This year's huge increase in price was driven by climate change coupled with lack of rain.
After completing a master’s degree in Sustainable Mountain Development at University of Highlands and Islands Scotland, Griffiths became a ‘mountain writer’ writing for The Huffington Post and smaller publications, reporting on mountain issues with a focus on mountain foods.
In Italy she lectures in Culture and History of Food in Italy and Post-productivism in Rural Environments, and works as translator for Monti Sibillini National Park. Her first non-fiction book, “Walking in the Sibillini, A Celebration of a Distinctive Mountain Culture” was published 2014, available in Italian and English. With a background as a scriptwriter, having had her plays produced professionally in London, Berlin, Los Angeles, and Toronto, as well as five commissioned film scripts, Griffiths is now concentrating on mountain writing within an environmental anthropological perspective.
When we moved from being four-legged creatures to standing on two feet, a psychological shift is presumed to have taken place. Blumenberg argues that by standing upright we developed the ability to an...
09/13/2017 10:25 EDT
Homage is being paid to one of the greatest goddesses of the past, in the mountains of Central Italy. The Cybil or Cybele was the Magna Mater, the Mother of the Gods in the far east and then later in...
06/19/2017 08:58 EDT
In Italy eating wild plants has been central to the diet for the majority of the population from the fall of Rome until the end of WWII. Why is it becoming popular again, and how has it been sustainab...
05/11/2017 03:15 EDT
What is it like to be born into one of the most well known truffle cultivating families in Italy? I spoke with Vanda Angellozzi, 26 years old and the youngest female following in the footsteps of five...
04/13/2017 03:41 EDT
An endangered endemic creature is now the mascot for a fashion line. In the heart of the Sibillini Mountains, Central Italy, lies Pontius Pilate's lake. This isolated lake, located at 1940 metres, was...
03/13/2017 02:26 EDT
In Italy recession is becoming a way of life. For example, the 'GDP Growth Rate in Italy averaged 0.60 percent from 1960 until 2016' http://www.tradingeconomics.com/italy/gdp-growth and today the ec...
02/17/2017 08:06 EST
Maria Sonia Baldoni is a charismatic founder of a social movement that is rapidly growing and now becoming international. This movement offers a unique approach to sustainable living in harmony with the environment, a new kind of economy, and a rewarding lifestyle.
01/06/2017 05:22 EST
Although mountains are always moving imperceptibly, what happens in a national mountain park -- when the earth moves under your feet? The series of earthquakes in Central Italy beginning in August 201...
11/29/2016 11:59 EST
The white truffle is the most prized and commands the highest prices -- in 2006 it is reported to have sold for the same price as gold. The taste is subtle but lingering and summons the musty and savoury associations of Italian harvest.
10/13/2016 04:40 EDT
Why would a high-end, design and manufacturing company choose to be located in a mountainous area? Dolce Vita design and create fashionable leather goods, which sell all over Europe. They are based o...
08/18/2016 05:45 EDT
We all know many reasons not to eat meat: because of cruelty to animals, particularly within the industrial farming production system, or human health reasons due to chemicals, growth stimulants, herb...
07/29/2016 01:20 EDT
Studies have shown our taste for foods is created by cultural and learned experiences as Petrini (2001), Duruz (2003), Bell and Valentine (1997) and the well-known food writer Montanari (2006) describ...
06/20/2016 10:42 EDT
Think of Italy and one thinks of food, but not many people think 'mountains.' Yet mountains remain a principle source of the traditional, handcrafted food production Italy is famous for. And nowhere is that more true than with honey production.
05/24/2016 05:26 EDT
In the Middle Ages, roveja still endured as the staple diet eaten in the form of a "puls," which is an ancient Roman-style of porridge and consumed with a savoury sauce on top. Over time roveja was forgotten. By the 1990s only a few local people remembered roveja, and some found the plants growing in gullies or near streams.
04/19/2016 12:55 EDT
Central Italy is a mountainous area with fascinating, high quality food and wines yet due to the cost of transport and import restrictions seldom do these unique products reach the Canadian market where they would be greatly appreciated.
03/04/2016 05:35 EST
My search for authentic truffle recipes, not found on the Internet nor in cookbooks, brings me to some inspiring places. Here, in the heartland of truffle culture, in the Central Apennines, I knew I would find something special because this is the only place where truffles can be eaten fresh all year round.
02/05/2016 05:00 EST
If you use a truffle sauce at home you are using chemicals called dimethylsulfide and or bismetiltometano which are petrol chemical based and designed to replicate the smell and taste of truffles. Unfortunately this also happens with almost all truffle oils, or if one eats in a restaurant hoping to economize.
01/22/2016 02:27 EST
When North Americans make their first visits to Italy, they tend to go to the famous cities (Florence, Venice, Rome, etc.) and then maybe take in the landscape of Tuscany or the Alps. In Europe, where...
11/09/2015 03:23 EST
Generally slow adventures are offered in remote or fragile environments, like mountains. There is an ecological aspect to it, to preserve and conserve the beauty of the environment. This links to Baby Boomers' reported need for beautiful and unspoilt.
10/13/2015 01:09 EDT
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