- Geoplitics of food and resources
- Climate change
- North-South trade relationships
- Large distribution
- Food industry
- Development of renewable energy versus fossils
- Geopolitics of oil and gas
- International migrations
Journalist and documentary maker, he regularly publishes investigative reports in national and international media (Internazionale, l’Espresso, Le Monde diplomatique, Al Jazeera, El Pais semanal). He has written several books and directed several films. In 2009 he won the Indro Montanelli prize for writing with the book “A sud di Lampedusa. Five years of travel on the routes of migrants” (Minimum Fax, 2008). His book “Land Grabbing. How the land market creates the new colonialism” (Minimum fax, 2011) has been widely translated and published in ten countries. In 2016, his book on the global food system (“The lords of food. A journey through the food industry that is destroying the planet”) was also published by Minimum Fax. With Fabio Ciconte in 2019 he published the book “The big cart. Who decides what we eat” (Laterza). In September 2020 he published “Earth burned. How the environmental crisis is changing Italy and our lives” (Rizzoli) a long reportage-investigation on the effects of climate change in Italy.
As a director, he worked for the TV show “C’era una volta” (“Once upon a time”) on Rai3, directed the documentary “L’inferno dei bambini stregoni” (winner of the “L’Anello Weak” award 2010), co-directed with Andrea Segre the film “Sea closed” (2012), with Enrico Parenti the film “Container 158” (2013), with Mario Poeta the film “Herat football club” (2017). The latest film “Soyalism” (2018, with Enrico Parenti), selected and awarded in festivals around the world, was also screened at the United Nations in a collateral event at the climate summit in September 2019.
He regularly holds conferences and TedX on topics in which he is an expert, in particular the distorting effects of the globalization of the food system.