Rosalia Caimo Duc

The grooming method for organic Lomellina rice.

Rosalia Caimo Duc after graduating in agriculture, although not coming from a family of farmers, decides to devote herself to the cultivation of rice and opt for a method in her opinion more respectful of the environment and more stimulating from a professional point of view, preferring to the conventional system the biological one.

Her reference point, from which she drew part of the knowledge necessary to start organic farming, are the Cascine Orsine di Bereguardo, the first known example of post-Green Revolution organic rice farming.

The grooming technique, which she adopted, is the result of a research funded by the Lombardy Region and carried out by the National Rice Authority between 2007 and 2008. Rosalia's choice in favor of organic farming is connected to the observation of cycles of nature and the desire to avoid methods that treat the earth as an inert substance.

Today the Terre di Lomellina company, headed by Rosalia, is part of a vast network of organic rice producers who strongly believe in a process of transformation of the rice production chain, mutually supporting each other and encouraging the accession of new members through sharing not only of knowledge but of sales channels and equipment.

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Geographic information

Country: IT

Region: Lombardia

City: Candia Lomellina

Suburb: Via Roma 72


Rosalia Caimo Duc

Date of birth: 08-22-1961
City: Novara
School: University
Profession: Farmer
Languages: Italiano

Document by: Luca Ghiardo
Video by: Luca Ghiardo
Created: 28-01-2022

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Over time, each territory has built original ways in which to relate to the fruits of its land, enriching them with rituals, symbolic meanings and culinary customs. Much of these relationships have been lost following the years of the economic boom, with the exodus from the countryside to urban centers, with the advent of agriculture for mass production and ultimately with the globalization of markets and the consequent impoverishment of the heritage of biodiversity and ethnodiversity.

The purpose of this archive is to collect evidence relating to the main rice production area in Europe, that is the Po Valley, and to investigate, through the analysis of textual sources and testimonies collected in the field, both what survives of this heritage, and the ways in which which has evolved and reached us, paying particular attention to the explicit and implicit links that bind food and health.

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