Rome, Italy

Food Waste in Italy

online course
when 22 June 2020 - 24 July 2020
language English
duration 5 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee USD 851

In Italy, food is celebrated, and many Italians cite the pleasure of eating and sharing meals as core cultural values.However, even with its long history of attention to regional and national cuisine, and veneration to taste and authenticity of food, less attention has been paid to the fact that a great deal (around 14.5 billion USD) of food goes unused.The Italian government is hoping to change this phenomenon. A recent (2016) Italian law requires that markets donate "usable" food to reduce waste and feed hungry people.In this course, studentswill study these issues by analyzing current research, conducting fieldwork, and looking at current implementation of the law. Students will work (through interviews, observation, and partnerships with community recovery agencies) to analyze where, when, why and how the line is drawn between food and food waste in Rome and the impacts and consequences of these categories.

The course, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Experiential onsite activities will be replaced with similar online experiences such as cooking classes, virtual tours, online discussions and interviews.

Some activities may be in Italian with English translation.

Target group

Undergraduate and graduate students interested in food studies, sustainability, food production, food systems, marketing, nutrition, psychology, and related fields. Scholars, researchers, and professionals in food-related fields are encouraged to inquire.

Credits info

3 EC
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Fee info

USD 851: Please contact for more information.
USD 600: Optional transcript fee (one fee for this and other courses completed during the summer 2020 program)


By participating in the summer online program, you will get a discount of $1,000 for future enrollment in an onsite (in Italy) 2020 fall program, or for onsite (In Italy) 2021 spring or fall program.