Center for Food Studies: News

As events around the world renew the fight to save the environment, one threat to the ecosystem goes largely unnoticed: nitrogen pollution created by the global food system, said Visiting Professor Dr. Colin Sage, in a lecture sponsored by The American University of Rome and the Italian Geographical Society.

On April 9, 2018, AUR’s M.A. Program in Food Studies and Center for Food Studies, together with the Harvard Club of Italy, hosted a guest lecture by Harriet Friedmann entitled  'Metabolism of Global Cities: London, Manchester, Chicago: the history of imperial, industrial and agro-industrial cities that drew in "food" as they emerged and transformed landscapes far away.' 

The farmer, Aurelio, an engineer, explained and showed to the students the crops, vegetables and animals that the farm produces, including the part that qualifies as organic. He emphasized the constraints under which his farm operates, being in a natural park of the Region.

On March 2, 2018, a group of M.A. Food Studies students took a field trip as part of the course on Food, Rurality and Local Development to visit Metafarm, located outside of Naples in Positano, on the slopes of the hills leading down to the beautiful Amalfi coast.

Professor Valentina Peveri (Food Studies program) has co-authored a new article alongside Dr. Kristie Drucza for Women's Studies International Forum.

Women's role in agriculture is widely reported to be essential; despite this, women's role in the wheat-sector is under-researched. Feminist standpoint theory is applied in analyzing 73 documents on women's role in agriculture from 1990 until 2016 to answer the following questions: How does the world look, and operate, for males and females in wheat growing households?

The Trump Administration’s latest budget proposals for 2019 call for $214 billion in cuts to federal food assistance programs over the next 10 years. While think tanks, citizens’ groups, academia, and the US Congress debate the issue, they may find some good advice in a new book: “The 1.5 Billion People Question: Food, Vouchers, or Cash Transfers?” 

On Saturday February 17th, AUR’s Graduate School launched its new program to offer two full-day targeted Graduate Workshops per semester aimed at developing specific skills. The event proved to be very popular – even necessitating moving the class into the student lounge to accommodate the number of students who had signed up!
 
Prof. Pier Matteo Barone led the first workshop that covered the topic of Geographic Information Systems. A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer-based tool that analyzes, stores, manipulates and visualizes geographic information, usually in a map.

AUR Adjunct Professor Maria Fonte of the Food Studies program will be teaching an intensive course this January at Kyoto University in Japan, in its International Graduate Programme for East Asia Sustainable Economic Development. Students in the program come from different South East Asia countries including Japan, The Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and China.

Dr. Harold Alderman, Visiting Professor of The American University of Rome, Senior Research Fellow of the Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) will be giving a seminar in FAO on 18 January 2018 on the recent book he co-authored entitled “The 1.5 Billion People Question: Food, Vouchers, or Cash Transfers?”

Dr. Glauber is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington. Previously, he spent over 30 years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and he was also the chief agricultural negotiator in the Doha talks.