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“Shared Meals and Food Fights: Geographical Indications, Rural Development, and the Environment”

May 9, 2018

The latest Environment and Society featured article is now available! This month’s article—”Shared Meals and Food Fights: Geographical Indications, Rural Development, and the Environment”—comes from Volume 2 (2011). In their article, Fabio Parasecoli and Aya Tasaki highlight relevant issues within the global debate on geographical indications as they relate to food products, and they explore the environmental impact of geographical indications and their potential in ensuring the livelihood of rural communities in emerging economies and promoting sustainable agricultural models.

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The first Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) was Côtes du Rhône, approved in 1937, for the Rhône wine region. Each wine-producing area was entitled to create rules to discipline its viticulture (grape varieties that could be used, their proportion in the allowed blends, the aging methods, and so on), within general guidelines imposed by the central authority (photograph by Megan Cole via Flickr, CC BY 2.0).

The first Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) was Côtes du Rhône, approved in 1937, for the Rhône wine region. Each wine-producing area was entitled to create rules to discipline its viticulture (grape varieties that could be used, their proportion in the allowed blends, the aging methods, and so on), within general guidelines imposed by the central authority (photograph by Megan Cole via Flickr, CC BY 2.0).


FABIO PARASECOLI is a professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University. His research focuses on the intersections among food, media, and politics. His most recent projects focus on food design and the synergies between food studies and design. After covering Middle and Far Eastern political issues, he wrote for many years as the US correspondent for Gambero Rosso, Italy’s authoritative food and wine magazine. Recent books include Bite Me! Food in Popular Culture (2008), the six-volume Cultural History of Food (2012, coedited with Peter Scholliers), Al Dente: A History of Food in Italy (2014), Feasting Our Eyes: Food, Film, and Cultural Citizenship in the US (2016, with Laura Lindenfeld), and Knowing Where It Comes From: Labeling Traditional Foods to Compete in a Global Market (2017).

AYA TASAKI is a queer immigrant activist and native of Japan with bicultural roots. She earned her MA in international affairs from The New School. Her thesis focused on US immigration policies, inspired by the work she does with the Audre Lorde Project surrounding the queer people of color community. She has contributed to the Kathmandu Post and Y! Magazine while doing research on migrants in Nepal.

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