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Edgar H. Meyer

Journalist, environmental historian, and author of “I pionieri dell'ambiente" (The Environmental Pioneers) published by Carabà edizioni and "Storia ambientale" (Environmental History) published by Teti editore. He is director of the book series "Ecoalfabeto-I libri di Gaia" (Ecoalphabet-The Books of Gaia) published by Stampa Alternativa.
 
 
Edgar H. Meyer su Expo Milano 2015

12 May 1803: Justus von Liebig, meat extract, and the Law of the Minimum

Culture / Edgar H. Meyer
© Heritage Images_Corbis

A controversial but influential nineteenth-century figure, the German chemist Justus von Liebig is considered one of the fathers of modern chemical-based agriculture. The relevance of his thinking on the importance of organic material in the soil, to be maintained by means of organic fertilizers to supplement those of the artificial kind.

15 April 1452: Leonardo da Vinci, a Precursor in the Kitchen

Culture / Edgar H. Meyer
Leonardo da Vinci img rif e cover

The archetype of the Renaissance Man, Leonardo da Vinci could not but turn his hand, and mind, to what we eat and how we prepare our food.

April 1, 1755: On this Day, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Author of the Physiology of Taste, is Born

Culture / Edgar H. Meyer
Brillat Savarin

A precursor of modern-day gastronomy, Brillat-Savarin was an early example of an intellectual who addressed the challenge of thinking about people, food, and society.

February 27, 1861, Rudolf Steiner, the father of biodynamic agriculture is born

Sustainability / Edgar H. Meyer
Rudolf Steiner

Thanks to Steiner, farms have been "redesigned" in a holistic fashion: no longer self-contained entities, but systems based on wide-reaching relationships, with the soil seen as a source of life, together with the earth and the cosmos.

February 2, 1926. Luigi Veronelli: singing the praises of wine and the land

Culture / Edgar H. Meyer
© Sandro Fabbri

Connoisseur of good wine and food, chef, journalist, writer and publisher, Luigi Veronelli was the forerunner of common expressions and points of view that have become part of household conversations. He led bitter battles to safeguard diversity in agriculture and food production and played a key part in the widespread promotion of Italian food and wine.

February 2, 1913. Masanobu Fukuoka and the One-Straw Revolution

Sustainability / Edgar H. Meyer
Masanobu Fukuoka

Mimicking natural processes. Working with nature instead of trying to overcome it. Founder of Natural Agriculture, Fukuoka teaches us that few agricultural practices are really necessary.

December 15, 1944. Chico Mendes: the man and the forest

Sustainability / Edgar H. Meyer
Chico Mendes

Brazilian trade unionist, politician and environmentalist, he became an international symbol against the deforestation of the Amazon, for the struggles of indigenous peoples and for sustainable development.

August 22, 1647. Denis Papin and the pressure cooker

Innovation / Edgar H. Meyer
papin e la pentola a pessione

French physicist and inventor and an intensely modern man who lived three centuries ago, he is considered one of the forerunners of the modern steam engine and in particular, the pressure cooker: he made ​​a particular digester that allowed food to be cooked correctly, quickly and with limited use of gas.

February 4, 1906. Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, the father of bioeconomy

Economy / Edgar H. Meyer
Nicholas Georgescu- Roegen

Starting in 1970, Georgescu-Roegen developed a new approach, called bio-economy, based on the analysis of the economic system as an integral part of the environment, and therefore subject to the principles of physics and biology.

November 9, 1914: Thomas Berry and the new ecozoic era

Culture / Edgar H. Meyer
thomas berry

As one of the fathers of deep ecology, Berry advocates an ecocentric change of western society that recognizes the history of the Earth as a single sacred text of ecospirituale, and a holistic vision of the world, whereby everyone agrees to live with awareness of their own bioregion.

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