The Thought for Food Symposium took place at Potentino in June 2019 in collaboration with the Frontline Club in London. 


We won't have a society if we destroy the environment. Margaret Mead

Many individuals are doing what they can. But real success can only come if there is a change in our societies and in our economics and in our politics. David Attenborough

Food is the basis of community and civilisation. Many of the world’s current problems can be ascribed to food systems and agricultural policy: revelations about child slavery in this week's Washington Post are eye-opening.

We will be looking at the issues hidden in every mouthful we eat. 
The general public, politicians, and even businesses are becoming more conscious of the damage done to the planet and its myriad causes: exploitation of non-renewable resources, industrial farming, climate change, pollution, and the population itself. Nature is evidently intrinsic to modern human life. For some, the countdown to doomsday has already started. Now, the new ‘frontline’ is all around us – it is our environment.
Internationally renowned journalism pioneer, the Frontline Club, and food and culture hub, Castello di Potentino, are teaming up to highlight these issues and address them through a series of talks: live streaming from medieval castle and farm estate in remote Tuscany to London, and other international locations, transmitting the rural directly into a variety of urban situations, while keeping an increasingly isolationist UK in touch with discussion in the EU. The first symposium will take place 7-11 June 2019.
The collaboration weds Potentino’s food and wine mission to Frontline’s journalistic expertise with the aim of creating a dynamic, constructive debate around what we eat, agriculture, the natural world, and how we receive information about it through the media.  

The Programme

Friday 7 June
Wine Tasting and Introduction to Potentino
Across the Big Blue Sea
Good Intentions and Hard Lessons in an Italian Refugee Home.

Author Katja Meier in conversation with Karen Robinson, Editor at The Sunday Times

via YouTube


A Recent History of Migrants in Italy
Discussion with Wolfgang AchtnerJournalist, documentary filmmaker, photographer, and professor

Saturday 8 June
Can humanitarian assistance help mend broken food systems? 
Discussion with Frances Kennedy, Communications Officer WFP, on the role of the UN World Food Programme in the face of growing hunger crises.
Slave and Child Labour
Discussion with Terry Collingsworth, Labour and human rights attorney, whose article on Child Slavery in the Chocolate industry has just been published in the Washington Post.

The AgroMafia
Discussion with Michele Fino, Associate Professor of European Legal Roots, University of Gastronomic Sciences

Documentary screening: The Dark Side of Chocolate 
Presentation with Miki Mistrati, award-winning documentarian

On Institutional initiatives dealing with migration
Discussion with Ben Mason and Francesca Lionetti 
Ben Mason, Researcher and project leader at Better Place, leading work on digital innovation around refugees and migration 
Francesca Lionetti, Project Manager, Intercultural Cities, Council of Europe
Salmon Nation and Ecotrust
A discussion with Ian GillWriter, filmmaker, and social entrepreneur

(Live Streaming from Canada)

Iran to Italy
Discussion with Kamin MohammadiWriter, journalist and broadcaster specialising in Iran
Author of Narrative fare: how food tells the stories of our lives, culture and identity
The Great Debate: What are we really eating?
A discussion of global food policies and how they affect us chaired by John HooperItaly Correspondent of The Economist
Also streamed to the Frontline Club

Sunday 9 June
Documentary screening: Shady Chocolate
Presentation with Miki Mistrati, award-winning documentarian
The Politics of Water
A discussion with Zach WhiteConsultant - Water Portfolio at Oxford Policy Management

Hunger, the Food System and Climate Change – Insights from Pakistan and India
Discussion with Harry Johnstone, Writer, researcher Libya

Sustainable innovation
Discussion with Nelson and Margaret ReiyiaSocial innovators and conservationists

Sustainable Social Innovation on a Large-Scale
Discussion with Ric Young, Social innovator, founder of The Social Project Studio

Curing the Limbo – making refugees into equal citizens
Discussion with Amalia Zepou, Athens vice mayor for civil society and innovation
The New Organic Alto Adige, Mals project
Live Streamed Discussion with Philip Ackerman-Leist 
Dean, School of the New American Farmstead

The Dark Side of Cheese
Cheese making demonstration and discussion with Lorenzo Messana & Francesca Ruffaldi, of Caseifico Murceti, Cheese and milk product producers

Contemporary Restaurant Culture
Discussion with Luca Farinotti 
(streaming from Parma)
Author and restaurant manager