Il filo blu della vita

Relegare il valore dell’acqua ad una sola dimensione, ad un solo aspetto di vita non è solo un inganno, ma una pericolosa non curanza.

L’acqua è la base della vita nella sua complessità, dal macrocosmo al microcosmo, regolando la vita sulla Terra ma anche il nostro stesso organismo, di cui è la maggiore componente. L’acqua è un diritto umano universale in sè, assicurando sopravvivenza e dignità, ma anche fondamento indiretto per assicurare cibo, nutrimento e salute, aspetti mai così urgenti come in questo periodo di pandemia e disfunzionamenti. L’acqua può arrivare a dividere popoli, ma in molti casi unisce comunità…


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The fil bleu of life

Relegating the value of water to only one dimension, to only one aspect of life is not only a deception but a dangerous disregard.

Water is the foundation of life in its complexity, from the macrocosm to microcosm, regulating life on Earth but also our own organism, of which it is the major component. Water is a universal human right in itself, ensuring survival and dignity, but also an indirect basis for ensuring food, nutrition, and health, aspects never so urgent as in this period of pandemic and dysfunction. Water may divide peoples, but in many cases, it unites communities…


THE VALUE OF BIODIVERSITY #4

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Preserving biodiversity is crucial, no question.

And although we are sadly used to associating this necessity with the current state of natural depletion and drastic decline of marine, terrestrial, and agrifood biodiversity, there is an aspect that is perhaps less obvious and immediate.

Humans too are part of this biodiverse richness.

Our species, at risk of extinction in the long run, is enriched by a plurality of colors and morphologies, races and ethnic groups, cultures, and languages, such as to make our Planet a varied representation of human diversity.

Preserving human heterogeneity is therefore as crucial as preserving natural biodiversity.


The value of biodiversity #3

Since its very beginning, humankind has relied on natural resources to survive. After nomadism, agriculture has provided the most ancient and traditional form of human sustenance. Through the domestication of wild animals and plants, from ancient Egypt to China and from Mesopotamia to Mesoamerica, cultivation and agriculture developed in several parts of the globe almost 10,000 years before Christ. However, the great differentiation of climate, culture, landscape, and geology led to a wide variety of crops, foods, and production techniques, many of which still constitute immense historical and cultural heritage.

Beyond providing mankind the essential…


The value of biodiversity #2

Still today, the vast majority of life below water is unknown and unexplored. To that, physical distance from the oceans fades the potential of creating a deep connection with marine biodiversity and its functioning. Especially for those living inland, whether in the city or the countryside, it is difficult to even imagine what exactly lies within our seas.

“You will love the ocean. It makes you feel small, but not in a bad way. Small because you realize you’re part of something bigger.” — Lauren Myracle

Starting from this premise, what exactly is marine biodiversity?

When everything is deeply interlinked


The value of Biodiversity #1

Nature offers the greatest representation of richness, prosperity, and variety. It does so through its fruits, its gifts: the biological diversity, better known as biodiversity. Far beyond terrestrial and marine biodiversity, the variety and variability of life on Earth embrace “diversity within species, between species, and of ecosystems” (Convention of Biological Diversity). But how much do we really know about biodiversity and its functioning?

The aim of this series of articles, of which this is the opener, is to lead the reader towards the beautiful complexities, interconnections, and harmonies at the basis of Mother Earth. Why should we protect biological…


Water impacts, influences, and shapes several dimensions and contexts at the foundation of our current way of living. In the previous Water for Earth articles, we have investigated the central role of water within diplomatic balances and governance; in the adaptation process towards climate and environmental changes; as a unique track at the basis of social relationships, touching traditions and identity; and within our domestic and urban environments. In recognition of World Water Day, I would like to conclude this group of articles by analyzing a dimension that crosscuts all the previous ones: the relationship between water and prosperity.

The costs of water inefficiencies

“When…


Waste is a man-made concept. It reflects our current inability to value resources or to creatively re-purpose them. In nature, everything that is not used by something or someone becomes a resource for something else.

In contrast, our high-tech and hyper-globalized society still needs to improve this aspect, which is at the foundation of the way we conceive our economy and live our daily routines.

Water is not exempted from these premises, as a confirmation of the current paradoxes affecting this precious and fragile resource. In a previous article here, I have already stressed some of the main challenges related…


Future Food Institute strongly believes in the importance of preserving water as a way of preserving life, biodiversity, landscape, and all the different dimensions touched by this precious resource. For this reason, among the Initiatives that FF is committed to for 2021, one specifically relates to Water Safety and Security.

“Culture should be regarded as the permanently evolving set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual, and emotional features of society or a social group. It encompasses — in addition to art and literature — lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions, and beliefs.”


The relationship between man and nature has deeply changed in time. The progress of civilization and search for new comforts have often corresponded with faster rhythms, wider urbanization, instant benefits, and heavier rates of natural exploitation. This has happened almost to the point of forgetting our ancient sense of belonging, the inseparable bond we have with nature, which eventually ensures our survival. Has also our relationship with water changed?

Water is the pillar of life: without water, a person can survive only three to four days. Starting from this truth, in 2010, the UN General Assembly formally recognized the right…

Erika Solimeo

Environment & Ocean Activist & Researcher. Water & Nature-rights focused. Opening minds to the Future of Food. @Ffoodinstitute #FutureFoodKnowledge

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