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Communication for Food Protection

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Project "COMFECTION" data sheet

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Organization address
city: TORINO
postcode: 10124

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Total cost 176˙203 €
 EC max contribution 176˙203 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-01-08   to  2021-01-07


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO IT (TORINO) coordinator 176˙203.00


 Project objective

Communication is essential to effective food protection policies: if healthy habits help reduce food-related diseases and disorders, communication can enable active and responsible consumers; but it might also lead to misinformation by promoting food myths and hoaxes. In fact, news on “poisonous” or “miraculous” foods fill up the daily agenda of the mass and new media, through which they become viral and more likely to affect people’s perceptions of edibility. While considerable efforts have improved food risk communication, no extensive research has addressed this increasing phenomenon: it is not sufficient to debunk food myths, but it is necessary to understand how they are able to spread so widely and what can be done to oppose them. The project COMFECTION - “Communication for Food Protection” intends precisely to fill this gap by addressing some of the most urgent—but not adequately explored yet—issues concerning food protection and its communication: (i) the genetic modification of foods and the risks and benefits associated with their consumption; (ii) organic farming techniques and principles, as opposed to the use of synthetic pesticides, vaccines, hormones, etc.; (iii) the risks and benefits associated with the consumption of meat or the abstention from the use of animal products; (iv) the recent spread of grain free movements—from “gluten sensitivity” to the Paleo diet, etc. The project will be implemented by means of a unique combination of theoretical and methodological approaches, and thanks to the collaboration of a well-experienced ER and the support of two top-class academic institutions: New York University, United States, and the University of Turin, Italy. This will allow not only identifying effective tools for opposing food myths, but also defining creative solutions for promoting food protection through communication and, ultimately, helping the general public understand better some of the crucial issues currently involving the European Union.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Simona Stano
Voices of a city market: an ethnography
published pages: 1-3, ISSN: 1035-0330, DOI: 10.1080/10350330.2020.1720165
Social Semiotics 2020-04-15
2019 STANO Simona
Tra estetica, etica e politica: riflessioni semiotiche sul dis-gusto
published pages: 1-11, ISSN: 1970-7452, DOI:
E|C - Rivista dell\'Associazione Italiana di Studi Semiotici XIII(27) 2019-11-12
2019 STANO Simona, BENTLEY Amy (eds.)
\"Book of Abstracts - International Conference \"\"Food for Thought: Nourishment, Culture, Meaning\"\"\"
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:

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