Local or Global, Healthy Or Trashy, The Food Is The Protagonist (Even In The Books)
“We eat much worse than to partake of our great-grandparents 100 years ago. No we eat much better: a diet rich and without shortages of animal protein. The table is enriched compared to the past. On the contrary: the table is impoverished compared to the last few decades. There is more awareness of the food, thanks to movements of gastronomic-cultural as Slow food, as the solidarity purchasing groups. And then there are the foodies – alone or in associations – that for the lovers of typical products like to make themselves aware of what they eat. There is less awareness of the food, because we buy everything ready, we don’t even know to distinguish cuts of meat, varieties of fish and we are satisfied of what we find packaged at the supermarket”.
As says the German journalist Michael Braun, in Italy for years, the food and of the world in which we conceive of the act of eating you can say everything and the contrary of everything. And, moreover, it is all true, because there are thousands of nuances and facets, a thousand points of view which you can analyze it.
this it would be never to discuss it, especially in Italy, since the italians, in addition to eat, especially “like to talk about food”, in the words of Elena Kostioukovitch, another great observer of the Country.
Own Braun is one of the names that have contributed to organize “Lector on the Table”, the pre-event, Lector in Fabula, with appointment in Conversano in Puglia, from 14 to 17 September.
As an appetizer, Lector at the Table in anticipation and in version gastronomic meetings settembrini social, political, or cultural. The theme chosen for this thirteenth edition is “The Revolution” and so you propose as a revolutionary meetings in the squares and corners of the village pre-roman settlement of the Murgia.
“The food represents our history, memory, and what we are today. A continuous exchange of ideas, – says the scientific director of the Festival, Filippo Giannuzzi – and the interweaving of different cultures, an overlapping of production systems, and experiments, “revolutions” in the literal sense of the word.”
In addition, it also raises the issue of responsibility: “Just think of the paradox of how much food is produced in the world and how many people will be denied access. Conflicts, inequalities, social imbalances, marginalization, and political will, only some of the factors at the basis of everything”. And again: “What we put on our plates and where it ends what remains? Hunger and food waste are two sides of the same coin”.
From the problems at the global level you can switch in a moment to those of the individual. Is spontaneous to wonder who manufactures, converts, distributes, cook what each of us eats? Not only must we be satisfied, of course. We want – and we have a right to – food, good-quality, nutritious, healthy.
Here, then, talk becomes the place to reflect and discuss with others in meetings about local food and global food, titled “Stories from another world”, where they will be told of five ways of life and mean the same thing, thanks to witnesses that demonstrate how food is a universal language: the journalists sixtine bouygues european Dioma (Burkina Faso), Rossend Doménech (Spain), Ahmad Ejaz (Pakistan), Hu Lanbo (China), William Ward (UK).
Space to the gastro-geopolitics with Stefano Liberti, author of the book “the Lords of The Food” (Minimumfax) and Thierry Vissol. And then, to talk of Food as a culture of hospitality, with Piero Bevilacqua and Annamaria Minunno. (here is the full program).
So Puglia became for three days the centre of reflection of our relationship with our eating, in the practice of our identity on the basis of the food we eat and the need to ask ourselves some questions, starting from everyday experiences. With the wonderful opportunity to taste a bit of products, from figs to cherries, from cheeses to salami, from the bread to the oil, the basket of puglia.