The legacy of Italy’s mondine—the women who historically weeded the country’s many rice fields—is agricultural, cultural, culinary, and above all, political.
At the time of the rice harvest in Italy, a reflection on the devastating effects of this year’s drought on Italian farmers, as well as our global food system.
The broken rice narrative is one about survival, nourishment and colonization for West African and Vietnamese lives.
Rice, a staple meal in Nigeria, has gradually become a luxury item as government policy continues to affect the price and distribution of this food item.
Five women reflect on what rice means to them personally, culturally and economically as food industry leaders.
In Italy, rice is as integral to the country’s culture as pasta. On her Tuscan farm, Ariane Lotti carries a tradition of rice production with an effort toward more ethical and sustainable practices.