Ilena Maran

Cascina Bosco Fornasara

With a degree in cultural anthropology, Ilena chose to become a farmer together with her husband, taking root in a territory and caring for it with love just like the native populations of her studies. In the interview, Ilena tells her story, the reasons of her choices, plant and animal life in the farm fields and a project of regenerative agriculture that is networking and involving a growing number of people. Another way of farming is possible and it is exciting to see the environment relive, tell the change in progress and exchange experiences and knowledge with other farmers who have taken the same path. Collaboration with many researchers is also a constant opportunity for learning.

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Rice stories

Rice stories

Food is a fundamental resource for man and his health, both through the supply of nutrients and the ability to embody traits of human culture that play a leading role in our well-being.

Over time, each territory has built original ways in which to relate to the fruits of its land, enriching them with rituals, symbolic meanings and culinary customs. Much of these relationships have been lost following the years of the economic boom, with the exodus from the countryside to urban centers, with the advent of agriculture for mass production and ultimately with the globalization of markets and the consequent impoverishment of the heritage of biodiversity and ethnodiversity.

The purpose of this archive is to collect evidence relating to the main rice production area in Europe, that is the Po Valley, and to investigate, through the analysis of textual sources and testimonies collected in the field, both what survives of this heritage, and the ways in which which has evolved and reached us, paying particular attention to the explicit and implicit links that bind food and health.

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