Archive for the ‘Human Interest’ Category

Nutella turns 50!

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Both literally and figuratively one of Italy’s sweetest success stories, Nutella this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. Company legend has it that the first ever jar was consumed on May 18th 1964.
From the little town of Alba in north western Italy, the chocolate-hazelnut spread has grown in popularity to become a global phenomenon. Now produced in 11 factories worldwide, 5 of which are in the EU, 365 million kilos of it were sold last year.

From Parc de Sceaux in France to Gorky Park in Russia, millions of fans were celebrating its half century last weekend. There were special festivities in its home country, with a huge free concert featuring pop star, Mika, in Naples’ Piazza del Plebiscito.

(first broadcast on Inside Europe, Deutsche Welle Radio 23rd May, 2014)

The Riviera Romagnola: Italy’s favourite beach without sea

Monday, May 13th, 2013

The people of Romagna prove that, even without crystalline waters, they can still attract the tourists.

(First broadcast on From Our Own Correspondent, BBC Radio 4, 25th August, 2012)

Fukushima two years on

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Yoko Sudo is a 32 year old farmer. She’s the leader of the Fukushima branch of the Slow Food movement. Slow Food is a non-profit organization with members throughout the world. It was set up to counter the fast food culture and protect biodiversity, food cultures and traditions, and sustainable eco-friendly practices.

After the earthquake and tsunami of 2011, Yoko’s world completely fell apart with the ensuing meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

98% of Japan’s rice has now been declared free of nuclear contamination, crucial for their rice-based diet and the sak√© tradition, for example. But for many farmers in the area nearest to the nuclear reactors, the situation is still critical. Most are uncertain about the future.

Yoko told me about what she used to have, what she has lost, and what she hopes to salvage of the land she still loves.

(First broadcast on Living Planet, Deutsche Welle Radio, January 3rd 2013. Rebroadcast for International Women’s Day and the anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster)