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19-Jan-18 14:43. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Environmental Risks to Italy's heritage sites

Italy is one of the more tremor-prone countries on earth with heritage sites everywhere exposed to every risk including volcanoes and floods.

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19-Jan-18 14:40. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Italy's largest businesses by Turnover

According to a recent study on the Italian companies with the highest turnover in the period 2016-2015 carried out by “Medio Banca”, large and medium size Italian companies resist to foreign competition in 5 sectors out of six, but foreign groups are gaining ground

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19-Jan-18 14:38. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Italy's Green Economy

The green economy is the best answer to the crisis and a challenge for the future. This was demonstrated by the numbers of “GreenItaly 2017”, the eighth report on Italian green economy by Fondazione Symbola and Unioncamere.

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29-Nov-17 13:03. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

The 2017 Tiramisu World Cup

Italy is not going to the football World Cup but for the first time ever it had its first ever Tiramisù World Cup, which was held in Treviso on 5 November 2017. The competition awarded the best production of one of the nation’s favourite desserts. 720 people competed for the title of World Champion of Tiramisù in 6 meeting locations in the province of Treviso.

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06-Nov-17 14:15. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

The tin of tomato sauce supply chain

When we buy a tin of tomato sauce we don’t often think about the labour process which allowed its creation, along the entire supply chain. We are becoming increasingly aware of the ingredients of the products we buy, but do we really know if the labour involved complied with the protection and security of the workers? The tomato industry has been frequently accused of taking advantage of migrants forced to work in slave-like conditions. In July 2015, Abdullah Muhammed, a 47-year-old legal Sudanese immigrant died from a heart attack while working in the fields of Nardó, in southern Italy. Allegedly the man would have been saved if he had been allowed to see a doctor. Muhammed worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week, without breaks, with no access to medical staff and earning an average of €30 a day.

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06-Nov-17 14:11. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Truffle prices rise due to scarcity

A bad start for the truffle season: there are few available and at a high price. The white truffle stock market gave them on average at 35 euros per kilo and 45 euros for the most prestigious types, a peak price recorded only during bad harvests. This is going to be one of the worst seasons ever because of the summer drought. However, the Truffles available are healthy dry and scented and the most famous truffle fair in Italy, the white truffle Fair in Alba, has already recorded only in its first weekend more than 10,000 participants.

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06-Nov-17 14:09. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Healthcare Tourism in Italy?

Dental care in Eastern Europe (Croatia and Hungary), Hepatitis C. treatments in India, assisted procreation in Spain and gender selection in Cipro. These are some of the most popular healthcare tourism destinations. Italy is now willing to step into the market. The country is planning to capitalise on its recent ranking as the world's healthiest nation in the Bloomberg Global Health Index of 163 countries, as well as underlining the added all-round benefits of Italy's culture, tourism and Mediterranean diet. The idea is to promote Italian medical expertise to private patients from non-EU countries. According to Italy's minister of foreign affairs Angelino Alfano the non-profit Health in Italy network - a concept which originated at Rome's Policlinico Universitario Campus Biomedico - could result in an increase in health turnover of over €5 billion a year.

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12-Oct-17 12:15. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Wild Boar Population soaring

Italy has been facing a wild boar emergency in the last years, as their number has increased invading also big cities. Wild boar is an important animal in Italy. There are many dishes in the Italian tradition based on the meat of wild boar: wild boar stew, ragù, and sweet and sour wild boar, just to name a few. In the early 1900s the wild boar was only in some areas: the Maremma Tosco-Lazio, Gargano, Abruzzo, Calabro-Lucano Apennines, Sardinia. Since the 1960s, the wild boar was repopulated due to the introduction of European wild-boar species. Another reason for the increase in the wild boar population was farmland being abandoned leaving more space for wild animals.

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12-Oct-17 12:12. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Climate change bringing new cultivations to Italy

According to the farmers’ association, Coldiretti, climate change brought new cultivations to Italy, such as bananas, finger lime, and sturgeon caviar. Together with new food there are also old specialties reintroduced by farmers and now included in the “Made in Italy” products. The “manna” the biblical food sent by God to save the Jewish population during the desert crossing, is now cultivated by Sicilian farmers. The manna is extracted from the ash tree. Every day, in summer, in the country side around Castelbuono and Pollina, the ash trees bark is incised to let their sap flow and dry, to obtain the “manna”, particularly popular among the local people for its medicinal properties and its nice and sweet taste. Another product which is now included in the “made in Italy” is mulled wine of roman origins. It is produced by boiling mush of red and white grapes in copper vats, left to ferment and rest for years in wooden barrels. Then there is hydromel, considered the oldest fermented drink even older than beer.

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12-Oct-17 12:10. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Brexit and likely impact on the Italian academic community in the UK

The Embassy of Italy in the United Kingdom conducted a survey among the Italian academic community in the UK to understand if there are already explicit consequences of Brexit. Interesting data emerged: 82% of Italian academics in the UK, participating in the survey, are willing to relocate in another EU country, and many are concerned about discriminations in grant concessions to EU researchers. Italians are the second largest foreign academic community in the UK. Between 2014/15 and 2015/16 academic years, there was a significant increase in the number of Italians in UK universities. Since Brexit was announced the survey suggests a trend among some Italian academics to start looking for new opportunities outside of the UK. There are almost 6,000 Italians working in UK universities, the survey analyses the responses of 632 of them. Of these, 82% (i.e. 518) are considering to leave the UK, largely as a consequence of Brexit.

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