The Italian Food Industry: From Farm to Table

Florence University of the Arts - The American University of Florence

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Italian Food Industry: From Farm to Table

  • Host University

    Florence University of the Arts - The American University of Florence

  • Location

    Florence, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Culinary Arts, Environmental Sustainability

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Considering the renewed global interest in local sourcing and the growth of Km0 practices, the study of sustainable food systems is an essential component in the education of an ethically-minded food industry learner. The course takes cue from the Italian example based on regionality and the table as an expression of local territories, and how these factors have influenced the national food industry. It analyzes the industry and the production of food (fish, meat, dairy, fruit, vegetables, and grains) and focuses on packaging, traceability (labels), and distribution while exploring the social aspect of the food supply chain. Sustainability principles will be analyzed, as well as case studies in Italian food and beverage service and retailing. A strong focus is placed on seasonality, food policies, and food education. The course objective is to provide students with a solid conceptual framework in order to analyze the Italian food industry and the food production system from a sustainable perspective. Through the understanding of the broader concept of sustainability, students will be able to explore the social, economic, and environmental implications of food production and consumption and to identify the global threats in terms of public health. Students will develop critical skills by analyzing sustainability as active citizens, consumers, and entrepreneurs. The analysis and rethinking of economic, social, and agricultural alternatives in the current food production system will also be developed. Lectures will be complemented by visits, food tours, tastings, and cooking labs. This course is also offered as a seminar for 1 credit. The regular semester class will introduce the student to the subject and focus on the area of study, while the seminar will focus on the specialized area of study.

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