A historian, writer and essayist, he has lectured in Contemporary History at “La Sapienza” University in Rome. He previously lectured at the Universities of Salerno and Bari, and at the Faculty of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo (Cuneo). He has written extensively about the history of southern Italy, the history of agriculture and the countryside, and has concerned himself with the history of local areas and the environment. Among his books dealing with these issues we can recall: La terra è finita. Breve storia dell’ambiente, Laterza (2006); Il cibo e la terra. Agricoltura, ambiente e salute negli scenari del nuovo millennio, Donzelli (2019). In 1985, together with Carmine Donzelli and Augusto Placanica, he founded the Istituto Meridionale di Storia e Scienze Sociali (IMES) and in 1987 he founded and edited the magazine “Meridiana”. He was one of the academics called on to participate in the Manifesto on Food for Health promoted by Vandana Shiva.