07-Nov-16 12:06 - By Giulia Lombardo

Chestnut Shortage?

The Italian farmers' organization Coldiretti declared that a combination of unfavourable weather and the attack of parasites has led to a huge drop in the chestnut production this year, hitting a historic low. This year only 20 million kg of chestnuts are expected to be produced. The average production in the early 2000's was around 60 million and a century ago the amount was 82 million.

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07-Nov-16 12:04 - By Giulia Lombardo

Olive grove to block new gas pipeline?

An Italian olive grove near the town of Melendugno, in the Puglia region, stands in the way of a pipeline destined to bring gas from central Asia to the EU. This pipeline designed to bring gas from central Asia and help wean the European Union off its dependence on Russian energy is going to cause the removal of 10,000 olive trees to allow a trench to be dug for the pipeline. The trees will be replanted later on.

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11-Oct-16 16:40 - By Giulia Lombardo

Italy's first fertility day

The Italian health minister Beatrice Lorenzini introduced the first “Fertility day” a state-sponsored event informing people about family planning and health issues which may harm female and male fertility. The campaign was accompanied by twelve posters which provoked harsh criticism on behalf of the public. The campaign and the overall initiative caused polemics due to the posters considered offensive by most of the general public and some politicians. Italians are having increasingly less children. The lowest birth rate since Italy united as one country in 1861 was recorded last year. The data is alarming because since the 1960s, Italy's birth rate has halved to 488,000 babies born in 2015.

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