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Italy | 8 August 2016
New Italian law encourages supermarkets to give unsold food to the needy

About one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption – 1.3 billion tons – is wasted. At the same time, while much of the world is still struggling with food insecurity. Even in ...


Italy | 4 August 2016
Italy tackles food waste with law encouraging firms to donate food

Italy has made it easier for companies and farmers to donate food to charities and is encouraging greater use of “doggy bags” at restaurants as part of a legislative push to curb the epidemic of food ...


Italy | 24 March 2016
Farmers protest as prices slump for 'Made in Italy'

Thousands of farmers took their tractors to a rally in southern Italy on Wednesday to sound the alarm over plummeting prices of prized Italian goods and demand mandatory origin labelling. "We are h...


Italy | 15 March 2016
Angry farmers protest across Europe

Thousands of farmers have been protesting in cities across Europe during the past week in a bid to convince the European Commission to help them as markets fail. One by one every sector of the agri...


Italy | 11 March 2016
Italy farmers upset as EU moves to lower tariffs

Italy‘s farming lobby was Thursday protesting a looming decision by the European Union to lower tariffs on more olive oil imports from Tunisia as a way of supporting fledgling democracy in the North A...


Italy | 19 February 2016
Italy bets on agriculture and invests €21M in sustainable-biotech

Italian agriculture is booming with Innovation. To boost the creation of cutting-edge products and increase competition between businesses, €21M has been provided by the Italian government to fund sus...


Italy | 18 February 2016
Italy's mafia harvests big gains from agriculture

Italy's mafia has infiltrated huge swathes of the country's agriculture and food business, earning more than 16 billion euros ($6.7 billion) in 2015 from the industry, according to a study released on...


Italy | 17 February 2016
EU help for farmers is coming, but not yet

The current slump in the dairy and pig meat sectors requires “an EU-wide response”, the form of which will be decided at the next meeting of farming ministers in March, said agriculture commissioner P...


Italy | 5 February 2016
Cheesed-off Italians swap bank bonds for Parmesan

A dairy cooperative in Italy has raised €6 million after selling bonds guaranteed by huge wheels of Parmesan cheese. “We already have some loans but, after a certain point, the banks don't want to ...


Italy | 28 January 2016
Dairy producers turn to pope for milk of human kindness

European dairy producers said Wednesday they had gained Pope Francis’ support for efforts to shore up the price of milk in Europe, which has been badly hit by over-production. Members of the Europe...


Italy | 21 December 2015
Italy defies EU order to fell diseased olive trees

Italian prosecutors said on Saturday they have blocked an EU order to axe thousands of olive trees affected by a deadly bacteria and placed 10 people tasked with tackling the disease under investigati...


Italy | 1 December 2015
Italy farmers call for Christmas blacklist of planet-polluting food

Italy's farmers on Sunday called for Alaskan salmon, Californian nuts and Peruvian asparagus to be banished from the nation's Christmas tables to support efforts to stop global warming after the Paris...


Italy | 30 November 2015
Italy farmers call for Christmas blacklist of planet-polluting food

Italy's farmers today called for Alaskan salmon, Californian nuts and Peruvian asparagus to be banished from the nation's Christmas tables to support efforts to stop global warming after the Paris cli...


Italy | 11 November 2015
Italian farmers besiege dairy corp with cows & tractors

Thousands of Italian farmers are continuing to blockade a multi-national dairy products corporation near Milan for the third day running, demanding a price increase for their milk. The farmers are ...


Italy | 9 July 2015
Farmers angered after Italy culls 45 olive trees

Italian authorities have cut down 45 olive trees in an effort to combat a strain of bacteria killing olive trees in southern Italy, the EU's second biggest producer of olive oil, in a move that has an...


Italy | 11 June 2015
Iran’s major agriculture hub attracts Italians

An Italian producer of agriculture equipment is investing in Iran’s northwestern Moghan which is a major hub in the country’s food industry, local media report. The Nardi Group will soon open an o...


Italy | 19 January 2015
Genetically modified wheat is in the works again, but are we ready for it?

At the heart of Monsanto’s global research operation is a structure with a rather ordinary name. But on the fourth floor of Building GG is a room where the future of wheat may be changing. The faci...


Italy | 6 November 2014
Italian floods hit agriculture, draw accusations of neglect

Floods coursed through Italy on Wednesday, damaging agriculture and reviving a controversy over environmental neglect. Italy's agricultural heartland in the fertile north was particularly heavily h...


Italy | 24 October 2014
Italian agriculture suffers serious losses amid Russian ban

Temporary import restrictions on cattle, swine and poultry by-products imposed by Russia will cost Italy 3.2 euro (some $4 million) a year, Coldiretti, a major association of Italian agricultural prod...


Italy | 3 October 2014
Italian growers investing in greenhouses to protect their crops

The French greenhouse manufacturer Richel has already been working for 25 years in Italy, with the main market being that of vegetable production. Arnaud Franceschini, regional director of exports, ex...


Italy | 1 September 2014
Italian farmers call for bear to be shot

An Italian brown bear has 'gone rogue' and is now indulging in killing for killing's sake, farmers in the Dolomite mountains claim. The male bear, nicknamed "Blondie" for its pale fur, has killed d...


Italy | 27 August 2014
Italian farmers call for reintroduced brown bears to be shot

One bear killed four donkeys in the mountains of northern Italy, while another mauled a man who was out looking for mushrooms – now Italians are wondering where the next rampage will come from. A s...


Italy | 2 June 2014
Exports soar as Italy's rice fields find 'niche markets'

The rice fields around Vercelli in northern Italy stretch as far as the eye can see with the snow-capped Alps behind. The first shoots coming up will eventually end up as fragrant risotto on gourm...


Italy | 29 May 2014
Paltry fine for poultry criminals

Scottish egg producers have been 'slapped in the face' by the small fine imposed on Italy for ignoring EU rules on battery cages. Italy was found guilty last week of failing to comply with rules ou...


Italy | 28 April 2014
Farmers in Italy want an end to bear hunting ban

Arriving home late at night at the guesthouse that they run in the mountains of Italy’s South Tyrol region, Markus and Karin Kerschbamer knew instantly that something was wrong. Instead of being gr...


Italy | 1 April 2014
Italian firm buys WA dairy company

Italian dairy giant Parmalat has bought control of Western Australian milk and fruit juice company Harvey Fresh. Harvey Fresh, established in the farming town of Harvey, south of Perth, in 1986, is...


Italy | 20 March 2014
Mafia-glorifying food must stop, say Italian farmers

Celebrating the mafia through food brands named for mafiosi, such as Al Capone pasta or Don Corleone liqueurs, is in very bad taste and must stop, Italian farm organization Coldiretti said Wednesday. ...


Italy | 17 January 2014
Farm machinery and sustainable agriculture must evolve together

Farm machines have revolutionized agriculture and reduced drudgery for millions of farm families and workers, but the machinery of tomorrow will have to do more than that – it will also have to contri...


Italy | 19 December 2013
Italy’s ‘pitchfork’ protesters demand government’s resignation

Thousands of protesters furious about high unemployment and a political class they regard as corrupt rallied in central Rome on Wednesday demanding the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Enrico Let...


Italy | 11 December 2013
Italian farmers stage nationwide protest

Tension escalated in Italy as groups of farmers, truck drivers, and other anti-government demonstrators have staged a nationwide protest, causing major transport disruption in the north of the country...