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Luisa Pantaleo: female power to innovation

Youngest daughter of a olive oil family company, she joined the capacity of running an industrial company and her passion for the nature

Luisa Pantaleo – managing director of Pantaleo Agricolturasoc.agr. S.r.l. , born in Fasano (Brindisi) on August 10th 1976 under a lucky star!
Youngest daughter of a olive oil family company joined the capacity of running an industrial company and her passion for the nature.

She was graduated in Agricultural Sciences and Technologies at the University of Bari (Puglia-Italy) on December 2006 and in October 2007 she achieved a professional qualification in Agriculture.

She is running the company since 2008 and at that time she introduced some important innovations in the cultivation and production of the “Queen Tomato”
The farm did the first steps let becoming Organic certified by ICEA, Pantaleo Agricoltura even if she was obliged to face the agricultural conservative mind. Nowadays the company is growing and she is becoming well known in the sector.



Why do you decide to make business in farming?
Only two words: Passion and Ethics. I loved the Nature since when I was a baby and my strong desire always was to offer the sound and good farm produce of my land.

Do you feel more a peasant, a farmer or a business men?
Definitely an agricultural entrepreneur. I’ve the strong will to create an important company-farm well mechanized and organizedin the harmony context of the Nature.I was born in a family who did the entrepreneurship as essential part of his life. This life style strongly affected my life and by my side I combined a great love and passion for the Nature.

A definition of farming.
Agriculture definition is : obtain farm produce with a profit for my company but always respecting and the care of the Nature. All with honesty and love.

An adjective for defining the world of farming.
“OLD” because still is based on old agreements between farmers and sellers. Moreover there is a poor will to cooperate each other. This is valid for all the “agricultural world” but especially for my region Puglia which is still one of the most important agricultural areas in Italy.

A keyword for the future of farming.
Definitely : “AUTOMATION” . Able to exist and perform in harmonious and agreeable combination with the Environment.

A model men.
No one in above all. In general all the people who respect and love the agriculture.

Someone to… go to the hell.
In general people who spoil the hard work of farmers telling lies to terrified consumers. Such people exploit the Nature for an economic return only without the essential care of the same.

A book concerning the rural world you’d suggest to read.
Orto e fruttetobiologico to people who have the passion for the Nature and intend to create a small organic cultivation in their own even small, garden.

Your favorite book.
The small Prince : every time I read it I come back to become a baby. It’s the same feeling which I have when I’m surrounded by the Nature.

Your favorite song or composition.
I love the melodic music because it is romantic . I love the Nature because I’m a romantic person.

Your unforgettable movie.
“Pretty Women” : it is definitely my preferred movie, at the same time nice and romantic. A tale for adults.

What would you like to find after passing away?
I believe that passing away is a “renaissance”. We are in transit in our world for living in our “theatre” our experiences for solving topics which we decided to face before our birth.

by T N
07 march 2011, Food Notes > The Farmers

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