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Do you give food to the poor? You will pay less tax – Italian Cuisine


A municipality in Valle d'Aosta decided it: the discount is reserved for commercial and productive activities that give food to associations that deal with needy people for at least twice a year.

Do you give food to the poor? You will receive one discount on the waste tax. It provides for the change to the regulation of the Tari that was approved in recent days by the municipal administration of Pont-Saint-Martin, municipality of Valle d'Aosta.

A nice idea

It was the deputy mayor Fabio Badery, councilor with responsibility for social policies, to present the proposal, which then is nothing more than a national standard which provides for the application of a 'rate reduction coefficient' for commercial and production activities who produce or distribute food and "that for free give, directly or indirectly, such food goods to the needy and to people in greater need or to animal feed". And that therefore, at the same time, they also reduce waste of food.

In order to receive a refund (which may vary depending on the amount of food donated to the charity), the activities will have to donate for at least twice, to associations that deal with people in need or animals in difficulty, more than 50 kilos of food and submit, by 30 April of the following year, a simple card request, with the attestation, filled in by the donor bodies, indicating the quantity of food given as gifts.

The Municipality will apply the reduction of the waste tax (about 20%) or reimbursement directly to the donor's current account. A truly linear and fast procedure. «The limits are deliberately reduced and the particularly streamlined bureaucratic part to allow access to this recognition to all the activities concerned, "explains the municipal administration. «Even those of small size and therefore less structured.

Brexit, the British prepare with the food emergency kit – Italian Cuisine


It's called Brexit Box and contains 60 freeze-dried meals expiring in 25 years, a water filter and a device to light the fire. The exit panic without agreement from the EU is unleashed in Britain

A maxi kit with the necessary for survival: 60 freeze-dried meals, 48 ​​servings of meat, a water filter and a device to turn on the fire. And the Brexit Box, and many Britons have bought it in these days, in a hurry, with the fear of not being able to have the basic necessities.

Panic among the British

Last night the agreement on Brexit, which regulates the exit procedures, a result of two and a half years of negotiations between the Theresa May government and the European Union, was rejected with 432 votes against (and 202 in favor). A new draft is expected for next Monday. But the British know that as long as Parliament does not approve the agreement on Brexit, Britain will run the risk of leaving the European Union without guarantees. And the no deal it could have repercussions on the British economy. It is a hypothesis that terrorizes citizens: convinced that such an eventuality could be translated into lack of food and medicine, have unleashed one procurement race.

To buy one Brexit Box, launched in December by Emergency Food Storage, you spend the equivalent of 330 euros (but there is also the deluxe version of about 700). "Brexit could potentially be an emergency," CNN James Blake, co-owner of the company, told CNN. "We are in an unprecedented situation. The Brexit Box gives people the idea of ​​being able to control something when they can not control what is happening around them. "

Meanwhile, Dave Lewis, head of the supermarket chain Tesco, announced last week that he was working with suppliers to store canned food and non-perishable goods if they left the European Union without an agreement. On social platforms, such as Twitter and Reddit, or on Mumsnet parents' forum, users are sharing lists of products to stock up on.

How things really are

But they are unfounded fears: the "Financial Times" reported that according to the Government provisions are not necessary and, indeed, could to trigger panic. So much so that the London Metropolitan Police told CNN that concerns about the shortage of goods could lead to "a significant increase in customers" in supermarkets and suggested that stores should try to organize a security plan to "minimize requests for intervention by law enforcement agencies due to crowds or queues in shops ".

Meanwhile, Blake said that to buy the Brexit Box are people of all social classes, from the employee to the CEO: every day, on average, 25 are sold. "What we wanted to do is create a kit with everything". Among the products, which have one shelf life of 25 years, there are cans of macaroni with cheese, "bolognese" pasta and chicken tikka. Blake says he lived for a week eating only the Brexit Box foods, adding that "they are also pretty good".

The fonio, super cereal, becomes Novel Food – Italian Cuisine


Traditionally cultivated in West Africa, it is rich in starch and resembles millet and quinoa: gluten-free, it can be used for the production of gluten-free bread and pasta. It requires little water and grows well even in dry soils

It looks like millet and quinoa, it is a "modern, gluten-free, high-value-added" food: the fonio (digitaria exilis) is a super cereal of 5 thousand years, cultivated in West Africa, and now it has been approved as Novel Food by the European Food Safety Commission. For EFSA's food safety experts, who have classified it as "traditional food from third countries under Article 14 of Reg EC 2015/2283 adapted to our diet", there is no doubt about his safety.

The basis of nutrition
For many local African populations, fonio has always been the main food: peeled, can be consumed as couscous, in a mix of fonio and rice or as porridge. But they too had neglected their production: they preferred to import it, because it is so small (the seed is not longer than 1.5 millimeters and tends to detach from the ear to disperse in the ground) that its processing, mortar and pestle, is rather complex, it is long and low yield. So the fonio has been forgotten for a long time, without ever being valued. Now we have introduced new machines that break the grain, but they are not very performing.

The rediscovery

The first in Europe to bet on the fonio was Gabriele Fortunato, founder of Obà Food Srl, who managed the whole process to make it a Novel Food. It started by promoting the development of small local farming communities, improving working conditions, promoting sustainable agriculture and helping producers become more competitive on the world market.

But to value the fonio has also thought about it Pierre Thiam, the «new king of African cuisine, a Senegalese chef who regularly uses it in his exclusive dishes, prepared for his New York customers. And that also presented it as a bulwark in the fight against climate change: resistant to dry weather and drought, the phonio has a limited environmental impactor, it requires little water and grows well even in dry soils, unlike other cereals, such as wheat. Thiam defines it as "the cereal perfect for the lazy farmerbecause it is enough to throw the seeds that grows by itself ". No need for chemicals.

Gluten free

The fonio contains on average 85% of carbohydrates, 10% protein and 4% fat, is rich in starch, has a taste just sweetish, characteristic and integral. Flour, it is added to rice flour or corn flour. It has a triple fiber and double iron compared to brown rice, contains minerals and is a source of vitamin B. It is gluten-free and rich in essential amino acids that are not present in other cereals: they are nutritional characteristics that make it an interesting complete ingredient, suitable for the production of gluten-free foods. Once ground, you can use it to prepare baked goods, such as bread and pasta without gluten. We have to bet: we will hear more about it.