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Book: Memorie di futuro

The book titled "Memorie di Futuro - La tradizione agroalimentare di Lavagna ieri, oggi e domani" (Memories of the Future - The agri-food tradition of Lavagna yesterday, today and tomorrow) was written to keep alive the peasant memory of the area and to promote the territory and the local products. The preface was written by Piercarlo Grimaldi, Rector of the University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo (Cn).

The historical/anthropological research of the author tells the story of the city of Lavagna (Ge) of the last two centuries dividing it into three zones: Entella, Cavi and Entroterra. In each chapter he tells about the life of the peasant community and their relationship with food, the territory and the environment. The penultimate chapter deals with pagan and religious festivities and shows a research of the ethno and biodiversity of the city. The book concludes with a sustainable development project for Lavagna.

"To conclude this introduction, I like to remember that through this study I wanted to demonstrate that with the fundamentals of food one can also study the fundamentals of life, that the science and history of food can also become the history of a territory: because it is true that eating is an agricultural act, but it is equally true that cultivating is a gastronomic act. By maintaining the memory of tradition it is possible to project a community towards the future because, as Euripides said: "He who loses the past is dead for the future". For this reason, the title of my book is "Memoria di futuro".

- Introduction of the book "Memorie del Futuro" (Memories of the Future)

Paolo Passano also has a deep love and respect for tradition that he demonstrates in his book, MEMORIE di FUTURO, published in 2014, where he evokes the almost lost agri-food traditions of his city Lavagna.

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“Ma chi scrive un storia, scrive per i futuri che per i presenti, e le generazioni passano con rapidità e le cosa ora attuali scorrono velocemente, fansi antiche, e presto ne passa perfin la ricordanza.”- Giuseppe Ravenna, 1879