Law n. 109/96 provides for the granting to third parties—private organizations; cooperatives; municipal, provincial and regional administrations—of all property acquired through illegal activities. The third parties then return them to the community by converting the properties to socially beneficial uses. During the 13 years since its it passing, the law has converted to use for the community more than 4500 real estate properties (apartments, villas and lands). The confiscated lands in Sicily, Calabria, Campania, Puglia and Lazio have been taken over by cooperatives of students and have produced oil, wine, pasta, taralli, legumes, preserves and other organic goods. All of our products are marked with the Libera Terra quality and civic responsibility assurance. Every year on these lands we run international community service work camps.
Recently we created a new entrepreneurial venture: the Consorzio Libera Terra Mediterraneo, The company, a joint project between the Libera Terra cooperatives and other parties, creates alliances and collaborations in leadership and production all over Italy to widen the network of the cooperatives. Among the participants are: Alce Nero Melizia; Slow Food; Banca Etica; Coop Fond and Firma TO, a promoter of responsible tourism.
The shops "I Sapori e i Saperi della Legalità" (The Taste and Awareness of Respect) are the Italian distributors of the organic products from the confiscated lands. Since this year, the Paniere dei Saperi (The Breadbasket of Awareness), with a book and a Libera tote bag, is available, too.
Cooperating with Libera Terra - Agency for the Promotion of Cooperatives and of a Culture of Respect for the Law was created in May 2006. Cooperatives and members of Legacoop have advanced the project and all sorts of producers of organic and high-quality food, for example Conapi and Slow Food, provide the staff.
The Agency supports the development of coops working on the lands confiscated from the mafia.