Extra virgin olive oil labeling legislation: what to write on the label?


The labeling of extra virgin olive oil follows a very serious and precise legislation which no olive oil producer can escape, in order not to risk a serious penalty both as a penalty and as sales.

We carefully study the legislation on the labeling of extra virgin olive oil to understand how not to fall into error with our precious natural oil.

The labeling on the bottles of extra virgin olive oil was imposed by the laws to ensure the consumer about the origin, processing and everything he has the right to know about the food he consumes.

More and more attention is given to food labeling, so much so that the European Union has dedicated numerous meetings to improving information activities for more informed consumption.

First of all, it is essential to know how much oil a package sold to the final consumer can contain.

A package of oil, whether in a bottle or barrel, cannot exceed 5 liters of olive oil content for retail and 25 liters for sale for catering businesses, canteens, hospitals, etc.

The olive oil cannot in any case be sold in bulk, the package must always contain the anti-topping cap and a closure system that maintains its integrity after the first opening.

Once our good extra virgin olive oil has been produced and packaged, let's see what needs to be indicated step by step on the label of each bottle.

Sales denomination

In addition to the name of the oil, it is important to indicate precisely what type of oil it is.

Five types are recognized:

  • extra virgin olive oil;
  • virgin olive oil;
  • olive oil composed of mixed olive oils between refined and virgin;
  • olive pomace oil.

Place of origin

In the place of origin, both the country where the olives are produced and that of the mill where they are subjected to the olive milling process must be indicated.

You can indicate both precisely the nation and, in the case of olives harvested and processed within the European Union, simply "European Union".

The place of origin must be indicated in the case of virgin or extra virgin olive oils; in the other two cases (pomace oil and mixed oil) it is forbidden to provide this indication.

More detailed specifications about the regions or provinces of harvest or production are prohibited.

Category of oil

In addition to the name, the law requires that the category of oil be shown on the label, specified as follows:

  • for extra virgin olive oil: "Superior category olive oil obtained directly from olives and solely by mechanical means“;
  • for virgin olive oil: "olive oil obtained directly from olives and solely by means of procedures
    mechanical“;
  • for olive oil consisting of a mix of refined oil and virgin oil: "oil containing exclusively olive oils that have undergone a refining process and oils obtained directly from olives“;
  • for the olive pomace oil: "oil containing exclusively oils derived from the processing of the product obtained
    after the extraction of olive oil and oils obtained directly from olives“.

Net quantity

The net quantity of oil contained in the package can be indicated in liters, centiliters or milliliters and have a minimum height compared to the nominal quantity reported in the bottle.

The minimum height is established by law in these terms:

  • nominal quantity: 50 ml - minimum height 2 mm;
  • nominal quantity: from 50 to 200 ml - minimum height 3 mm;
  • nominal quantity: from 200 to 1000 ml - minimum height 4 mm;
  • nominal quantity: over 1000 ml - minimum height 6 mm.

Minimum term of conservation

Contrary to popular belief, the minimum storage term does not correspond to the expiration date: it indicates the date after which the oil loses its original organoleptic characteristics.

The date is preceded by expressions such as "consume preferably by ..." followed by the date or the indication "check on the cap of the package".

Conservation conditions

In order for the product to maintain its characteristics until the minimum shelf life, the label must also contain guidelines on the best storage methods.

The most classic indicates to keep the product away from light and heat; often the maximum temperature degrees in which it is best to store the oil can also be indicated.

Name and address of the distributor of the product

The commercial manager of the product must be indicated with full name, company name and address.

This is essential in order to be able to communicate about the product in case of damage, problems relating to the product received or other essential information to be given on the oil purchased.

Lot number

The indication of the lot is important to identify the oil production unit, so as to be able to trace all the bottles contained in the same sales lot in case of need.

The number is preceded by the letter "L". The batch can also be omitted if the storage date is expressed with a date on the label itself.

Nutritional declaration

As in all foods on the market, the nutritional declaration must include an indication of the energy value and the amount of carbohydrates, fats, salt, proteins, fibers and mineral salts.

The nutrition declaration is mandatory, except in the case of free samples offered in small quantities or to local retail establishments that supply directly to the final consumer.

Vintage

The indication of the vintage is mandatory only for extra virgin olive oil or for virgin olive oil only if 100% of the harvest comes from the same harvesting campaign, so it is part of the same vintage.


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News La Forza del Territorio of 16 March 2018

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#STOPCIBOFALSE AGAINST DECEPTIONS AT THE TABLE

According to the regional Coldiretti, the turnover of the fake made in Emilia Romagna only in the agri-food sector has exceeded 8 billion euros and the fight against "fake" food on the plate is now a priority area of ​​intervention to recover economic resources useful to the country and to generate employment

Counterfeiting and falsification of typical Emilia Romagna food products cost our region about thirty thousand jobs. This is what emerged on the occasion of the exhibition of fake products around the world that imitate the dishes and foods of Emilia Romagna cuisine, created by Coldiretti Emilia Romagna in Piazza XX Settembre in Bologna to launch popular mobilization with the collection of signatures in support of #stopcibofalso petition to ask the European Union to make the indication of origin of foods mandatory.

According to the regional Coldiretti, the turnover of fake made in Emilia Romagna in the agri-food sector alone has exceeded 8 billion euros (60 billion for the national agri-food sector) and the fight against "fake" food on the plate is now a priority area to recover economic resources useful to the country and to generate employment.

For the quality and fame of its products - states Coldiretti regional - the food and wine of Emilia Romagna is a land of looting for food pirates, as evidenced by the exhibition in Piazza XX Settembre where products such as "Bolognese sauce" stood out (without ragù) produced in Estonia, the absurd "Sicilian mortadela" produced in Romania, the elusive "Parmesan cheese crystal farms - aged 100% natural grated" produced in the United States, the imaginative "Parma salami Genova" produced in Mexico or the "Grana Pampeano ”from Argentina.

If no Italian would dream of buying such absurd products - comments Coldiretti - this is not the case for foreign consumers who are attracted by the image of Italianness connected to them, thus providing manufacturing companies with a competitive advantage because they wrongly associate the image with their products. of made in Italy appreciated by foreign consumers, despite the fact that the product they buy has no connection with the Italian production system, competing unfairly with domestic producers committed to guaranteeing high quality standards.

Potentially regional agri-food exports could more than double because in 2016 - notes Coldiretti on the basis of the data of the agri-food report of the Region and Unioncamere - Emilia Romagna exported 5,936 million euros (+ 2.5% on 2015) and the trade balance liabilities of 20 million euros is the lowest in the last twenty years (it was 491 million euros in 1999). Parmesan and processed meats (sausages) which are the most imitated - Coldiretti Emilia Romagna remembers - are also those with the highest numbers in exports after fruit and vegetables: Emilia Romagna, in fact, in 2013 exported 642 million prepared meats and 707 million dairy products in which cheeses take the lion's share (Parmigiano, Provolone, Grana Padano).

However, counterfeiting does not only concern products imitated abroad, but also those sold on national soil: two out of three hams sold today in Italy come from pigs reared abroad, without this being clearly highlighted on the label, where it is not yet it is mandatory to indicate the origin. A problem that affects all cured meats, processed fruit (jams, preserves), salad in bags, bread, preserved mushrooms that often come from China, a country at the top of the world for food alarms.

"We must fight the global deception that causes economic and image damage to our productions - said the president of Coldiretti Emilia Romagna, Mauro Tonello - for this reason it is necessary to clarify at a national and European level where it is necessary to extend the obligation to indicate the origin of food products on the label ".

“The collection of signatures addressed to the President of the European Parliament - said the regional director of Coldiretti, Marco Allaria Olivieri - is promoted by Coldiretti and the Campagna Amica Foundation in all farmers markets. Here in Emilia Romagna, the harvest will continue until the end of April in all the markets, shops and farmhouses of Campagna Amica. The goal is to combat imitations and products passed off as Italians that are not Italians and that every year steal resources and jobs, damaging our economy ".

From the territory

LOMBARDY, EXPORT: HISTORIC RECORD LOMBARD FOOD AT 7 BILLION

It is an historic record for Lombard agri-food exports to the world, which in 2017 reached 7 billion euros, with an increase of 16% compared to the previous year. This is what emerges from an analysis of the regional Coldiretti on Istat data relating to foreign trade in 2017. Over two thirds of exports (70%) - underlines Coldiretti - concern the countries of Europe, with an increase of 8, 3% compared to 2016, but Lombardy's agri-food industry is growing especially in Asia (+ 72%), where Japan's boom is recorded, which went from 313 million euros in 2016 to over 700 million last year, with an increase by 124%, and where China imported 70 million euros of Lombard agri-food products in 2017 against 58 million in the previous twelve months (+ 20.7%). Overall, exports to Asia represent 17% of the total exports of Made in Lombardy food to the world.

Despite the embargo still in force, exports to Russia increase: 96 million euros in 2017 (+ 43%). In Europe there was also a positive sign for Lombard food products in France with 881 million euros (+ 7%), Germany with 700 million euros (+ 5%) and Great Britain with 525 million euros (+ 2%). In the United States, still without duties, exports reached 538 million euros (+ 13%). Central and South America also grew with 90 million euros (+ 11%).

"Exports continue to represent a fundamental card for engaging the recovery, which is why we must avert trade wars that risk causing a dangerous avalanche effect on the Italian economy and international relations - explains Ettore Prandini, President of Coldiretti Lombardia -. The time has also come, after 4 years of embargo, to lift the sanctions on Russia, because it is true that in 2017 there was a growth in the export of Lombard food to Moscow, but well below what could be be the potential of that market for Made in Italy ".

PIEDMONT, RICE: EU INQUIRY TO STOP IMPORTS AT DUTY OR FROM ASIA

The EU procedure is launched to stop the import of rice at zero duty from Asian countries EBA ("Everything but arms") which in the last year have halved the prices recognized to Italian farmers to unsustainable levels. This was announced by Coldiretti in underlining that the notice of initiation of a safeguard investigation relating to imports of rice originating from Cambodia and Burma was published in the Official Journal of the European Union C 100/30 of 16 March from where, in last year, 22.5 million kilos arrived in Italy.

"An important and urgent step, urged by our Organization, to counter the invasion of rice from countries such as Cambodia and Burma and also harvested on the fields of the Rohingya minority forced to flee due to violent repression - underlines Paolo Dellarole, president of Coldiretti Vercelli and Biella with delegation to the rice sector - In the last year, imports have tripled and the prices recognized to Italian farmers have recorded substantial decreases for the main varieties of rice ranging from -58% for Arborio to - 57% for Carnaroli, from -41% for Rome to -37% for Vialone Nano. An unsustainable situation for the entire rice-growing of Piedmont, the Italian region with the largest production levels having 117,000 hectares, 8 million quintals of production and nearly 1,900 farms. Furthermore, it is essential to have a concrete traceability - concludes Dellarole - of the rice because, unfortunately, foreign rice is also passed off as Made in Italy which in Italy is exclusively processed and then exported, thus increasing the Italian export data ".

"It is not acceptable for the European Union to continue to favor imports, exploitation and the violation of human rights amid general indifference - say Roberto Cabiale, vice president of Coldiretti Piedmont and Bruno Rivarossa Confederal Delegate - it is instead necessary that all products that enter within national and European borders respect the same criteria to protect the dignity of workers, ensuring that behind the food, Italian and foreign, for sale on the shelves there is a quality path to protect the environment and health. We therefore hope that the investigation will be closed in a short time - Cabiale and Rivarossa conclude - and the safeguard clause will be activated to concretely address a crisis that has already compromised the future of thousands of rice growers for too long ".

The procedure launched by the European Commission provides for an investigation, open to the observations of all interested parties, with a maximum duration of 12 months at the end of which, if the "serious difficulties" with the "deterioration of economic and financial conditions" in terms of employment or income, etc. the Commission can propose an implementing act which, after the agreement of the member states, must also have the go-ahead from Parliament and the Council. Safeguard measures cannot last more than three years even if an extension is possible.

TUSCANY, TUSCAN AGRI-FOOD BETWEEN PUTIN AND TRUMP

Eventually Trump gave the green light to the trade war by raising tariffs by 25% for steel and 10% for aluminum, raising European concerns. Tension is also rising in the agricultural world because trade wars are never limited and spread easily and the United States absorbs over 27% of Tuscan agri-food exports, primarily wine.

It is for this reason that Coldiretti underlines how, after almost 4 years, the changes in the international framework require a timely rethinking of the economic sanctions decided against Russia by the European Union due to expire next June.

The European sanctions at the time triggered the reprisal of Russia which responded with the total embargo for an important list of agri-food products with the ban on the entry of fruit and vegetables, cheeses, meat and cold cuts but also fish, coming from the EU , USA, Canada, Norway and Australia with a decree of August 2014, renewed several times. The result was that Italian shipments to Russia were completely eliminated for these agri-food products.The embargo produced a 35% drop in exports of our Made in Tuscany, going from 23 million to 15 million. A blockade that has cost dearly also because the prohibition of access to these products - specifies Coldiretti - has been added to the commercial tensions that have actually hindered exports even for products not directly affected. The direct losses suffered by the lack of Italian exports to Russia - continues Coldiretti - are then added to the indirect losses due to the damage to image and to the market caused by the spread on the Russian market of imitation products that have nothing to do with Made in Italy. .

"As often happens, war and its consequences sow destruction, hatred and death and kill the good trade and make the bad one proliferate: the risk is that for the Made in Italy agri-food export in Putin's country we can reach a point of no return with the definitive loss of commercial spaces after years of intense growth. - analyzes Antonio De Concilio, Director of Coldiretti Toscana - Once the space on the shelves is lost it will be difficult to recover it, even if the political tensions will be overcome and the embargo I hope soon eliminated, because commercial relations are consolidated and Russian consumers could make patriotic choices by eliminating Made in Italy from their tables. A dynamic that our country, citizens and businesses cannot bear and accept ”.

"After Trump's decisions on steel, a dangerous battleground opens up - says Tulio Marcelli, president of Coldiretti Tuscany - that risks extending to agri-food in a period in which Made in Tuscany has concluded a brilliant 2017 for exports in the world at around 2.4 billion euros. The USA - continues Marcelli - are in first place with 27% followed by Germany (15%) and France (9%). Wine appears to be the most popular product by the Americans, ahead of oil, cheese and pasta. One in four bottles of wine that flies overseas is Tuscan ”.

CAMPANIA, SIRENA D'ORO SORRENTO EVO OIL: GUESTS OF HONOR JAPANESE PRODUCTIONS

Almost 220 participating companies from all regions of Italy, 96 registered DOP oils, 27 Igp and 95 Bio, 27 DOP areas present in the competition and 4 Igp. These are some of the numbers of the sixteenth edition of the Sirena d'Oro di Sorrento, the national award reserved for extra virgin olive oils with Protected Designation of Origin, Protected Geographical Indication and organic farming of Italian production, promoted by the Municipality of Sorrento, in collaboration with Coldiretti Campania, and the participation of the Oleum, Gal Terra Protetta, Aprol Campania, Unaprol and Federdop Olio associations.

In the next few days the panel of tasters, led by Nicola Di Noia (national oil manager for Coldiretti), will meet in Sorrento to decree the winners of the various categories of the award, in addition to the special ones that will be awarded to a Tuscan IGP oil, whose protection consortium celebrates twenty years of activity, one from Campania and another produced in Japan. The Land of the Rising Sun, one of the most interesting markets for quality productions, is in fact the guest of honor of this 2018 edition of the Golden Siren which for the first time opens up to international comparison. Thanks to the twinning with the city of Kumano and the ancient and strong ties between the two communities, Sorrento has in fact decided to invite Japanese producers to participate in the competition.

Sixteen companies that responded to the appeal by sending their extra virgin olive oils. The main productions come from the prefecture of Kagawa where, thanks to the mild climate, olive trees have been grown for almost a century: almost all of Japanese oil comes from here. Furthermore, in the metropolitan area of ​​Miyazu, north of Kyoto, the cultivation of various cultivars has also been started for some years, including some Italian ones. To further testify Japan's interest in oil culture, will be the presence in Sorrento of the minister advisor of the Embassy of Japan in Italy, Toro Hisazione, representing Ambassador Keiichi Katakami, a representative of the Italy Japan Foundation chaired by Umberto Vattani, the director of Clair, the Center Japonais des Collectivités locales in Paris, Jun Hajiro, the delegate of the governor of Kagawa, Keizo Hamada, Shinji Kokubu, accompanied by the director of the Shozu Olive Research Institute, Takeyasu Kubota, and finally a delegation of the city ​​of Miyazu, led by Mayor Shoji Inoue, who will visit the city of Tasso in the days following the Golden Siren, accompanied by the oil expert, Vincenzo Andreacchio, former vice president of the Italy Japan association.

During these hours, Giorgio Starace, ambassador of Italy to Japan, Luigi Diodati, consul general in Osaka, and Stefano Fossati, director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Osaka, offered their collaboration to present the activities of the Golden Siren in Japan.

The winners of the sixteenth edition will be announced during a press conference to be held in the Chamber of Deputies, in Rome, on March 27th, while from April 6th to 8th Sorrento will host, in addition to the award ceremony, a calendar of events on the themes of agri-food and the territory, promoted in conjunction with two important events: the National Year of Italian Food and the Unesco recognition for the art of Neapolitan pizza makers.

GROSSETO, YOUNG ENTERPRISES: REGISTRATIONS OPEN FROM MARCH 9 FOR THE START UP AWARD

With young agricultural entrepreneurs who increased by 6% in 2017 comes the innovation award dedicated to young start-ups in the Italian countryside. This was announced by Coldiretti on the occasion of the start of the presentation of applications for the new competition that aims to enhance the young Italian entrepreneurial realities of the agricultural and food sector, which have been able to emerge among others thanks to an innovative business model and sustainable. According to recent INPS data of the 23,300 Tuscan farms run autonomously with agricultural entrepreneurs or direct farmers as many as 3,850 have an owner under 40 so we are at 16.5%.

"The award puts the spotlight on the ability to use innovation to give prestige to local traditions and products, as well as the role of the entrepreneur for the protection and enrichment of the territory, and of the entities that support their work, - says Marco Bruni, president of Coldiretti Grosseto - food, agriculture and innovation, but not only. The agri-food world has many facets and branches, which touch and connect with many other sectors, from design to tourism ”.

Six competition categories. The first, "Impresa3.Terra", will reward the projects of those young agri-food companies that have created an exemplary business culture, managing to channel creativity, originality and great design skills for the development and growth of Italian agriculture, combining tradition and innovation. The “Campagna Amica” category will enhance typical Italian products on a local, national and global scale, responding to the needs of consumers in terms of food safety, quality and environmental protection. Environmental "sustainability" is the watchword of those projects that promote a sustainable development model, minimizing the production of waste, saving energy and materials through processes that protect the environment. “Fare Rete” examines those models of businesses, cooperatives, agricultural consortia, agricultural companies and start-ups, capable of creating synergistic networks capable of maximizing the advantages of agri-food companies and the final consumer. These are projects promoted in the context of varied partnerships, which combine agriculture and technology as well as traditional craftsmanship and the digital world, reaching as far as the areas of tourism, design and academic research. “Noi per il sociale” promotes those projects aimed at responding to the needs of the individual and the community, thanks to the ability to transform innovative ideas into services and products intended to satisfy general needs and at the same time create economic and social value. Public Bodies, Cooperatives and Consortia capable of creating synergy with agricultural realities for social purposes can participate. Only for this category, age is not binding. Finally, "Creativity" focuses attention on the originality of the idea, product and method.

"Registrations are open from 9 March until 15 April 2018 and can be submitted through the website http://giovanimpresa.coldiretti.it - ​​says the director of Coldiretti Grosseto, Paolo Giannini - but all the territorial structures of our organization are available for those young people who intend to participate in the challenge. This award is not just a competition but the story of a sector that in recent years has been able to reinterpret itself, also relying on the innovative capacity of a new generation of agricultural entrepreneurs ".

MANTOVA, WINE: QUESTIONS FOR NEW PLANTS IN THE VINEYARDS ARE STARTED

With 241 hectares of vineyards required, the province of Mantua is the second reality behind Brescia for requests for authorizations for the planting of new vineyards. With 100 applications forwarded to the Sian (National Agricultural Information System), Mantuan winemakers represented 14.7% of the regional total. More than one in two companies has aimed to grow. "A positive sign, which is reflected in the qualitative growth of Mantuan productions and in the birth of new wine-making companies in the area, also led by women, which in 2017 rose to 48 out of 174 total", says Paolo Carra, president of Coldiretti Mantua.

From last March 13 and for the following 30 days it is possible to request new authorizations for the plant, by contacting the CAA of Coldiretti Mantua. The prices of vineyard land, in the province of Mantua, fluctuate around 70,000 euros per hectare for the Oltrepò area, up to almost 90,000 for the Morainic Hills.

Last year authorizations were granted for just over 40 hectares throughout the provincial territory - Coldiretti Mantova estimates - divided equally into the two areas most suited to wine production: the Basso Mantua, the area of ​​choice for Lambrusco, and the Alto Mantua, where the wines of the Alto Mincio and the Morainic Hills excel.

According to the regulatory criteria, authorizations will be assigned to the plant for areas equal to 1% of the entire regional vineyard area. With the ministerial decree 935 of 13 February 2018, a maximum limit per application of 50 hectares will be applied. However, the Regions may apply a maximum limit for lower demand.

From 2018, in the event that the admissible requests exceed the available area (6,685 national hectares for 2018, divided at regional level), each Region can guarantee the issuance of authorizations up to an area between 0.1 and 0.5 ha. to all applicants.

Authorizations are issued on the basis of a ranking for each Region, until the number of hectares to be assigned is exhausted, based on priority criteria. The Regions can also not apply any priority criteria and assign the authorizations with the pro-rata criterion among the applicants.

The ministerial decree n. 527 of 30 January 2018 already provided for some constraints, such as the obligation to maintain the vineyard planted for at least five years, the grubbing up of the vineyards planted with new planting authorizations, before the expiry of five years from the date of planting, does not give rise to replanting authorizations. For information, please contact Gianni Rondelli: 0376/375380, e-mail: [email protected]

NOVARA-VCO, NO TO INCREASE VAT RATES THAT WOULD HAVE AFFECTED AGRI-FOOD

No to an increase in VAT that would affect the agri-food sector that is born and identifies our territory. Coldiretti Novara Vco takes a strong stand against a measure that would also affect basic necessities, including rice and, subsequently, meat, fish, yogurt, eggs, honey and sugar with a rate of 10% and wine and beer with a rate to 22%.

The interprovincial Coldiretti emphasizes this in reference to the need to insert, as of the next Economic and Finance Document (Def), rules for the sterilization of the VAT safeguard clauses in a situation in which, according to the Bank of Italy, almost one in four people in Italy is poverty risk.

"The food sector, crucial for supporting the economic recovery of our country, would be severely hit by the increase in tax rates," said Sara Baudo, head of the agricultural organization in the area. “Furthermore, the symbolic products of Made in Piedmont would be affected, including rice, meat, eggs, honey”. In the north-west area, the average monthly food expenditure is higher than in the other areas of the peninsula and is close to 2800 euros in Piedmont it is about 2600 euros of which 20% is for food and non-alcoholic drinks, exceeded only by spending for the home which reaches 32%.

"The trend in food consumption also confirms a growing attention on the part of consumers to a healthier and more correct diet" concludes Baudo. "The risk is that the increase in VAT could stop this trend, slowing down the regional economic trend overall".

CALABRIA, ENROLLMENTS FOR THE INNOVATION AWARD FOR UNDER 35 ARE STARTED

In recent years, Calabrian companies led by under 35s have had a lot of satisfaction from the "Innovation Award" of Coldiretti Giovani Imprese, the initiative for young start-ups in the countryside. The competition aims to enhance the Italian entrepreneurial realities under 35 in the agricultural and agri-food sector, capable of bringing out an innovative and sustainable business model that offers young people the opportunity to create work and tell a sector that in recent years has been able to reinterpret itself by also relying to the innovative capacity of a new generation of agricultural entrepreneurs.

"We want - adds the regional president Molinaro - to continue to find companies everywhere to offer them a stage of great level". Six categories of competition: 1) "Impresa3.Terra" will reward projects exemplary business culture 2) "Campagna Amica" will enhance typical Italian products 3) Environmental "sustainability" is the watchword of projects that promote a sustainable development model 4) "Networking" will examine synergistic networks capable of maximizing the advantages of agri-food companies and the final consumer 5) "We for the social" responds to the needs of the individual and the community (entities public, age is not binding for this category only) 6) “Creativity”, finally, focuses attention on the originality of the idea, product and method. Registration is open until April 15th and can be submitted through the website http://giovanimpresa.coldiretti.it. For information on the competition and categories, you can call or go to the Coldiretti offices throughout the region, write to [email protected] or call 0961-775233.

ASTI, YOUNG ENTERPRISES: REGISTRATION FOR THE COMPETITION THAT REWARDS INNOVATION

With young agricultural entrepreneurs who increased by 6% in 2017, comes the innovation award dedicated to young start-ups in the Italian countryside. In fact, registrations are open for the new competition that aims to enhance young Italian entrepreneurial realities in the agricultural and food sector, which have been able to emerge among others thanks to an innovative and sustainable business model. Italy with 55,121 Italian agricultural enterprises run by under 35s is at the top in Europe in the number of young people in agriculture.

"The award - explains Danilo Merlo, Young Impresa Coldiretti Asti delegate - shines the spotlight on the ability to use innovation to give prestige to local traditions and products. Across Piedmont, companies under 40 have increased by 30% compared to last year: a figure that denotes how agriculture knows how to give prospects for the future and is able to offer various opportunities that also link up with other areas ".

"This award - specifies Roberto Cabiale, president of Coldiretti Asti - is not just a competition but the story of a sector that in recent years has been able to reinterpret itself, also relying on the innovative capacity of a new generation of agricultural entrepreneurs".

"Our Organization - notes Antonio Ciotta, Director of Coldiretti Asti - is strongly focusing on young people, fundamental for the renewal of our agriculture, through whom the agricultural heritage" Made in Asti "is implemented, innovated and exported".

Six categories in competition: Firm 3. Land will reward the projects of those young agri-food companies that have created an exemplary business culture, managing to channel creativity, originality and great design skills for the development and growth of Italian agriculture, combining tradition and innovation. Friendly Campaign it will enhance typical Italian products on a local, national and global scale, responding to the needs of consumers in terms of food safety, quality and environmental protection.

Environmental sustainability is the watchword of those projects that promote a sustainable development model, minimizing the production of waste, saving energy and materials through processes that protect the environment. Network examines those models of companies, cooperatives, agricultural consortia, agricultural companies and start-ups, capable of creating synergistic networks capable of maximizing the advantages of agri-food companies and the final consumer. We for the social promotes those projects aimed at responding to the needs of the individual and the community, thanks to the ability to transform innovative ideas into services and products intended to satisfy general needs and at the same time create economic and social value. Creativity focuses attention on the originality of the idea, product and method. Registrations are open until April 15, 2018 and can be submitted through the website http://giovanimpresa.coldiretti.it.

UMBRIA, BOATS IN THE CITY AND ROAD ACCIDENTS: THE SIEGE CONTINUES

The increasingly frequent press reports that report road accidents caused by wild boars or their proximity to inhabited centers only confirm the escalation of a species that for years has also been destroying the work of many Umbrian agricultural businesses on a daily basis. This is what the regional Coldiretti affirms, reiterating that it is now a problem for the whole community, which involves not only the agricultural economy but also the safety of citizens.

In recent days, Coldiretti Umbria has returned to ask the Region for new interventions for the containment of wild boars, which destroy crops and jeopardize the safety of the territory.

Farmers - explains Coldiretti - continue to complain of critical issues that have persisted for too long, but they are also determined to guarantee agricultural development, producing excellent foods that make the sector a driving force for the regional economy.

The invasion of ungulates - underlines Coldiretti - causes millions of euros in damage in Umbria, therefore, becoming even more aware of the gravity of the situation, it is necessary to use all possible intervention tools, also overcoming any bureaucratic and management complication. In fact, it is essential - concludes Coldiretti - to govern the phenomenon to control it and secure the work of companies and the safety of all.

VERCELLI-BIELLA, INCREASE IN VAT RATES GOES AGAINST OUR AGRI-FOOD

No to an increase in VAT that would affect the agri-food sector that is born and identifies our territory. Coldiretti Vercelli-Biella takes a strong stand against a measure that would also affect basic necessities, including rice and, subsequently, meat, fish, yogurt, eggs, honey and sugar at a rate of 10% and wine and beer with rate at 22%.

The interprovincial Coldiretti emphasizes this in reference to the need to insert, as of the next Economic and Finance Document (Def), rules for the sterilization of the VAT safeguard clauses in a situation in which, according to the Bank of Italy, almost one in four people in Italy is poverty risk.

"The food sector, crucial for supporting the economic recovery of our country, would be severely hit by the increase in tax rates," said Paolo Dellarole, head of the agricultural organization in the area. “Furthermore, the symbolic products of Made in Piedmont would be affected, including rice, meat, eggs, honey”.

In the north-west area, the average monthly food expenditure is higher than in the other areas of the peninsula and is close to 2800 euros in Piedmont it is about 2600 euros of which 20% is for food and non-alcoholic drinks, exceeded only by spending for the home which reaches 32%.

"The trend in food consumption also confirms a growing attention on the part of consumers to a healthier and more correct diet" concludes Dellarole. "The risk is that the increase in VAT could stop this trend, slowing down the regional economic trend overall".

Appointments

PUGLIA, WORK: THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE 'UNDER THE PALACE' AGAINST BUROCRACY

Thousands of young people next Monday, 19 March 2018, starting at 15.00, will arrive from the 6 Apulian provinces in Bari and will gather in front of the building of the Agri-food Resources Department of the Puglia Region (Lungomare Nazario Sauro n.36) against the deaf bureaucracy that annihilates their dream of being able to invest and work in agriculture.

The young people will preside over the palace of power from start to finish, while the partnership meeting on the PSR Puglia 2014 - 2020 will be held, ready to go with suitcases and backpacks in hand, because they are forced to change Nation and profession, due to a bureaucratic machine that slows down or even eliminates investments and forces brain drain and the death of entrepreneurial initiatives and innovation.

The initiative is by Coldiretti Puglia to give future prospects to millennials, because there are too many "harassments" that a young person who wants to do business in agriculture is forced to suffer. Wait over two years to be able to transform your dream into an agricultural entrepreneurial activity, due to a bureaucracy that often compromises the fate of a young company, steals wealth from Puglia and Italy.

TREVISO: COLDIRETTI LAUNCHES BRAND HEMP: A SECTOR OF GREAT OPPORTUNITIES

The opening in Treviso of the first shop authorized to sell hemp legally is only the tip of the iceberg of a process that could also decline Treviso agriculture to the vocation to new crops that can give a satisfactory future in terms of profitability to our agricultural producers. An alternative crop that can also develop alternative products from cosmetics to human and animal nutrition, from textiles to green building.

For some time, Coldiretti Treviso has been investigating the opportunities that the new crops could guarantee to the primary sector of the Marca Trevigiana, from hazelnuts to pomegranates, from mulberry / silkworms to hemp. Next Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Hemp cultivation will be the title of a conference that will take place from 9.30 am at the Maggior Consiglio hotel in Treviso. Among the speakers also some pioneering producers in the Marca with the first hemp crops made in Treviso. In the province of Treviso, hemp cultivation covers about 18 hectares and currently involves a dozen agricultural entrepreneurs.

The conference will see the initial greetings of the president of Coldiretti Treviso, Walter Feltrin: "We import hemp-based products from numerous foreign countries, I am referring to green building and clothing to give only examples - underlines the president of Coldiretti Treviso - It is time to think about whether to take the opportunity to produce crops in our home that could give many satisfactions ". The conference will also be attended by: Prof. Angelo Frascarelli, Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences of the University of Perugia on Uses of hemp products and economic aspects Dr. Giampaolo Grassi, Senior researcher CREA-CIN Rovigo, Research Center for cereal growing and industrial crops, on Varietal Selection Guidelines Elia Barban, Agricultural Entrepreneur of Castelfranco Veneto, on Agronomic Techniques. Moderator dr. Antonio Maria Ciri - Director of Co / directed Treviso and Belluno.

When it comes to hemp, one immediately thinks of the narcotic substance, but few know that this plant, so versatile in many cases, can perfectly replace oil, for example as regards the production of fuels and plastics, as well as representing at the same time a ' ecological alternative to cotton for the production of textile fibers, a food resource not to be underestimated and a raw material suitable for the manufacture of paper and building materials. Hemp means, in fact, 1) seeds (free of Thc) as a surprisingly nutritious food, 2) hemp oil as a precious natural supplement, 3) hemp for the reclamation of soils contaminated by heavy metals through a process called " phytoremediation ", 4) the hemp plant is considered more productive than cotton as regards textile fibers, 5) hemp can be considered as an important substitute for wood in the building and carpentry sector 6) and then it is increasingly used in construction as a substitute for cement and bricks (green building), 7) the cellulose contained in the plant makes it possible to obtain degradable plastic materials that can be used for the production of packaging and materials to be used with an insulating function, 8 ) Fuels and 9) Paper. Finally for the 10) Mulching. The chipboard hemp stem, in fact, can be used to carry out an operation often considered of fundamental importance in agriculture and gardening. This is the mulch. To prevent weed growth and protect the soil from precipitation and erosion.

SARDINIA: AT "CUCINA CLAUDIA" IN SARDINIA 1 THE RECIPES OF THE AGRICHEF

After the success of the debut this afternoon, the second appointment of the Cucina Claudia program on Sardegna 1 will be broadcast, starring an agrichef from Campagna Amica. After Gino Brogi from the Santu Marcialis farm in Soleminis, this afternoon at 12.15 and in reply at 18.45 the farmer Elena Corona of the Sa Perda Marcada farm in Arbus, will prepare the sweet Papai Biancu.

Elena Corona obtained the title of agrichef together with 20 other colleagues from all over Sardinia in January in the first course reserved for peasant cooks promoted by Coldiretti Sardegna. Every Friday on Sardegna 1 all Sardinian agrichef will take turns showing us the preparation of typical local dishes, all strictly with products of their own company and coming from the Campagna Amica markets. The broadcast can be followed on Sardegna 1 at Canale 19 or in streaming on www.sardegna1.tv.

GENOA, ZERO0 KM SEASONAL PRODUCTS BY C.A. LANDING IN MARINA GENOVA

Not only the scent of the sea and boats at the Sestri Ponente quay, but the colors and flavors of seasonal fruit and vegetables, cheeses, honey, rice, meats and salami, oil, plants and flowers of our Riviera. Here is everything that the lucky ones will discover who this Sunday will go to Marina Genova (Sestri Ponente).

Everything is now ready for the great reopening of the Campagna Amica market, scheduled for this Sunday, from 9.30 to 17.00, in via Pionieri e Aviatori d'Italia, which will see the participation of about twenty Ligurian and Piedmontese farms who will color the sestrese quay with their yellow gazebos.

The agrimercato della Marina is included in the Ligurian calendar of appointments with the quality Campagna Amica, which for several years now have brought the products of local farms to the most important squares of the Region, creating a direct relationship between producer and consumer. reducing the supply chain to the maximum. This appointment, which will be repeated for two Sundays a month, will accompany the consumer in the choice of fresh seasonal products and entirely zero kilometer.

"We are proud - affirms the Confederal Deputy Delegate Francesco Goffredo - to have managed again this year to propose again the appointment in Sestri Ponente to allow the Genoese, and not only, to buy in an informed way the products of our territory and of the" neighbors of Piedmontese home. It is of fundamental importance for us and our families to buy traceable products and even better if local and fresh in season and that is why we are grateful for the availability shown by Marina Genova and the Municipality of Genoa to propose this appointment ".

"It is an important occasion - states the Confederal delegate, Bruno Rivarossa - where once again the campaign arrives in the Genoese urban center, taking its products, its stories and its values ​​with it. Our Campagna Amica Markets allow us to enhance sustainable local production and above all help to safeguard our great Made in Italy. For the inauguration, which will take place from 10.00 on Sunday, it will be possible to taste the products offered by the participating companies, and discover the true flavor of the products that our territory has to offer ".

Also in this important event, the #stopalcibofalso initiative will be carried out to protect Made in Italy, collecting signatures with which Coldiretti intends to ask Europe for mandatory origin labeling on all foods, to try to cope to the serious problem of the falsifications of our excellences.

MARCHE, IN THE MARKETS OF C.A. SPRING AND POPES ARE CELEBRATED

The Campagna Amica markets greet the imminent arrival of spring with the products of the warm season and many opportunities to embellish the outdoor spaces with flowers. Primroses or violets in May, aromatic herbs and many perfumes while the national campaign against "fake" foods continues with the subscription to request to extend the mandatory labeling - a reality already for milk, dairy products, tomatoes and pasta - also to the whole rest of the food on the shelf. A transparency in favor of consumers which Coldiretti Marche promotes and which is witnessed precisely by direct sales in the Campagna Amica markets.

Tomorrow, Saturday 17 March, there will be three in the region. In Pesaro (in via Lombardia, from 8.30 to 11.30) free primrose seedlings with the farmers' fathers to serve a buffet with the products of the day: bread and jams, cold cuts, fruit juices. Free flowers also in Ancona, in the new weekly appointment in Piazza Cavour (from 8.30 to 11.30) while in Fermo, in the covered market in Piazza Dante, special offers on flowers and aromatic herbs.

EMILIA R./PIACENZA: THE SECOND AGRICHEF COURSE IS COMING WITH FOCUS ON AGRIBIRRE

From Monday 19th to Thursday 22nd March

Craft breweries are growing in Emilia Romagna: at the end of 2017 there were 112, 13 more than the previous year when there were 99 craft beer producers and more than triple compared to five years ago when there were only thirty. Also in Piacenza there is a slight increase, with the installation of the young Marco Fortinelli who has started a new business in Lugagnano. This was announced by Coldiretti today, Friday 16 March, on the occasion of the presentation of the second regional course for Agrichef promoted by Terranostra, the agritourism association of Coldiretti, and by Campagna Amica to train the agrichefs that in farmhouses increasingly enhance the excellence of the territory .

As part of the course, which will take place right in Piacentino, from Monday 19 to Thursday 22 March next, at the Casa Nuova farmhouse in Niviano di Rivergaro, there will be a "focus" dedicated to craft beers, in particular agribirre, characterized by a direct link with farms. Piacenza beers will be supplied by the Vallescura di Piozzano farm.

In addition to contributing to the economy, craft beer also represents - underlines Coldiretti - a boost to employment especially among the under 35s. In Emilia Romagna - informs Coldiretti on the basis of data from the regional observatory of Commerce - beer is consumed mainly dinner and is preferred by 33.4 percent of consumers, immediately after wine (40%), but before those who drink soft drinks (13.2%) or just water (10.1%). At lunch, however, only 21.8% drink beer, 41.4% drink wine, 17.4% soft drinks and 17.2% only water.

Hand in hand with the spread of small breweries, new professional figures are also being born - notes Coldiretti - such as the "beer sommelier" who knows the historical fundamentals of the various styles of beers and is able to read the main characteristics of style, taste, composition, color, body, scents on the nose and palate and identify any defects, as well as suggesting the ideal combinations of the different types of beer with first courses, meat or fish and also with desserts.

The second agrichef course - informs Coldiretti - will have as teachers the agrichef Diego Scaramuzza, national president of Terranostra, the chefs Daniele Persegani and Alessandro Polver, the Fisar sommeliers (who will lead a path on the pairing of food with wine and beer), the head of Food Safety of Coldiretti Emilia Romagna, Dennis Calanca, the Head of Communication and External Relations of the national Coldiretti, Paolo Falcioni, the national secretary of Terranostra, Toni De Amicis and Elisabetta Montesissa of the “Fondazione Campagna Amica”.

In addition to the focus on beer, the topics of the course - Coldiretti underlines - range from cooking technologies and techniques to the optimization of preparation times, from serving to the pairing of wines, beers and dishes, up to the pricing of dishes and menus. . All with attention to the typical menus of the local and peasant tradition and to local products at km 0.

RAVENNA: #STOPCIBOFALSO, HERE'S WHERE TO SIGN THE POPULAR PETITION IN THE PROVINCE

Saving our food and making the shopping cart transparent is the goal of the collection of signatures in support of the #stopcibofalso petition promoted by Coldiretti and the Campagna Amica Foundation to ask the European Union to make the indication of food origin mandatory. Despite the progress made, in fact, there are still large areas of shadow so that every day there is a risk of low-quality foods with an uncertain origin that endanger health on the plate, as evidenced by repeated food alarms.

Counterfeiting and falsification of typical Emilia Romagna food products cost our region about thirty thousand jobs alone, with the fake made in Emilia Romagna industry invoicing over 8 billion euros (60 billions for national agri-food). The fight against "fake" food on the plate is, therefore, now a priority area of ​​intervention to recover economic resources useful to the country and to generate employment.

To this end, Coldiretti Ravenna also invites all consumers to join the petition by signing not only at all Coldiretti Offices, but also at Campagna Amica Points. In particular, today and tomorrow, it is possible to sign, from 9 to 19, at the Campagna Amica points in Lugo (piazza Garibaldi 25) and Faenza (via Mazzini 154), from 9 to 19.

"We must fight the global deception that causes economic and image damage to our productions - says the president of Coldiretti Ravenna Massimiliano Pederzoli - for this reason it is necessary to clarify at national and European level by extending the obligation to indicate on the label to all products the origin of food products and for this reason we ask for the collaboration of all consumer citizens ”. The collection of signatures addressed to the President of the European Parliament will continue until the end of April in the Coldiretti Offices and in all the markets, shops and agritourisms of Campagna Amica.

PIACENZA: THE #STOPCIBOFALSO SIGNATURE COLLECTION CONTINUES DURING THE WEEKEND

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March

Saving our food and making the shopping cart transparent is the goal of the Coldiretti Piacenza initiative which will take place on the morning of Sunday 18 March in the Cortemaggiore square on the occasion of the 538th San Giuseppe agricultural fair.

The three days of popular mobilization, which in Emilia Romagna will take place throughout the weekend in the main Campagna Amica markets, also makes a stop in Piacentino - where the #StopCiboFalso signature collection already reaches 1,700 subscriptions in a few weeks. The objective of Coldiretti's petition #stopcibofalso is to ask the European Union to make the indication of origin of foods mandatory. The mobilization will continue until the end of April.

Despite the progress - recalls Coldiretti Piacenza - there are still large areas of shadow so that every day there is a risk of low-quality foods of uncertain origin that endanger health on the plate, as evidenced by repeated food alarms.

Therefore, all Sunday morning it will be possible to join the initiative. In the institutional gazebo of Coldiretti Piacenza there will be the provincial president Marco Crotti, the area secretary Franco Fittavolini, the young people and women of Coldiretti Piacenza who will organize a toast at 11.30, with a small gift for the women present. In addition, the Campagna Amica companies market will be held in Piazza Patrioti.

BRESCIA: IT'S "SPRING PARTY" WITH EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS AND SHOW COOKING

A real spring festival, the one that will take place on Sunday 18 March in Largo Formentone in Brescia from 9.00 to 19.00 within the "Brescia is Campagna Amica" project promoted by Coldiretti with the collaboration of the Municipality of Brescia. The companies of Campagna Amica, in the height of the richest and most colorful season, will be present with the products of excellence of the provincial territory, from cured meats to goat and cow cheeses, to bagoss, to buffalo mozzarella, to Sebino and Garda oil. , plants and flowers, fruit and vegetables, flour and biscuits, honey, snails and much more.

Flowers will be the protagonists of the day through two appointments: in fact, educational workshops will be held to learn how to transplant a flower and create a flowered balcony at home or a perfect vegetable garden in the garden. Fun cooking shows will also be developed where culinary tradition and innovation will marry to create fragrant and colorful first courses and side dishes that will see flowers as protagonists.

But it will also be a Sunday where we will collect the signatures in support of the petition "Stop fake food", with which we ask "simply" Europe to make the indication of the origin of food mandatory: to protect our health, to protect the economy of our country, to stop food speculation and to defend our agriculture. And by our side we already have hundreds of thousands of consumer citizens who are signing online, in our Coldiretti offices and in the Campagna Amica markets spread throughout the country.


News The Force of the Territory of 2012-12-11

IMU, A BATOSTA FOR AGRICULTURE

After an analysis of the serious effects that the infamous tax entails, the provincial Coldiretti does not ask for the agricultural world to be exempted, much less an act of kindness, but asks for an act of common sense in defense of everything that agriculture represents and produces. for our territory.

The Single Municipal Tax launched by the Government under the "Save Italy" decree seriously risks being a coup de grace for the already fragile agricultural economies and for the Rimini countryside. The IMU has hit all rural buildings, among other things that have been exempted up to now, but also buildings for instrumental use without any distinction. In practice, farmers are forced to pay Imu also on stables, barns, tool sheds, granaries and cellars. "Compared to the simulations in the down payment phase when it was assumed due to the single tax compared to the ICI a tax increase for farms between 50% and 150%, in the balance phase - explains Giorgio Ricci, Coldiretti services manager Rimini - the increase occurred between 300 and 800%. " Translated into euros: from a few hundred euros to several thousand euros, naturally depending on the volumes, their location and use. A concrete example: in Rimini with a main "rural" dwelling of type A / 3 with cadastral income of 607.87 euros and a deposit of type C / 2 with cadastral income of 352.22 euros, you pay 606 euros with an increase in 606% and it must be considered that retired farmers are also affected.
Inevitable the repercussions in the countryside where farmers have already expressed more than a bad mood for the "agricultural assets" as it has been renamed. In fact, the IMU also affects the instrumental buildings necessary for the conduct of agricultural activity, which once the latter has ceased have no further possibility of use. Furthermore, in many cases, the opportunity, as Coldiretti had pointed out, of the need to distinguish between agricultural land used for agricultural purposes and land used for speculative or hobby purposes was not taken into consideration or only minimally. In this regard, variables that are usual in the countryside are not taken into consideration, such as the father former direct farmer who has given the bare ownership to his son who carries out agricultural activities in a professional way, in this case it is not possible to take advantage of the few concessions left as justification of a difficult activity to carry out and the father has to pay the tax in full only because he is a usufructuary who does not directly lead the fund.
Municipalities had the opportunity to give a tangible signal to a sector that in words they always define as fundamental for society, but which is then systematically penalized on a practical level. A good portion of the fate of the agriculture of their territory has been placed in their hands. Coldiretti does not ask to be exempted, much less an act of kindness, but asks for an act of common sense in defense of all that agriculture represents and produces for our territory.
“For a choice at the national level for a sense of responsibility - adds Giuseppe Salvioli President of Coldiretti Rimini - we have chosen not to demonstrate in the square. But the maneuver reserves a series of inequities to the primary sector. The land property, if used as a factor of production in an agricultural enterprise, must have a very different tax treatment from that reserved for speculative agricultural funds or for hobby purposes. It is clear that once the emergency maneuver is over, it is essential to open a close dialogue with local administrations to reaffirm the strategic role of a crucial sector such as agriculture for the real economy. A role that evidently still eludes too many. Nobody knows what sacrifices are like us farmers and how contributing to the good of the country is a duty for everyone. We are not holding back, but equity and growth measures must also concern our sector, and there are no such measures in the maneuver ”.

ROVIGO, PIA ROVIGATTI TAKES BACK THE REINS OF BUSINESS WOMEN

Pia Rovigatti was reconfirmed at the helm of the provincial coordination of Donne Impresa, the movement of agricultural entrepreneurs of Coldiretti Rovigo, for the 2012-16 mandate. The provincial women's forum has concluded the cycle of renewal of offices, which had begun in the various territorial areas of Coldiretti and which led to the appointment of the new section and area managers and, finally, to the formation of the Polesano coordination. Pia Rovigatti, an entrepreneur originally from Ficarolo, already current president of the Defense Consortium, said she was “proud to represent female farms, which are the most innovative and multifunctional in the province. I thank - she said - for the trust that my colleagues have given me again ”.
Two deputies have been appointed to assist Rovigatti, who will sit by right in the regional coordination of Donneimpresa: Monica Grandi from Adria and Maria Pia Bega from Crespino. The provincial coordination is composed as follows: Pia Rovigatti (provincial and Ficarolo area manager), Monica Grandi (responsible for the Adria area), Sonia Pavanello (for the Badia Polesine area), Morena Birbini (Castelmassa area), Piera Margutti Sgarbi (Fiesso area), Cecilia Barison (Lendinara area), Maria Pia Bega (external Rovigo area), Paola Sartorello (internal Rovigo area), Cinzia Pezzolato (Porto Tolle area), Giancarla Marzolla (Taglio di Po area).
In his speech at the end of his mandate, Rovigatti made an excursus of four years of work of the movement: training, visits to companies in the province, exploration of Veneto and national companies of excellence, seminars on entrepreneurship and corporate credit instruments, cultural events . All these initiatives were inspired by the concrete search for new business paths to arouse new ideas and projects, in an attempt to recover sources of income from farms increasingly burdened by the crisis.

FERRARA, "PINK" AGRICULTURAL ENTERPRISES: MONIA FROM THE FREE REGIONAL VICE DELEGATE

There are 15,654 thousand farms run by women in Emilia Romagna. The figure emerged at the regional assembly of Coldiretti Donne Impresa of Coldiretti, which reconfirmed Lorella Ansaloni agricultural entrepreneur from Medolla (Modena) at the helm of the Coldiretti women's association. Ansaloni, after a long activity in the banking sector, in 2000 supported her husband in the management of the horticultural and fruit company, with 15 hectares of orchards, 2 hectares of vineyards, 2 hectares of open field nursery and a garden with 4,000 square meters of surface, of which 2,500 are covered. In the company he is responsible for the management of the Garden. Silvia Bendanti from Bologna and Monia Dalla Libera from Ferrara were elected deputy delegates.
According to Coldiretti elaborations of Istat data, the percentage of women owners of companies is growing: in 2000, in fact, women led 20.7% of regional farms, while in 2010 the percentage rose to 21.5%. The increase in female entrepreneurs - according to Coldiretti - went hand in hand with new business activities, in particular the direct sale and dissemination of farmers' markets and agritourism. "For the next few years - said Lorella Ansaloni - our goal is to encourage the training and specialization of female entrepreneurs and women in general so that they can face the new agricultural challenges of the future with professionalism and determination. Among other things, it is a goal that we want to lead together with the young people of Coldiretti, who are very sensitive to these issues ".

ROVIGO, THE POLESAN TREE GOES IN THE REGION TO PALAZZO FERRI

The Christmas tree of the Veneto Region is from Polesano, for the third consecutive year. Coldiretti Rovigo and Vivai De Sero di Villadose yesterday afternoon delivered to Palazzo Ferro Fini, the Venetian seat of the regional council, a three-meter fir tree that will make a fine show of itself, next to the piano in the Hall of Emblems, for the concert of wishes of Christmas. The plant was brought to Tronchetto Island and loaded onto a "Venetian topa", the typical flat-bottomed boat for transporting the lagoon to its destination. "This tree is an Abies Nordmanniana - explains Filippo De Sero, owner of the nursery company of the same name - a very compact conifer, with the lower part that, depending on the light that illuminates it, reflects silver reflections".
The expenditure for the purchase of the Christmas tree is in a phase of contraction. "We are certainly witnessing a reduction in sales - explains Filippo De Sero - linked to the current economic situation. Consumers tend to prefer the "plastic plant", because they realize they can certainly reuse it ". With the right precautions, however, even a live plant can easily be replanted in the garden or reused for the following year. "First of all - explains Filippo De Sero - instead of buying the usual fir, which is a typical plant of mountain areas, you can choose a native plant, originally from our territory, which, when pruned in a conical shape, can become a beautiful, original Christmas tree. and reusable. Holly, laurel, boxwood, holm oak, if you prefer a deciduous plant, lend themselves very well, among evergreens, to the pyramidal hornbeam ".
"When you buy a fir - continues De Sero - it is necessary to make sure that it is a plant with characteristics that allow it to survive the Christmas stress, that is, with a root system sufficient to allow it to perform its physiological functions in spring: for example, the potted plant resists better it must be borne in mind that they are plants that in a few years rise to 15-20 meters in height, therefore, if you want to replant them, you must have adequate space in the garden and not risk putting them next to sidewalks to the houses. Maybe, if you don't have enough space - adds De Sero - make sure if the nurseryman is willing to withdraw it. Our company, for example, offers the tree collection and management service in our nursery until the following Christmas, when the customer will return to pick it up for reuse. A very important thing - continues De Sero - is not to replant Christmas trees in parks and public green areas, without the authority's authorization, because it could, even unknowingly, alter the ecological balance of the area ".
Here are the tips of Filippo De Sero to keep the Christmas tree alive: - to reduce the thermal stress, due to the sudden change in temperature, before bringing the tree into the house, let it stay at least one day in an indoor environment, less heat of the house eg. garage - place the tree away from heat sources, otherwise you risk dehydration and the massive fall of the needles - do not spray it with artificial snow and colored sprays that could damage perspiration - keep the clod of earth moist, regularly watering the pot . A glass of water every two days, depending on the case, might be enough - at the time of demobilization, before taking the tree outside for planting, let it stay some time in a cooler environment, in order to reduce the stress due to thermal shock as much as possible.

CALABRIA, SPENDING REVIEW IN THE TOP MANAGEMENT OF THE REGIONAL PUBLIC SYSTEM

A stringent and selective spending review in the top management of the Calabrian regional extended public system, without excluding anyone, is what Coldiretti Calabria is asking for.In our opinion, this is an intervention of immediate impact - comments Pietro Molinaro president of Coldiretti Calabria - of which, on the other hand, very little has been talked about so far, even though the data suggest that there is room for maneuver for a strategy of this type with a significant lasting contribution to the recovery of public finances to overcome historical expenditure and income, which is inertial, in favor of a selective approach, which is opposed to linear cuts or the introduction of spending ceilings, which are simpler and more immediate to be implemented but also to be circumvented.
A system, strongly oriented towards measurable objectives and results, with effective measures that allow savings, without affecting the services rendered to citizens with a "drying up of costs" and whose resources in a principle of fairness and solidarity, could be oriented to the many outbreaks of work and social hardship, on which, however, serious and in-depth reflection must be made with particular attention to measurable results in terms of real productivity, with a link to concrete activities and objectives. In doing so, - he continues - some stabilization choices would not make a turn. The weight of the current crisis and lack of liquidity should be borne by all according to the sacrosanct principles of social justice, rigor and equity.
It is therefore also necessary to redefine the areas and sectors of intervention of the public operator, not only to find a "union pax", but to give substance to a "social pact" invoked by many which is used in times of crisis, which must really serve the modernization of the regional public system. Promoting development and increasing productivity must be real successes and not an increase in the list of failures. I believe, - concludes Molinaro - that from the business side, it is legitimate to ask and expect results, consequently relaunching the efficiency of the bureaucratic structure and not expanding the enormous weight that the regional public system already bears.

PISTOIA, LARVA THAT ATTACKS CORN TO ROOTS: ALL TUSCANY IS INFESTED

The Diabrotica virgifera virgifera has bypassed the Apennines and has infested corn crops from Emilia Romagna. Diabrotica virgifera virgifera is the larva of a butterfly that attacks the roots of the corn plant, causing it to fall and therefore making it unsuitable for harvesting. No danger to the health of humans and animals, only huge economic damage for farmers who do not take adequate countermeasures. Countermeasures illustrated in a crowded meeting of agricultural entrepreneurs from Valdinievole, held yesterday 10 December 2012 in Monsummano Terme (see photo), by the technicians of Coldiretti and by Dr. Marina Carli, of the phytosanitary service of the Tuscany Region.
The analyzes conducted by the Tuscany Region in collaboration with agricultural enterprises have shown that the whole region is infested. "A confirmation that at least removes the elements of uncertainty that prevented adequate programming of the productions - declared Vincenzo Tropiano, director of Coldiretti Pistoia -. Now the best countermeasures can be prepared ”. Valdinievole is the area of ​​the province of Pistoia suited to the cultivation of cereals, including corn, with over 300 companies involved.
The technicians explained to the entrepreneurs present what needs to be done to avoid excessive problems: the cultivation of corn cannot be carried out for more than two years in a row. In the third year it is advisable to proceed with a product rotation. For those who are unable or unwilling to give up corn production, they must in any case avoid sowing in the months of April and May. This is the period in which the larva develops and attaches itself to the roots of the plants.

MASSA CARRARA, THE FLOODED APUAN PROVINCE IS SAVED AT THE TABLE WITH BASKETS

"Sostienilaviticolturaeroica" to help restore the Candia Doc vineyards that collapsed following the flood and help farms damaged by flooding. The agri-food sector of the Province of Massa Carrara is saved by starting from the table. Just send an email by writing to [email protected] to book and purchase one of the solidarity baskets made with some of the “flooded” products of the Apuo-Lunigianese basket. Among the products that embellish the basket of solidarity, Candia dei Colli Apuani "survived" the flood, as well as extra virgin olive oil, testaroli, panigacci, jams, honey, local flour and many other delicious products made available by local companies.
Promoted by Coldiretti Massa Carrara, in collaboration with the Consortium for the Protection of Candia dei Colli Apuani Doc, the "Sostienilaviticolturaeorica" ​​initiative aims to restart the main and best-known wine production of the Province of Massa Carrara and actively participate in the post-flood phase. Part of the proceeds will go directly to farms through the sale of their products present in the Christmas package while a part will go to support the activities of companies that have suffered damage to terraces, tools, structures and warehouses. "If each family of our land bought one of the baskets we made for this Christmas - launches the initiative Vincenzo Tongiani, Coldiretti Provincial President - we will have taken a big step forward towards those objectives: to restart, as soon as possible , the agricultural economy wounded by the flood. At Christmas, put the products that express the territory under the tree, bring to your tables. It is a gesture of love and attachment to the territory, it is not just one of solidarity ".
The baskets: three types of Christmas packages made. Option 1 (cost 20 euros). The products: 1 bottle of Candia dei Colli Apuani Doc wine, 500 gr. local soft wheat flour, 230 gr. apple jam rotella, 250 gr. acacia honey from Lunigiana Dop, n. 5 panigacci. Option 2 (30 euros). Products: 1 bottle of Candia dei Colli Apuani Doc wine, 230 gr. rotella apple jam, 250 gr. acacia honey from Lunigiana Dop, 420 gr. testaroli, 1 mortadella from Lunigiana, 250 gr. extra virgin olive oil. Option 3 (40 euros): 1 bottle of Candia dei Colli Apuani Doc wine, 500 gr. Lunigiana spelled, 230 gr. apple jam wheels, 250 gr. acacia honey from Lunigiana Dop, 420 gr. testaroli, 230 gr. rotella apple jam, 250 gr. Barley soup, 500 gr. cannellino bean, 1 Lunigiana mortadella, 250 gr. extra virgin olive oil, n. 5 panigacci.
The email. To purchase one of the three baskets (price 20, 30, 40 euros) it is necessary to send an email to [email protected] indicating, in the body of the text, name and surname, address, post code, city, telephone number for the address specifying the type of solidarity basket. The cost of shipping costs to the address indicated is excluded and is charged to the recipient. Cash on delivery. Delivery can be made upon indication, at one of the Coldiretti offices in the Province of Massa Carrara: Massa, Largo Matteotti, 22 (second floor) Aulla, Via Nazionale, 222 Pontremoli, Via Del Seminario, 2 Fivizzano, ViaPedretti, 12. In this case there is no shipping cost and payment can be made in the traditional way. For orders and information write to [email protected] or call 0585-43852 (Coldiretti Provincial Secretariat).

EMILIA-ROMAGNA, LORELLA ANSALONI CONFIRMED DELEGATE WOMEN COLDIRETTI

There are 15,654 thousand farms run by women in Emilia Romagna. The figure emerged at the regional assembly of Coldiretti Donne Impresa of Coldiretti, which reconfirmed Lorella Ansaloni agricultural entrepreneur from Medolla (Modena) at the helm of the Coldiretti women's association. Ansaloni, after a long activity in the banking sector, in 2000 supported her husband in the management of the horticultural and fruit company, with 15 hectares of orchards, 2 hectares of vineyards, 2 hectares of open field nursery and a garden with 4,000 square meters of surface, of which 2,500 are covered. In the company he is responsible for the management of the Garden. Silvia Bendanti from Bologna and Monia Dalla Libera from Ferrara were elected deputy delegates.
According to Coldiretti elaborations of Istat data, the percentage of women owners of companies is growing: in 2000, in fact, women led 20.7% of regional farms, while in 2010 the percentage rose to 21.5%. The increase in female entrepreneurs - according to Coldiretti - went hand in hand with new business activities, in particular the direct sale and dissemination of farmers' markets and agritourism. "For the next few years - said Lorella Ansaloni - our goal is to encourage the training and specialization of female entrepreneurs and women in general so that they can face the new agricultural challenges of the future with professionalism and determination. Among other things, it is a goal that we want to lead together with the young people of Coldiretti, who are very sensitive to these issues ".

SICILY: "FISHING: BETWEEN CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT" AT SCIACCA COLDIRETTI CONFERENCE
Wednesday 12 December

"Fishing: between culture and development" is the title of the conference organized by Coldiretti Impresa Pesca which will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 12 December, at 5.00 pm in Sciacca, in the Sala Blasco of the Town Hall in Via Roma 13. An opportunity to analyze the growth of one of the vital sectors for Sicily on which the mayor of the Municipality of Sciacca, Fabrizio Di Paola, president of the municipal council, Calogero Bono, the regional director of Coldiretti, Giuseppe Campione and Donatella Bianchi, host of Linea blu - Rai Uno will compete. The conclusions will be from the Regional Councilor for Agricultural and Food Resources, Dario Cartabellotta. The work will be moderated by the journalist Massimo D 'Antoni.

PISTOIA: CHRISTMAS AT KM 0: FRIENDLY CAMPAIGN, TRADERS AND ARTISANS TOGETHER
From Monday 17 to Sunday 23 December

The Pistoia event this Christmas is in the National Gallery. Campagna Amica, shopkeepers and artisans together in the gallery that connects via Vannucci with via della Costituzione in Pistoia. On this occasion, it will be tinged with yellow, the color of Coldiretti's network of agricultural producers, and with 'Christmas red'. From Monday 17 to Sunday 23 December (from 10 to 19), ten agricultural producers will support the 13 commercial and artisan businesses that 'reside' in the National Gallery. An event, born in collaboration with the Municipality of Pistoia, which will give consumers the opportunity to shop with Km0 products, style their hair, buy gifts, perfumes, musical instruments and much more.
Satisfaction is expressed by the gallery dealers: the Coldiretti counters will offer our regular customers an additional service, as well as favoring the influx of other consumers into the Galleria Nazionale, which is more welcoming after the works that, among other things, have pedestrianized the central square. “We are happy with this opportunity for Pistoia's consumers and also to give substance to what we have been supporting for some time: the farmers' markets in Campagna Amica are synergistic with the commercial activities of the cities, declares Vincenzo Tropiano, director of Coldiretti Pistoia”. On the Campagna Amica counters: new oil, cold cuts, wine, cheeses, jams and lots of seasonal and Km0 fruit and vegetables. It is not true that vegetables grow only in the heat: black cabbage, carrots, turnips, radicchio and broccoli allow you to fill up with vitamins even in the middle of winter. The Galleria Nazionale market joins the usual provincial markets: every Tuesday: Pescia, P.za Ex Mercato dei Fiori ((8.30-12.30) every Wednesday: Monsummano Terme, Piazza del Popolo (8.30-12.30) every Thursday: Quarrata, Piazza Risorgimento (8.30-12.30) every Friday: Agliana, Piazza Gramsci (8-12.30) every Saturday: Pistoia, Via dell'Annona, 191 (8.30-14.30).

SICILY: IN PALERMO "A SEA OF LAND", FISH AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS FOR HEALTH
Thursday 13 December

“A sea of ​​land. Fish and agricultural products for health ". This is the theme of the conference organized by Coldiretti Sicilia, Coldiretti Impresa Pesca and Donne Impresa which will take place on Thursday 13 December at 10.00, in the fireplace room of the Hotel des Palmes in Palermo in via Roma 398. After the greetings of the National Coordinator of Donne Impresa, Silvia Bosco, the proceedings will be opened by the regional president Coldiretti Alessandro Chiarelli who will talk about the ways in which the Sicilian farmer creates health. Participants are Giuseppe Giunchiglia, Medical Director of the Arnas ophthalmology unit of the Civic Hospital of Palermo. "Watch out for food. Foods that help eyesight ”, is the theme of his report. Also from the Civic hospital, Renata Lanzino, head of the Arnas diet service will speak on "Health is blue: the importance of fish in the Mediterranean diet". Donatella Bianchi, presenter of Linea Blu - Rai Uno will talk about the Sicilian sea and her experience gained in the many episodes dedicated to the island's fishing. The works that will be moderated by the regional director Coldiretti, Giuseppe Campione, will be concluded by the Councilor for Agricultural and Food Resources, Dario Cartabellotta.

PISA: THE BANQUET OF "GOOD FESTIVALS AT KM ZERO" AT THE AGRARIO CONSORTIUM
Wednesday 12 December

DIY Christmas baskets to save in times of crisis. Austerity and cuts to the Christmas budget can prove to be unexpected allies in the search for original and useful gifts, and be the right incentives to go to the discovery of the Campagna Amica markets now present throughout the province where it is possible to pack baskets, baskets and baskets, small food and wine cadeau for all tastes and budgets. Farmer based on strictly seasonal vegetables and fruit or typically packed with oil, wine, jams, honey, pasta. There is no limit to spending, nor to the imagination. The first opportunity to pack the gift basket to make friends, relatives, colleagues happy is on the agenda on Wednesday 12 December (from 16.30 to 19) on the occasion of the first appointment with "Happy Holidays at zero km" the initiative promoted by Coldiretti Pisa in collaboration with the Agrimercato and "La Bottega di Campagna Amica" which will accompany the afternoon market of the Agricultural Consortium of Pisa on Wednesdays in December before Christmas (replication on the 19th).
A Christmas banquet awaits all visitors: new wine, new oil and the inevitable bruschetta. It is the homage of producers to customers. With the DIY basket it is possible to reduce the cost of gift food baskets by a third by purchasing directly from the producer-farmer, without intermediaries, the products that will make up the fragrant and tasty zero km gift. In addition to the afternoon appointment at the Agricultural Consortium of Pisa, the appointments throughout the Province also become an opportunity to buy everything you need for dinners and dinners that bring us closer to the Christmas holidays.
Here are all the appointments where you can pack the do-it-yourself basket: Tuesdays in Piazza della Stazione in Pontedera, Wednesdays and Saturdays in Via Pararelli in Pisa, Thursdays in Piazza Trieste in Pontedera, Fridays in Piazza Caduti della Libertà in Cascina, on Saturday in Piazza del Comune in Ponsacco and in Via Aurelia Nord at the Agricultural Consortium of Pisa in addition to the afternoon appointment on Wednesday. There are also the solidarity baskets of the flooded areas that bring the “surviving” flavors of the Maremma and the Province of Massa Carrara as a dowry. To order them just send an email to [email protected] Home delivery expected.

LUCCA: MONTECARLO, THE CAMERAS OF "I FATTI VOSTRI" AT THE MARKET OF C.A.
Wednesday 12 December

Luca Sardella and "I Fatti Vostri" at the extraordinary edition of the Campagna Amica market. There will also be the cameras of the popular program hosted by Giancarlo Magalli, Adriana Volpe, Marcello Cirillo and Paolo Fox broadcast from 11.00 to 13.00 on Rai 2, in Piazza Garibaldi, in Montecarlo (Lu), Wednesday 12 December (from 9 to 13) for what will be a special edition, in every sense, with the short supply chain promoted by Coldiretti (info on www.lucca.coldiretti.it) in collaboration with the Municipal Administration of Porcari and the Consortium of DOC wines of Montecarlo.
Direct sales and the philosophy of zero km are the themes that the correspondent Luca Sardella and his column "L'orto di Luca" will try to explain to the public: the advantages, benefits and usefulness of a commercial network that has come back forcefully central to the economy of thousands of families who shop directly from the producer every day. But also to talk about seasonal products, typical products and the many agri-food specialties that make up and characterize the Lucca basket. The cameras of “I Fatti Vostri” will be entertained for a good part of the morning among customers-consumers to collect direct testimonies and talk with the producers who will animate the market. The appointment with the Campagna Amica market in the historic center of Montecarlo will also see the participation of the fish supply chain with the fish from Viareggio. The fish is also locally sourced.

ASCOLI-FERMO: THE FIRST AGRICULTURAL WORKSHOP OF C.A. OPENS IN FERMO
Wednesday 12 December

Tomorrow, 12 December, the first farmers' shop in Campagna Amica opens in Fermo. The announcement comes from Coldiretti Ascoli Fermo and the L'Oasi di Pierino farm, with the ribbon cutting scheduled for 4 pm in via Giovanni Falcone 27. The Campagna Amica shops are a new and modern direct sales channel of agri-food products that joins the large-scale distribution and proximity shops and that integrates the already active network of markets and farms promoted by Coldiretti that market their products on the regional territory. The operation of the shop is simple: the agricultural entrepreneur or the cooperative that opens the store chooses the products he wants to market exclusively from those of the companies accredited to Campagna Amica. In this way there is the guarantee of the Italian and agricultural origin of all foods, but also of compliance with certain parameters in terms of quality and safety. The picture is completed by a control mechanism supervised by the Campagna Amica Foundation, also making use of a third party. The ribbon cutting will be followed by a tasting of typical products.

PARMA: THE AMICA CAMPAIGN MARKET ARRIVES IN TORRILE
Thursday 13 December

The Campagna Amica market network is expanding across the provincial territory, where the producers of the Parma Agrimercato sell their products directly to consumers. In fact, the Campagna Amica market arrives in Torrile, right on St. Lucia's day, thus offering the population and those who want to participate the opportunity to get to know the producers directly and party with the best local products. The ribbon cutting will take place on Thursday 13 December, at 11.30 am in the public parking area along the Provincial Asolana road to the east of the "A. Gombia ". In this space, consumers will be able to find every Thursday morning, in the now well-known yellow gazebos of Campagna Amica, a wide range of typical, quality, seasonal and strictly zero km products: from fruit and vegetables to meat, from wine to honey and other food excellences.
"It is a further result that attests - comments the Director of Coldiretti Parma Marco Allaria Olivieri - the value of this form of sale, which knows how to combine the direct relationship between producer and consumer with the promotion of the typicality and distinctiveness of a territory recognized by all. as a basin of the most important food excellences. It is with this spirit that, in collaboration with the municipal administration of Torrile, attentive to the Coldiretti project for an all-Italian agricultural supply chain, we also start this experience of a short supply chain in Torrile, aimed at responding to the needs of transparency, territoriality , authenticity and safety expressed by consumers ". "It is with pleasure that we are committed as producers - says the President of the Parma Agrimarket Stefano Annovi - to be present also in Torrile with this market, which represents an oasis of the best productions of our companies. A space where we can make our products known and give consumers the opportunity to make conscious purchases, in a direct relationship with those who produce and 'put their face to it' to guarantee the origin, healthiness and quality of what is displayed on the counter ".
"The Municipal Administration of Torrile, adds the Mayor Dr. Andrea Rizzoli, has shared with the Coldiretti Association of Parma the institution of" Il Mercato Contadino Campagna Amica ", whose management is entrusted to the Agrimercato Association of Parma, in what is in line with the following purposes: enhancement of the direct sale of products from the agricultural entrepreneur to the consumer through the so-called "short chain" ensuring a more favorable price to the consumer enhancement and promotion of initiatives for the development of agricultural markets that favor the '' purchase of products linked to territoriality and promotion of initiatives aimed at safeguarding healthy nutrition, with particular attention to typical products. Enhancement of local products and companies. We believe we have made a choice that goes in the direction of the benefit to our citizens by creating a concrete possibility of purchasing in favorable conditions in terms of economic and product quality ".


Five-star cialtronerie: the proposals of the M5S for Europe

I confess, the publication of the "5-star Citizens' Book for Europe" had sensationally escaped me. I only realized it thanks to the mockery of Luigi Di Maio, embarrassed by the question of an astonished journalist to be presented as a "book" what in reality is little more than a fifteen-page pamphlet. At that point, however, I was intrigued and as a good EU nerd I went to look for the brochure of discord and read it to myself. Folks, thank goodness it's only fifteen pages.

I have no idea what exactly the 5 Star Movement is aiming at with this booklet, but if the intention is to make it a serious action program, well, congratulations. Programs usually also contain some indication of how you intend to work towards achieving your goals, while this document is roughly the thickness of a letter to Santa Claus: wishes upon wishes, without a shred of suggestions on how to achieve them (many of the desired, let it be said, would be achievable only with a magic wand and lots of luck). The document is divided into seven thematic areas. I propose a commented selection of the pearls that I have found here and there.

Single market and trade: besides a slaughter of the concept of the precautionary principle, my favorite point is vulgar protectionism disguised as protection of SMEs.

Any commercial policy decision, detrimental to the interests of small and medium-sized enterprises, must be abandoned [Any decision? First say that you can no longer decide anything]: action must be taken to safeguard the excellence of Made-In from the negative effects deriving from import [The excellences of the made-in are more than anything else threatened by imitations, and the Regulation on the surveillance of the internal market which proposes the introduction of the mandatory indication of origin, the famous made-in in fact, does not deal with food products, but so be it]. We want to minimize the import of competing products such as Tunisian oil, Moroccan oranges, Ukrainian wheat and Asian rice [and Starbucks coffee? In my opinion, Americans take offense if you leave them out], based on European production and market absorption capacity. The effects of international agreements must be estimated by comparing impact studies at European level, developed by independent authorities [Which independent authorities? The Commission is required by law to conduct impact assessments for each legislative proposal it intends to present. Which independent authority should redo the work?], and impact studies at national level [So the work done by the Commission and the phantom independent authority then has to be done a third time by each individual Member State?], made public and disseminated to citizens of the Member States [This is already the case. It's all online. Ever heard of ec.europa.eu?]

Economy and monetary union: it's not my field, so unlike the M5S I avoid pontificating. I limit myself to noting the ingenious suggestion to "provide for a profound review of the economic constraints contained in the treaties and a broad public debate that ends only with the referendum approval in the member states", proposing in practice to force them all to convene a referendum to approve any changes to the Treaties - even when their constitutional structure does not provide for proceeding in this way. Among those states, however, there is also Italy. Ops.

Schengen, immigration: according to the M5S, we must "work on the causes to prevent the phenomenon of landings: yes to the arms embargo [but didn't they want to support made in Italy? Mah], no to destabilization operations in the Middle East and Africa, yes to sanctions for multinationals that violate human rights in third countries [It escapes me how the laudable intent of forcing Nike to monitor the conditions of the workers who make its shoes in Bangladesh affects the humanitarian corridors in the Mediterranean. But I'll be shortsighted]. We also report the flashback of the sirocco proposal, originally proposed by Di Battista, that the request for asylum be made "in the country of origin" of the applicant or, if this was not possible (never tried to queue in a office in Somalia? A disaster, look. Worse than the Post Office), in the transit one. At the end of the page, of course, we do not miss even the hateful wink to the equation immigration = terrorism risk.

Foreign and Defense Policy: admire the poetic contrast of the first two paragraphs, which respectively invoke the "[i] immediate suspension of all agreements and repatriation to non-EU countries that violate human rights", and the "[r] immediate imposition of sanctions on Russia ". Who said that Grillo is no longer a comedian?

European budget: this section is perhaps the worst, and it's not that the competition isn't fierce. The M5S claims, in order:

Substantial reduction of the European budget with drastic cuts in the salaries of parliamentarians, eliminating all forms of benefits and privileges [I've heard this before. And in any case given how little they affect the total, even drastic cuts in the salaries of MEPs will certainly not lead to a "substantial" reduction in the EU budget]. Elimination of the triple seat Brussels-Strasbourg-Luxembourg [If you also calculate the seat of the Court of Justice, then why leave out the ECB's in Frankfurt?] and removal of all non-productive European agencies [Who decides which ones are "non-productive"? With what criteria? Mystery]. Abolition of funding for EU propaganda (single currency, propaganda against Russia, fake news and more) [Bold added. Would fake news be EU propaganda? And what does “other” cover? Chemtrails? The vaccines? The moon landing?].

Hold on tight, because we're not done:

European funds must be programmed on the real needs of the territory and in tune with the government program of the 5 Star Movement [Bold added. In other words, does the Commission have to get you to approve the destination of the structural funds from Brussels? I stop laughing in 2020]. We want transparency and public planning of calls [Let me introduce you to TED ].

Ability to "decide and direct": the quotation marks are in the original, I think because they were the first to not know what the message of this section should be, which I report in its entirety and which in fact is not exactly clear. Maybe they called it that because they wanted a catchy phrase like "Serve and protect". Go find out.

The European Union must put citizens back at the center of decision-making power by increasing their representativeness and democracy. Its policies must not be imposed from above but screened by the will of the people, expanding and strengthening the use of all instruments of direct and participatory democracy of proven usefulness [Which? The sacred blog?] Today's examples show that when citizens were able to express themselves, they very often rejected the policies of the Union [Very often? I await the long list of examples in which citizens, on the basis of extensive and informed debates, have rejected the policies of the Union. I make myself comfortable]. We need greater transparency in the EU decision-making process, primarily as regards the Council, and a redistribution of power among the institutions: the European Parliament, the only democratically elected EU institution (The Council is made up of representatives of national governments who are also democratically elected, but okay. The Commission is not elected because the administrative bodies are not elected. When did you last vote to renew your competent registry office? Exactly], is still too marginal in the decision-making process [Sure. In fact, what was called the codecision procedure has been renamed the “legislative procedure ordinary“, Precisely to underline the fact that the EU legislative process now starts by default with the Parliament on the same level as the Council. Plenty of marginality].

Energy, matter and resilience: I could mock them for having written "matter" where they meant "raw materials", giving the little book a certain flavor of a metaphysical treatise, but I don't want to rage. I could also notice how those who have reread this page have not noticed the at least strange formulation "This situation puts all European citizens in a condition of extreme vulnerability, which puts a strain on the real economy, security, long-term prosperity e the absence or absence of economic conflicts, wars or social tensions, both inside and outside our territory [emphasis added] ", but I don't want to rage. Where instead I intend to rage is on the pathetic closing paragraph, which reads:

We therefore want the peoples of Europe to coexist as a real resilient and peaceful community, economically stable and capable of self-maintaining with low energy intensity and reduced mining activities, placing itself outside conflicts for resources and responsibility for climate change.

Which in current Italian translates as: we want to go back to the age of bartering and we have not understood that climate change does not stop at the border, just as we have not understood many other things. But that's not new.


“…. On pedagogues (I would add) above all this: that or are provided with a broad culture, which I would like to be the first concern, or are aware that they are not caught.
There is nothing worse than those who, having gone a little beyond the most elementary knowledge, have put on the wrong persuasion of possessing a culture. In fact, not only are they indignant at having to give up the function of teaching, but also, as for an alleged right of superiority, on the basis of which this kind of individuals swells with arrogance, despotic and at the same time angry they are relentless in teaching their stupidity….
So Quintilian in the Institutio Oratoria: first of all it was necessary to train educated and aware teachers.

Second TacitInstead, the decline of the schools of rhetoric was not a question of good teachers, but a political problem, to be connected to the lack of democracy and the decline of Roman society, dominated by the despotic imperial Julio-Claudian family.

Two thousand years ago, a discussion on the school certainly more advanced than what is being done today in Italy, which has referred, from time to time, to the arrangement of precarious teachers, to the hierarchy, to the severity, to the vote in conduct, to the intervention of the Ministry of the Interior (recently), which perceives students as a threat, as subjects to be tamed, not as people to be put in contact in a critically interested manner with the boundless contemporary knowledge banks.
Never has knowledge been so pervasive, never has school been so closed.

The Italian school appears too centered on teachers and little attentive to the individual characteristics and improvement needs of students. Teachers should learn to listen. Even a teacher should accept a fundamental principle of physics, the principle of least action, which regulates the motion of bodies. That is, even a teacher should work for "know the principles, the structures, the tendencies of things and of men and of nature, so well that they can use the minimum amount of energy in dealing with them "(Paolo Bartoli). Unfortunately, not even a minute is devoted to getting to know the pupils and their life context, to the individual interview.

Einstein advised: "Most teachers waste time asking questions that aim to find out what the pupil does not know, while the true art of doing questions aims to find out what the pupil knows or is capable of knowing”.
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H. Gardner "Teachers should spend less time grading students and more time ad help them identify and nurture their natural skills and talents. It's still:“Any concept is worth teaching in at least five different ways (approaches narrative, logical-quantitative, philosophical-conceptual, aesthetic, experiential), which trace the plurality of intelligences ".

The school should educate to understanding, that is, teaching to: increase curiosity, raise problems, stimulate participatory observations, express appropriate questions, formulate hypotheses, conduct relevant experiments, overcome the infantile phase of intuition, study and design in a systemic and creative way.Therefore, it is necessary to pass to formal education only after having aroused the interest in understanding.
According to the merciless tests of the OECD, which have seen Italian students repeatedly placed at the bottom of the ranking, the improvement of methods of reading and understanding texts, mapping of contents, of the application of mathematical models to physics, of the use of scientific knowledge in solving real-life problems.

In post-industrial society, hierarchical relationships change. In a systemic approach to knowledge, to be successful, teacher and pupil should teach and learn together. Vertical structures are not built, but horizontal, based on constant research, on teamwork and the exchange of information, on individual and collective creativity, on the growth of self-esteem, on the enhancement of emotional intelligence, on the ability to seek alternatives, to establish priorities, to set goals, to manage one's own time.

Incomprehensibly a number of excellent ed updated teaching and motivational techniques they are widely used in the business world, but they do not manage to penetrate the school world at all. Too often the creativity is banned from school, to make room only for the boring repetitiveness of the logical-analytical practice, for which at school the conviction is injected that creativity is a mysterious gift, possessed by a chosen number of individuals and not, instead, simply one of the modalities normal and constructive with which human thought is expressed, especially in advanced development societies.

The great scientific revolution of the 1900s showed that, if you like teach life, one should try to understand not only the single things (Cartesian reductionist method), above all the relationships between things (even if more correctly it would be necessary to speak not of static things, but of processes, as the physics of W. Hejsemberg or N. Bohr or, again, F. Capra teaches us). The new scientific method has transformed the way we perceive the world, but is still waiting to produce consequences on Italian scholastic knowledge and culture.

Often the so-called failing pupils have one learning style inconsistent with a notional teaching approach (auditory or visual). A restless pupil could be a kinesthetic, ready to play in an amazing way on a computer or to draw or to act or to create, because he prefers an experiential approach to knowledge. Finnish schools (first in OECD tests) foresee an extended exercise of dexterity, for which various types of workshops are useful (sewing, carpentry, iron, etc…., which for us could be terracotta, baskets, mechanics, electrical engineering… ..). Meanwhile, for twenty years of school an Italian student does not use his hands, with rare exceptions, the grip of which has led to the strengthening of the brain. I would like to point out that brain studies have amply shown that an individual's perception of the world is closely related to the status of his motor activities.

And in any case, excellent and simple techniques to improve the ability to listen or observe, to motivate should not be neglected.

Parents, for example, should be summoned to school when their child does well, to boost his self-esteem. In my experience, the presentation by pupils to parents of projects successfully carried out by the class gives very positive results for the growth of self-confidence.

In short, in the era of the information revolution, in which knowledge becomes globalized and pervasive as never before, the Italian school cannot react by closing itself down.

It would therefore seem appropriate to reflect on the following priorities for the school:

  • Increase in teachers' working hours to 35 hours per week, as happens throughout Europe, for a school that is also open in the afternoon, for co-presences, for the common work that teaches human solidarity and recomposes useful knowledgeand that it makes sense, to dedicate to one student at least one hour (.) of confidential interview and individual and plan together a pact for improvement. The school, with the consent of all the trade unions, sees the working time fragmented until disintegration, with the result that it is paid little, because the "additional" services are not clearly recognizable, while the old advantage has gradually been eroded. corporate to devote more time to family or profession. And the neurosis increases ... ..
  • Recomposition of knowledge, which overcomes the Cartesian reductionism of the sealed compartment disciplines, to understand the complexity of the internal relations of systems. It might be useful, for example, to start in Velia acenter of recomposition of ancient and modern knowledge, which offers material for reflection on pre-scientific and scientific-experimental methods of the ancient world and of the Hellenistic age in particular.
  • Government of group dynamics, necessarily related to the approach to the complexity of knowledge and problems that can no longer be solved individually.
  • Specific and historicized study of scientific method.
  • Open cultural education to Europe and the world (very interesting, for example, some Indian mathematics texts).
  • Improvement of methods of reading and understanding texts, mapping of contents, of applying mathematical models to physics, of using scientific knowledge in real life problems.
  • Historicization and highly experimental approach to scientific disciplines.
  • Deepening experimental of physics, chemistry, mathematicsof the twentieth century and their relations with the whole of contemporary culture .
  • Strengthening in the programs of the mathematical logic.
  • Creation of short stories and poems of mathematics and science, for a pedagogy of the contemporary imagination, which also motivates scientific learning.
  • Compulsory education at the separate collection and recycling, especially in a region like Campania, if it is true that from Einstein onwards mass imprisons energy (E = mc²) , so there should be no conceptually "waste".
  • Greater consideration of communication and content aspects in language teaching compared to the purely grammatical approach (this applies to English, but also to Latin).
  • Mastery of English, new information technologies and critical educational use of the internet.
  • Change of history and geography books anchored to biological determinism, to access a diffusionist vision, according to which the different civilizations have not evolved separately, but have benefited from complex connections, with evolutions and involutions.
  • Introduction in Latin anthologies of large spaces for authors such as Vitruvius, Cato, Varro, Columella, Celsus, Copernicus, Galileo ………. Think of the role played by Vitruvius in humanism and in the Italian Renaissance and in world culture, but his texts circulate in Italy in too expensive editions and rarely appear in passages that are not at all significant in anthologies. Not to mention Galileo .........
  • Gradual overcoming of textbooks and creation / strengthening of libraries (including digital ones) and media libraries (think of the possibility of drawing on RAI) of the institution, the classroom and municipalities internet, youtube are inexhaustible sources of materials at no cost, obviously to be selected critically. The list of links of major cultural interest may appear on the institute's websites.
  • Teaching and support for pupils in difficulty trough Internet, especially in remedial courses for students commuters with difficulty in moving to homes very distant from the school.
  • Teaching of the art history in all high schools of the Beautiful country, to make it clear that the harmony of proportions was also obtained through mathematical calculation (the study of golden section is neglected ... ..).
  • Extension of the teaching of music, also to deepen his relationship with mathematics.
  • Solid psycho-pedagogical training of the teachers, with particular regard to new studies on emotional intelligence, on creative thinking, on Neuro Linguistic Programming, on new learning methods (mind maps ...), with more intense interest in the international scenario.
  • Obligation (not clearly legislated today) for teachers to attend courses in training scheduled.
  • Specialization of excellent secondary institutes also for the training of professionalism useful to the territory: in a national park such as that of Cilento, the training system for cadres for ecotourism, for bio-agriculture, for the protection and enhancement of cultural and environmental heritage, for naturalistic engineering, for new information technologies, could be structured, for energy saving and the use of alternative energies ... ..
  • Study of the territory, in a network logic, for ecological corridors, according to an ecosystem approach.
  • Enhancement of the capacity of to observein a participatory way (according to Bohr's principle of complementarity) the processes, through a strong didactic use workshops, excursions and stages. It would be more useful to first observe, even the illustrations of the text, then graphically represent what has been observed, ask questions and then study. The human brain has learned for two and a half million years mainly through observation and only for about three thousand through the alphabet. Therefore guided tours and educational trips would go scheduled at the beginning of the school year and not in the spring, even with an economic advantage of families and tourism.
  • Preservation of the most successful study projects in one institute database, which can be accessed via the internet.
  • More substantial investments for rehabilitate and renovate school structures, Hadesadapting them to contemporary cultural and educational needs, with the creation of laboratory-museums.
  • Identification in the class councils, not only of the objectives, but above all of the priority, working as a team at construction of the process and taking responsibility for the results.
  • System of evaluation of institutions, calibrated above all on the results of the students in the higher levels, on the results of training projects of teachers, on the quality and frequency of workshops and participation in stages, on the internal circulation of ideas and projects, on the educational use of the internet, on Youtube .
  • Creation of an individual evaluation system founded on continuous improvement, which puts it in the center sharing between pupil and teacher of the aims and objectives, knowledge of the student's learning styles (i.e. auditory, visual, kinesthetic), development of transversal skills, emotional intelligence (i.e. self-awareness, motivation, levels of self-esteem, self-mastery, empathy, interpersonal skills), renouncing once and for all the idiotic nineteenth-century evaluation of conduct. The grade would come to measure a planned process, which pupil and teacher share and sign in a pact for improvement of personal behavior and cultural understanding. (at school I set up and experimented with cards in this sense).

The school, in fact, should teach to understand, not to satisfy the bureaucratic need to answer questions. What young people often lack, especially those in marginal and at-risk areas, is not only the ability to read, write and count, but the ability is the method of reading or listening or observing to understand e the desire to read and observe in a participatory way.
But is it really true that everyone should be interested in a school that teaches understanding? Governments and teachers included? Or are we facing a political crisis that produces a crisis of professionalism (and on the contrary, in an interdependent way), as in the times of Tacitus and Quintilian?

Furthermore, when referring to a systemic analysis, it makes no sense to exhibit data on the best school functioning in industrialized areas (which emerges from all available data) rather it would be useful to specialize in modern ones psycho-pedagogical techniques the most motivated personnel and assign them to areas of greatest social emergency, engaging them with incentives on targeted projects.

The data confirm that we have a school that often generates penniless people, which neither socially nor culturally promotes the children of the poorer classes, indeed Italy is the country with the lowest social mobility and this, it seems to me, should be related to a falling gross domestic product, as well as to class discrimination.

Italian society does not require more advanced services from schools, schools do not stimulate society to improve. The system tends to reach its equilibrium towards stagnation or recession.
It would seem appropriate to me to recall the words of Antonio Gramsci: "Therefore an intellectual and moral reform cannot fail to be linked to an economic reform program, indeed the economic reform program is precisely the concrete way in which every intellectual and moral reform presents itself".

Prof. Giuseppe Cilento
Teacher
and retired
Former MIUR employee
at the Liceo Scientifico Statale L. da Vinci
of Vallo della Lucania (SA)


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