Crowdfunding day #23

Albania, noiembrie 2011, cand a plouat enorm..
In jurnalul de transhumanta am notat atunci: „.. pe la 4-5 cand se intorceau oile am iesit afara. Am facut fotografii, am asteptat situatii bune si dupa un sfert de ora am intrat in stana mai mult decat leoarca, nu stiu sa mai fi fost vreodata atat de ud. Imi simteam pantalonii grei de apa, nu mai tin minte senzatia asta sa ai hainele grele de la atata apa. Ciobanul aroman Thanas Gega mi-a zis „A, te-ai udat!”.
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4 Iul 2015

Crowdfunding day #22


Am facut aceasta fotografie dupa ce am mers cu ciobanii Hristo si Panos Apostolina la drumul lor de toamna: de la munte la campie. Dupa o seara ploioasa, o noapte ploioasa si inca o zi ploioasa am ajuns pe campul unde urmau sa doarma; acolo era o padure mica mica si cu o iarba incredibil de verde, un verde flourescent cum nu am mai vazut in Grecia. Dar nici o asemenea ploaie nu am mai vazut in Grecia. Hristo mi-a spus: „Din anii ’50 nu au mai avut o toamna atat de friguroasa si atat de ploioasa.”

Am nimerit bine…

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3 Iul 2015

Crowdfunding day #21

Am facut aceasta fotografie in decembrie 2007 cand am mers cu prima familie de ciobani.
In 2008 aceasta familie mi-a spus ca renunta la Transhumanta. De aceea proiectul se numeste „Ultima transhumanta”.
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2 Iul 2015

Crowdfunding day #20

Tot din nordul Italiei, tot cu birocratie.. In postarea de ieri am scris „Birocratia europeana este o problema pentru multi ciobani.”. Iar azi am primit de la Slow Food e-mail-ul de mai jos; ei scriu printre altele: „Many cheesemakers have to face challenges linked to bureaucracy and production and marketing costs on a daily basis.”..
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Tot e-mail-ul de la Slow Food:

„Slow Food on Powdered Milk in Cheese: Italian Ban Must Be Kept, and Extended to Other EU Countries

The European Commission has sent an official letter to Italy asking for it to abolish the national law banning the use of “milk powder, condensed milk and reconstituted milk” in the manufacture of dairy products. According to Brussels, Italy must conform to the European regulations that allow these ingredients, and the current Italian law prohibiting these milk surrogates represents a “restriction on the free movement of goods.”

In Slow Food’s opinion, this imposition is not only wrong and detrimental to the protection of biodiversity, but Italy should in fact become an example for quality European cheesemaking. We need to work towards greater awareness at a European level, with the aim of bringing the laws of other countries in line with the Italian legislation.

“We hope that the Italian government will defend this law,” said Piero Sardo, the president of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity. “After the chocolate without cocoa butter and the wine without grapes, big business is now trying to attack another key sector of the Italian food industry, with a race to the bottom. If this new demand is accepted, Italy’s quality dairy sector, already crushed by too-low milk prices and the challenges facing those who farm in the mountains, will suffer severe consequences. Slow Food has been fighting for years to promote raw-milk cheeses, mountain cheesemaking, traditional techniques and native breeds. Our commitment dates back to the first edition of Cheese, in 1997, when we began gathering signatures on a petition in favor of raw milk, which was then delivered to the European institutions. The best producers from around Europe will be in Bra this September to join us in the fight against this latest absurdity and to work towards the Italian example being extended to the rest of Europe.”

Slow Food has long been working to protect traditional, artisanal, quality dairy products. Many cheesemakers have to face challenges linked to bureaucracy and production and marketing costs on a daily basis. We must defend this type of production and fight the trend towards the standardization of ingredients, techniques and provenance. This is why it is essential to provide information about the origin of products, for example by paying closer attention to food labels, giving consumers a better understanding and allowing them to make conscious decisions about what to eat and, consequently, what type of farming they want to support.”

1 Iul 2015

Crowdfunding day #19

In nordul Italiei
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Birocratia europeana este o problema pentru multi ciobani..

30 Iun 2015