The general economic crisis that has lasted for over ten years in Italy has
transformed consumption into a luxury. The article illustrates the quantitative and qualitative elements of peasant or small-scale agriculture.
Its weight and its economic, employment, social and cultural value remain
hidden from the country and the dominant culture, as well as from
public policies. The resulting collective imagination replaces agriculture
with food and the peasant with the cook. The peasant becomes an
advertising container. The benefits that peasant agriculture guarantees to society need to be appropriately recognized and valued within an appropriate and specific legal framework- This is necessary to ensure the
maintenance of a social fabric that otherwise risks disintegrating and
that continues to be based the production structure of peasant farming.
This structure resists and builds its own alternatives, even in a situation
of unjust competition with a dominant agricultural model which wins
out thanks to public policies that support it. Peasant agriculture in Italy
has many voices, dispersed, invisible, never part of the decision-making
processes regarding public policies. An obvious democratic deficit to
be filled, a gap that cancels the citizenship rights of millions of people
working in the fields.