The wandering gypsy/journalist within me salivated with delight when an announcement for the Gustolab International Institute’s (GLI) Critical Studies on Food in Italy Summer Program popped up on the Comfood Listserv, an email discussion list geared toward a community of teachers, activists, and food security enthusiasts. GLI, the first Italian center dedicated to short and long-term food study, was calling on applicants, degree seeking or not, to study food, media, communication and trends, nutrition, and culture.
Since making the award-winning documentary film Vanishing of the Bees, I have been studying the food supply within the context of different countries and cultures. As I report on how chemicals and additives affect bees and beings worldwide, I also explore the impact of big food corporations on the rubric of food cultures. GLI’s 5-week immersion program, headquartered in Rome, offered a once-in-lifetime opportunity to combine 3,000 years of culture with a rich learning opportunity. Bellisimo! Continue Reading