by Claudia Flisi, Washington Correspondent US-Italy Global Affairs Forum_
Italy was recently named the top nation for good food (by Taste Atlas Awards) for the second year in a row. We talk with Barbara Nappini, president of Slow Food Italia, about her organization’s role in preserving food quality and biodiversity, and how politics has become increasingly important in Slow Food programming.
Barbara Nappini was born in Florence in 1974, and worked for a multinational fashion company there until 2010, when she moved to a farmhouse in the Tuscan countryside. She studied permaculture and experimental agricultural techniques, and founded the Il Grano e le Rose association. In 2012 she discovered Slow Food’s “Terra Madre-Salone del Gusto” and her life changed. Two years later, she became a member of Slow Food’s Tuscany Executive Committee and of the National Council. She attended the Slow Food International Congress in China in 2017, and has taught in Slow Food’s “Orto In Condotta” and “Pensa che Mensa” projects. In July 2021 in Genoa, she was elected President of Slow Food Italia.
Claudia Flisi is a bicultural freelance writer based in Washington DC. Her stories have appeared in the International New York Times, Newsweek, Variety, Fortune, The Economist Intelligence Unit, airline magazines, and many others. She headed the Johns Hopkins alumni association in Milan for a decade, and has been active in SAIS alumni affairs. She has visited more than 100 countries, fallen off horses on six continents, and trained dogs in three languages.