Academic Year 2019/2020 - 2° Year
Teaching Staff
  • Food legislation: Gaetano Guzzardi
Credit Value: 9
Scientific field
  • AGR/01 - Agricultural economics and rural appraisal
  • IUS/03 - Agri-food law
Course Language: Italian
Taught classes: 49 hours
Exercise: 28 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives


    This course intends to provide students with the fundamental rules of the economic system and, in particular, of the agri-food system. In the microeconomic context, we will study the behavior of households and of enterprises, and the role of the market in the determination of the good / product price. As part of the Macroeconomics course aims to illustrate the essential concepts of the national accounts (GDP, payment balance, etc.), foreign trade policies, fiscal policies. Economic -finance perturbation System.

  • Food legislation

    Provide the bases on law in general and investigate the logic of food legislation disaggregating the publicity purposes (for the protection of health), the commercial ones (to protect the competitiveness and transparency of the market) and the more purely private ones (to protect consumers and small entrepreneurs in front of large companies).

Course Structure


    Lectures and exercises also with the help of computer tools

  • Food legislation

    The course will take place through lectures, during which practical cases will also be presented, resolved with the active participation of the students, also through the special constitution of work groups.

    The exam will be oral. During the course of lessons, intermediate written tests on practical cases can be carried out.

    The exam will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

    Relevance of the answers to the questions asked
    Quality and understanding of the contents
    Ability to connect with other program topics
    Ability to report examples
    Technical language properties
    Overall exhibition capacity of the student

Detailed Course Content


    General notions. Political economy / Economic policy. Goods and Needs economicis. Elementary and aggregated units. Economic system. Agrifood system. Consumer behavior theory. Utility theory: cardinal and ordinal. Demand theory. The production and the costs theory. Market:perfect market and Imperfect markets. Free competition; Oligopoly; Monopoly; Bilateral monopoly; Monopolistic competition. Production factors markets. The national income; the income distribution. The commercial policy. International organizations. European Union. The balance of trade and balance of payments.

  • Food legislation

    1. Legal norms, interpretation and analogy

    2. Private law and public law

    3. The sources of law

    4. Goods and things

    5. The contract (definition, training, the essential elements)

    6. The agricultural entrepreneur and agricultural contracts

    7. The contract for the sale of food products (article 62, legislative decree 2012 n. 1)

    8. The mortgage loan

    9. The consumer contract and the manufacturer's responsibility

    10. Safety, quality and information

    11. Distinctive signs of food products (brands, patents, certifications)

Textbook Information

    1. Istituzioni di economia di MESSORI F., CLUEB, Bolognail
    2. Economia politica di GILIBERT A., Lattes"
    3. Principi di economia per l'impresa di Gregory Mankiw N, Taylor M.P. Ashwin A., Zanichelli
    4. Introduzione all'economia agroalimentare, MALASSIS L., GHERSI G., Consultable at the Library V. Patuelli. Department of Agriculture, Food, Environment, Street S. Sofia, 98/100, Catania
  • Food legislation

    1. Vincenzo Roppo, Private law, sixth edition, Giappichelli Ed., 2018 or A. Torrente - P. Schlesinger, Manual of private law, Giuffrè, 2019.

    2. Stefano Masini, Food law course, fourth edition, Giuffrè, 2018.

    3. Matteo Ferrari - Umberto Izzo, Comparative Food Law, Il Mulino, 2012.

    For regulatory feedback, the user is advised to have an updated civil code.

    The workload is about 200 pages.