Italy’s Minister of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Forestry, Francesco Lollobrigida, has highlighted the importance of protecting Italy’s food system and the relationship between food, land, and traditional work. In a recent interview on TG1, he emphasized that this relationship has been fundamental for millennia and is essential for maintaining the quality and safety of food not just for Italy, but for the entire planet.
Lollobrigida also expressed concerns about synthetic food, which he believes is far removed from Italy’s traditions and does not guarantee the principles of food safety and quality. He highlighted the need to protect workers, agricultural entrepreneurs, and citizens’ right to consume good quality food.
The Minister discussed the recent approval of a bill by the Chamber which prohibits the production, marketing, and importation of cultured meat and other synthetic food in Italy. He noted that these types of food are not currently permitted in Europe and have not been adequately tested or experimented with. Lollobrigida expressed optimism that the European Union will reject the possibility of producing, importing, and marketing these synthetic foods, as the European Parliament has already rejected such procedures with cross-party votes.