When “defense of the land” is used for nationalist purposes

When “defense of the land” is used for nationalist purposes
When “defense of the land” is used for nationalist purposes

Published on June 17, 2024 at 3:03 p.m. / Modified on June 17, 2024 at 3:27 p.m.

Italy wants to put the brakes on Nutri-Score to defend its culinary heritage. This is also the case for many cheese umbrella companies, which are working to ensure that their products are exempt from the five-color logo. Meanwhile, social networks are seeing the emergence of influencers who defend the region. So many weak signals of “gastro-nationalism” on a European scale, a discourse that Denis Saillard, associate researcher at the Center for the Cultural History of Contemporary Societies at the University of Versailles/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, has been studying for twenty years.

Le Temps: In order to slow down Nutri-Score, the Italian government of Giorgia Meloni proposed amending its constitution to protect products “which symbolize national identity”. How is gastronomy a marker of cultural and national identity?

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