Valeria Siniscalchi will present a lecture on “Environment, Regulation and the Moral Economy of Food in the Slow Food Movement” (5:30 pm-7pm, Herter 101) in the seminar of Jacqueline Urla "Culture, Politics, and Heritage in Europe » (Departement of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003)
This paper will explore the process that has made Slow Food a social and political movement involved with environmental issues and from there upon the imbrications between environment, economy and legality. More particularly, the analysis will deal with process of labeling and valorization of small, endangered, "high quality" products. These products, defined as presidia, are instruments to protect the environnement and to create new economic and political spaces. Moreover, through presidia Slow Food becomes an actor in the conflictual processes of regulation of food production. The presidia synthesize the existing tension in the movement between an ideal dimension and concrete action, between economy and ecology and between market and utopia.