Their tentacles spread far and wide. Italy’s organised crime families have infiltrated the country’s food chain, from field to fork. How were they allowed to? Hannah Roberts shares this remarkable investigation and explores the issues it brings for the country's food production and distribution. "Taking advantage of the decade-long economic crisis in Italy, the Mafia has bought up cheap farmland, livestock, markets and restaurants, laundering its money through what is one of the country’s leading industries. The value of the so-called agromafia business has almost doubled from €12.5bn in 2011 to more than €22bn in 2018 (growing at an average of 10 per cent a year), according to the Observatory."