lettera a uno studente sulla società della sufficienza (Altraeconomia, 2015), Mangia come sai. Cibo che nutre, cibo che consuma (EMI, 2017), Il gusto per le cose giuste (Mondadori, 2017), Il metodo spreco zero (Rizzoli, 2019), Le parole del nostro tempo (with Matteo Zuppi, EDB, 2020). His essay “Pyramids & Circles: The Mediterranean Diet in the Geometry of the Stilmedio” is included in the recent Italian/English volume I segreti della dieta mediterranea / The Secrets of Mediterranean Diet edited by Marino Niola and Elisabetta Moro (Il Mulino, 2020).
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This event is organized in collaboration with the Department of French and Italian, the Center for European Studies, and the Food Studies Network at the University of Wisconsin- Madison,
together with Casa Artusi (Forlimpopoli, Italy), and the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago.