A new initiative aimed at supporting young farmers in Italy and fostering generational change has been launched by the Italian Institute of Services for the Agricultural and Food Market (Ismea). The “Land Generation” initiative will fund state land loans for experienced farmers under 41. The loans will help farmers purchase land worth €1,5 million...

Italy is Europe’s largest rice producer, and Piedmont is the continent’s largest growing region with 1.6 million tons per year, accounting for 52% of the Italian total production (source: Agrifood). In the plains of Vercelli, Novara, and Alessandria, fine and traditional varieties are grown, namely Carnaroli, Sant’Andrea, Arborio, Baldo, Balilla, V...

On a sunny winter morning, the dog trainer Mario Fortebraccio slowly bends toward a line of potted olive trees and indicates it with his hand. Waiting for that signal, Paco, a three-year-old white Labrador, rushes through the row of plants with his head tilted, sniffing each pot at the root, the rhythm of his inhaling echoing through the greenhouse...

ENEA researchers have developed a method to identify pure extra virgin olive oil through the traceability of the geographical origin of the olives based on the content of elements. The outcomes of the study were published in the open source journal ‘foods’. The study was conducted on thirty-seven samples of olives and leaves from eleven species of...

Every summer, in preparation for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Hasidic rabbis from all over the world travel to the northern part of Italy's Calabria region to handpick the best citron fruits for their lulav, the bundle of four plants used to bless the small, temporary huts built every autumn by Jews to celebrate the holiday. For about two weeks, t...

CALABRIA, THE SOUTHERNMOST REGION OF the Italian peninsula, is the birthplace of some of the world’s most well-known myths, such as the terrifying tale of Scylla and Charybdis immortalized in the Odyssey. Yet one local curiosity remains in obscurity. Wander through the gardens of Calabrian churches or abandoned farmland in late autumn or early wint...

Starlight, a company within the NextEnergy Group focused on renewable asset development globally, iinitiated an innovative agri-eco-voltaics project in Italy called Land of the Sun. Agri-eco-voltaics is the process of combining solar photovoltaic systems with modern day, sustainable agriculture and territorial requalification. It has the potential...

There is a wide variety of canned tomatoes available to us at the grocery store. Some are diced, others pureed, while whole peeled tomatoes remain a favorite among chefs and home cooks. Both San Marzano and Roma tomatoes are among the most common types used for canning. So what is the difference between these two tomatoes? Well, the first thing to...

Generally, a vertical farm is a building that houses an entire agri-food chain: production, transformation, sale and human consumption. However, in most cases, vertical farms are defined as buildings that only accommodate production and transformation, which follow the principles of mass production lines: the aim of the structures, in fact, is to p...

Sicily is a land of flavors, myths, legends and stories, of folk beliefs and sayings that tell an anecdote or reveal the intrinsic character of its inhabitants. From this millenary culture come sweets and first courses, fragrances and flavors that still remain known and hidden treasures, testimony to the worlds and thousand faces of Sicily. Fruits...