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On May 4, 2018, students from the Master in Food Studies went on a field visit for the course in Sustainable Food Systems. TREBOTTI is a family-owned 30 hectares organic vineyard in the hills of Castiglione in Teverina (VT). 

Two AUR students from Syria were invited by Marco Gualtieri, Seeds & Chips Founder, to participate in the Summit and to take part in two prominent discussions. 

April 6th marks the anniversary of the 2009 earthquake that devastated the city of L'Aquila in Abruzzo and set off a series of seismic events that have since been affecting a large portion of Central Italy, particularly in the Apennine mountain area.

On May 7 and 8, a delegation from the American University of Rome visited Seeds&Chips: The Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan. Seeds&Chips is dedicated to showcasing national and international talent and cutting-edge solutions from around the world to the problems of the Food System.

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?”