Association/Company: Dipartimento di scienze e tecnologie agroalimentari – Università di Bologna
Giuseppina Pennisi è ricercatrice a tempo determinato junior presso il Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agrarie dell’Università di Bologna. Ha conseguito il dottorato di ricerca nel Dicembre 2019 presso l’Università degli studi di Torino, in cotutela con l’Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena (in Spagna), con una tesi dal titolo LED lighting for indoor cultivation of leafy vegetables and herbs. I suoi settori di ricerca sono: l’agricoltura urbana, la coltivazione fuorisuolo, il vertical farming, l’illuminazione artificiale. È coinvolta in vari progetti europei tra cui “FoodE – Food systems for European cities”.
Soilless growing solutions and food security
In response to urban population growth and reduced resource availability, new forms of
agriculture are emerging that can also be developed in urban environments. There is a diversity of
farming systems in different regions of the world, with technology levels varying in response to
the local socio-economic context, infrastructure networks and environmental conditions. In the
developing economies of the Global South, the most interesting innovations include simplified
hydroponic technologies; while, in the Global North, innovative solutions for growing plants also
include rooftop greenhouses and indoor vertical farms with artificial lighting.
Toward more sustainable, resilient and community-driven urban food systems: experiences from the European project FoodE – Food systems in European Cities
The EU project “Food systems in European Cities – FoodE” (H2020-862663) aims to encourage the development of local or regional food systems in the city-regional context by supporting their design, implementation and evaluation.
Under FoodE, fifteen pilot projects are being implemented in eleven European cities and serve as demonstration and first application of innovative solutions in commercial and social contexts, co-designed from the bottom up.
These initiatives range from small-scale fisheries and low-tech gardens to agricultural parks, high-tech semi-industrial greenhouses, and vertical farms, in rural, coastal, and urban agglomerations.