In the last couple of weeks, I have been hosted at the Institute for Food Laws and Regulations and at the Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics of the Michigan State University.
I had a talk about “Market Scenarios of Traditional and Novel Food Products” addressed to academics and students in the area of food and nutrition science. I explained what the difference between a traditional product and a geographically indicated one is and the different protection approaches in the US and Europe. Considering the importance of Geographical Indications (GI) in the food sector as one of the oldest forms of Intellectual Property protected by law. How did they evolve over time?
The seminar also addressed the Italian sounding phenomenon and counterfeiting and discussed how policy recommendations should help consumers choose food products based on its real characteristics and not false slogans and claims.
Finally, I explored what novel food products are and how to be integrated along with traditional food in the same market, especially, the new and growing niche market of edible insects.
The presentation was followed by a tasting of Parmigiano Reggiano PDO and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena. I deeply want to thank the Consorteria dell'Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale - Spilamberto MO and Consorzio del Parmigiano Reggiano.
Here you can read the press release about my visit.