Florence, Italy: Global Seminar
Sustainable Food Production and the Mediterranean Diet
Have you pondered the relationships between the food you eat and the environment, culture, health, politics and ethics? How food is produced has profound consequences.
Spend a month living in one of Europe's top cities and immerse yourself in examining the food culture of Mediterranean Italy and the global importance of sustainable food production. A small town tucked in the hills of Tuscany and straddling the River Arno, Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance. It boasts not only historical treasures, renowned art museums, and stunning architecture, but also a genuine appreciation of simple, beautiful and mouth-watering cuisine. It will be our home base as we explore the Mediterranean diet, traditional food values, and sustainable production techniques in the Italian regions of Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna.
You'll attend stimulating lectures on Italian gastronomy, the Slow Food Movement, wine history and production, and engage in basic Italian language study to help you navigate the area and your cultural food adventures. Group excursions will allow us to visit food production facilities for cheese, balsamic vinegar, prosciutto, beef and pasta, as well as vineyards, wineries, a honey farm and small gelato 'laboratory'.
Join us as we cook together, eat together and contemplate questions such as "Can a Mediterranean Diet make us healthier?"
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