1st Edition

The Landscapes of Italian Food Local Development and Healthy Practices

By Gregory Smith, Gilda Berruti Copyright 2023
    144 Pages
    by Routledge

    144 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines contemporary food systems in Italy, paying particular attention to the landscape, innovative local practices and local cultural history. It illustrates the utility of the value chain concept in navigating the complexities of comparative advantage in an advanced market setting.

    It establishes the connection between the landscape and individual food practices, and how they have responded to the commodification of the agri-food system, maintaining a distinctive local character while ensuring development and a healthy diet. It explores how community gardens are now a consolidated part of Italian urban experience, as well as the multiple policy frameworks which govern these activities. The book then explores a wider range of food procurement channels, from food cooperatives to buying groups and institutional partnerships, including the strategies employed by large retail groups to respond to the growing environmental sensitivity of their customers. Multifunctional implications of antimafia activities involving social agriculture are also explored. Finally, the book ends with a survey of European and domestic Italian policies aiming to protect and promote healthy food practices while preserving the integrity of the landscape.

    This is fascinating reading for anyone interested in quality food and the territory, as well as academic readers from such disparate disciplines as sociology, urban studies, anthropology and Italian studies.

    1. Introduction

    2. Notes on Italy’s Edible Landscapes: Paesaggi Pini Pinoli

    3. Urban Horticulture

    4. The Landscapes of Antimafia Farms

    5. Alternative Value Chains

    6. Public Administration and Innovative Value Chain Management


    Gregory Smith is affiliated with various academic institutions in Italy. His interests include Italian rural communities and marginal peripheral urban environments. He has published on farming communities in central Italy and on public space in Rome.

    Gilda Berruti is an architect and Associate Professor of urban planning at the Department of Architecture, Federico II University of Naples, Italy. Her research interests include the social construction of urban policies and plans, the sustainable city as an aspect of the new urban question and the relationship between planning rules and urban informalities.