Thought For Food
The Frontline Club Unites With Castello Di Potentino To Create New International Symposium
Live-streaming link Saturday 8 June Frontline Club, London from Castello di Potentino, Tuscany, Italy.
Themes to be discussed include:
- Crime and Fraud in Food
- Humanitarian Aid, Immigration and Global Food Policies
- Extinction Rebellion
- Food Policies
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.
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, Berlin, 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 4-11 June 2019, we will be joining the symposium by live link here in the Frontline Club.
Guests at the first Frontline-Potentino Symposium will include: the Economist’s John Hooper, Human Rights lawyer Terry Collingsworth, Founder of Rococo Chocolate Chantal Coady OBE, and social innovators Nelson and Maggie Reiyia.
Castello di Potentino is an ancient castle built on an Etruscan site. It lies in a secret valley in one of the last undiscovered corners of Tuscany – Monte Amiata. The medieval building is surrounded by unspoilt countryside, dotted with the vines, and ancient olive trees used for the estate’s small production of wine, grappa and oil.
Bought and restored in 2000 by the Greene family, today the castle is operating as a dynamic cultural centre. Agriculture and viticulture are about growing and living, so eating and drinking well are an important element in the Potentino ethos which is concerned with the sustainability of how one inhabits a place and relates to it physically and mentally.