BCFN Forum 2016: eat better, eat less, food for all
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BCFN Forum 2016: eat better, eat less, food for all

A string of discussions, scientific data and innovative ideas. All this and much more at the 7th BCFN Forum on Food and Nutrition held in Milan on the 1st December.
6 Dec 2016
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Follow the money for a sustainable planet
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Follow the money for a sustainable planet

Barbara Buchner, expert on climate finance and member of the BCFN advisory board will be in Milan on December 1st for the BCFN Forum. She will explain why it is important to invest public and private funds to reach the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
29 Nov 2016
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Jeffrey Sachs: the economist in support of sustainability
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Jeffrey Sachs: the economist in support of sustainability

Internationally renowned as one of the world’s foremost economists, the American specialist has devoted his career to supporting policies of comprehensive sustainable development.
28 Nov 2016
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Food is a right, not just a need
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Food is a right, not just a need

How is it possible to combine a lifetime spent serving the law with an acute personal passion for social issues and, in particular, the situation of women? Devoting herself to the right to food is the new challenge taken on by Livia Pomodoro, leading a new centre for food policy and recently nominated as a member of the BCFN Advisory Board

By Livia Pomodoro, President of the Milan Center for Food, Law and Policy
5 Dec 2016
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Kanayo Nwanze, defending small farmers
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Kanayo Nwanze, defending small farmers

Among the guests attending the 7th International Forum of Food and Nutrition organised by the BCFN in Milan will be Kanayo Nwanze, President of IFAD and leading figure in many associations focusing on sustainable development.
5 Dec 2016
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Inspirational moments to build a new awareness
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Inspirational moments to build a new awareness

If we want to fight the climate change and promote sustainability we have to share information on agricultural techniques, from farmer to farmer, from citizen to citizen. The BCFN International Forum on Food and Nutrition that will take place in Milan, Italy, on December 1st, will be one of these opportunities to share and to break the barriers among the different stakeholders.
8 Nov 2016
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Sustainable diets, for people and for the environment: a topic of discussion at the Forum
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Sustainable diets, for people and for the environment: a topic of discussion at the Forum

The importance of choosing a nutritional model which is sustainable for people and for the planet, as explained by Gabriele Riccardi, professor of endocrinology at the University of Naples and member of the BCFN Advisory Board. The topic will be presented at the upcoming Forum, 1 December 2016 in Milan.
8 Nov 2016
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Tristram Stuart: leading the fight against food waste
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Tristram Stuart: leading the fight against food waste

An unflinching daily commitment and countless innovative ideas are key to the success of the initiatives created by the British activist with a firm belief that the best way to celebrate food is to stop throwing it away.
16 Sep 2016
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Transforming cities for a more sustainable future
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Transforming cities for a more sustainable future

A focus on transportation and energy sources is no longer enough: cities need better food policies to become more environmentally sustainable.
16 Sep 2016
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Climate and food: a two-way relationship
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Climate and food: a two-way relationship

Climate change has a significant impact on the production and availability of food, but at the same time it is considerably influenced by our daily food choices.
14 Oct 2016
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Less processed foods to feed everyone (and feed them better)
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Less processed foods to feed everyone (and feed them better)

The industrialization of production processes has changed the nature of the foods we eat, especially carbohydrates. Researcher Camillo Ricordi, an expert on diabetes, explains why this is a problem and what we can do to fix it.
14 Oct 2016
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Year of the Pulse to a Lifetime of Benefits
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Year of the Pulse to a Lifetime of Benefits

At the end of the Year of Pulse promoted by FAO, we outline the benefit of legumes both for our diet and for the environment.
7 Oct 2016
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A survey for food education
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A survey for food education

There are many examples of successful food education projects around the world but a unified movement is still missing. The BCFN Alumni group has repetitively called out the urgent need for national standards in order to provide children with food skills and knowledge since an early age. The following are some insights from a small survey recently conducted among them.
30 Sep 2016
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BCFN 7th International Forum on Food and Nutrition
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BCFN 7th International Forum on Food and Nutrition

An arena where international experts debate together the well-being of our Planet, in one big event on December 1st in Milan.
28 Sep 2016
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Wellbeing can be measured in many ways
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Wellbeing can be measured in many ways

In recent years, the use of gross domestic product as a way of measuring a society’s wellbeing has been consistently challenged from observers around the world. This extract, taken from the latest volume of Eating Planet, introduces the concept of wellbeing indicators - an area where BCFN is carrying out a great deal of research and promotion.
23 Sep 2016
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Cars fuelled by the land
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Cars fuelled by the land

One of the paradoxes of the modern world is the exploitation of agricultural land to produce fuel instead of food, with an energy yield which is frequently unsustainable.
23 Sep 2016
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What does “healthy food” mean?
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What does “healthy food” mean?

It might seem like an easy question, but US experts at the Food and Drug Administration have long been considering a review of their definition of “healthy” when it comes to food products.
9 Sep 2016
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Vegetables of the Sea
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Vegetables of the Sea

We’re used to thinking of a farmer as someone who grows vegetables in his garden or fields, but the sea too can be fertile “land” for the cultivation of a food that is valuable for both our health and environment: seaweed.
9 Sep 2016
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The Dilemma of Economic Growth - Necessity vs. Feasibility
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The Dilemma of Economic Growth - Necessity vs. Feasibility

This article is a contribution by Japan for Sustainability (JFS), a non-profit group that provides information from Japan to add to momentum toward a truly happy and sustainable future. A survey conducted in Japan offers interesting insights into people’s perception of economic growth from a social, economical and personal perspective.
3 Jun 2016
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The project “Analog forestry: productive conservation to fight deforestation”
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The project “Analog forestry: productive conservation to fight deforestation”

Winner of the 2015 edition of the BCFN YES! competition proposes productive conservation to tackle the phenomenon of deforestation in the Amazon and achieve a harmonious and sustainable coexistence between man and the forest.
21 Jun 2016
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At the Dinner Table With Women
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At the Dinner Table With Women

Women are at the foundation of their entire family’s nutrition, another reason why they need to be aware of the effects that food has on one’s health, effects which vary depending on one’s stage in life.
3 Jun 2016
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Land Grabbers Being Charged
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Land Grabbers Being Charged

The phenomenon of land grabbing is becoming more and more common and is starting to be seen in Europe as well. BCFN, through the dissemination of the Milan Protocol, promotes the practices associated with sustainable agriculture at the institutional level.
10 Jun 2016
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The pros and cons of water privatization
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The pros and cons of water privatization

This topic triggers heated debates, especially since water resources are limited. But finding the best way to manage them means working for the good of humanity and the planet
3 Jun 2016
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Over 700,000 signatures against food waste
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Over 700,000 signatures against food waste

This is the astonishing result of a petition in favour of a law to combat food waste by large stores. Inspired by the Milan Protocol on Food and Nutrition, the initiative is gaining ground all over Europe.
3 Jun 2016
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Growth and employment must be the same for everyone.
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Growth and employment must be the same for everyone.

One of the United Nations’ developmental goals has to do with economic growth and employ-ment, something which must not become a differentiator between populations, but rather must be a catalyst for sustainable development for everyone.
22 Jul 2016
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But how much does it cost?
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But how much does it cost?

Studies show that eating healthily doesn’t have to cost more. The most important thing is knowing how to choose the right foods and to do so you need to be equipped with the right information.
3 Jun 2016
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Seasonality and sustainability apply to seafood too
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Seasonality and sustainability apply to seafood too

Only with sustainable strategies for fishing and buying seafood products can we preserve the vast wealth that the sea gives us and which is now under serious threat due to human activity.
15 Jul 2016
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Obesity? Packaging is also to blame
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Obesity? Packaging is also to blame

Obesity is also about the way you think: images shown on packaging can encourage consumers to overestimate correct portion sizes and exceed daily calorie recommendations.

15 Jul 2016
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Childhood obesity also has economic and social effects
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Childhood obesity also has economic and social effects

It is not just health at stake: childhood obesity has a very significant economic and social impact which can only be overcome by tackling the problem on all fronts. The latest edition of Eating Planet, edited by the BCFN, highlights the seriousness of the situation.
14 Jul 2016
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Unhealthy food goes to your head
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Unhealthy food goes to your head

More and more studies are connecting the quality of people’s diet in childhood with cognitive development and academic performance, even in countries which do not suffer widespread hunger problems.
8 Jul 2016
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Special award for the Youth Manifesto
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Special award for the Youth Manifesto

On 8th April 2016, in the Salone dei Cinquecento at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, the 263° Academic Year of the Georgofili Academy was inaugurated. During the ceremony, Special Recognition was given to the Youth Manifesto.
1 Jul 2016
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Food? A sacred issue
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Food? A sacred issue

All religions have prescriptions concerning food, the symbol of existence and life: sometimes it is elevated to the status of sacred, whereas other times it is an object of prohibition. The BCFN has a global approach to food: if you want to work on the environmental sustainability of food production, you can’t ignore cultural and religious aspects that sometimes help, and sometimes hinder, the adoption of sustainable practices. The book Eating Planet and this article therefore dedicate ample space to the anthropology of food.
1 Jul 2016
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Climatarian: the “zero emissions” meal
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Climatarian: the “zero emissions” meal

Choosing which food to eat using a purely ecological criterion: the impact that the food has on the production of greenhouse gas. This is the idea behind climatarianism.

24 Jun 2016
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Sustainability Meets the Media World
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Sustainability Meets the Media World

In an information landscape where not enough space is dedicated to issues related to environmental sustainability and agriculture, issues that are near and dear to BCFN, the European Journalism Fund’s project stands out, offering research grants to the top European scientific journalists looking to work on projects which focus on this field. And, surprise, Italians make up the lion’s share. BCFN wanted to present what these individuals will be working on in the coming years.
24 Jun 2016
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Studying waste at school
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Studying waste at school

A high school in Taranto specialising in IT has developed an educational project on food waste using materials produced by BCFN. The children then put the theories they learned into practice by delivering food packages to people in need.
17 Jun 2016
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Ten trends in food sustainability
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Ten trends in food sustainability

The Sustainable Development Goals in terms of food, directly mentioned four main objectives: ending hunger, achieving food security, improving food nutrition and promoting sustainable production. Seeds&Chips - an the International Summit dedicated to food innovation from farm to fork – heped to spot ten trends that are driving the food-tech industry towards this aimed more sustainable foodscape.
13 Jun 2016
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Sustainable development Goals
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Sustainable development Goals

The United Nations (UN) has outlined a work-plan: 17 points to help guide the development of and initiate a true “sustainable transformation” worldwide.
6 Jun 2016
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Insects foods in Indonesia
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Insects foods in Indonesia

While FAO advises to rethink our aversion to insects as foods, some countries like Indonesia offer a wide range of dishes that use insects as the main ingredient. The report from Zul Astri, from Indinesia, member of BCFN Alumni.
3 Jun 2016
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Sustainability on a plate
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Sustainability on a plate

Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food and member of the BCFN advisory board, recently reissued “Good, clean and fair”, the text which introduced the “Slow Food philosophy” to the world 10 years ago. To celebrate its re-release, we are publishing an extract of the text which Petrini wrote for the 2016 edition of Eating Planet – BCFN’s book on food, the environment, agriculture, sustainability and the fight against food waste. He speaks of a fundamental principle: the cost of food should not be limited to its economic value, but must also take into account a collection of other values regarding society as a whole and its evolution

3 Jun 2016
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Diet and genetics influence each other
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Diet and genetics influence each other

Food and genes are constantly talking to each other, and their dialogue has an impact on many aspects of health and society, so much so that it can even lead to the birth of new scientific disciplines
3 Jun 2016
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Disgusting? It's a question of culture
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Disgusting? It's a question of culture

Disgust is an emotion defined by physiological and cognitive factors but also by relational, social and cultural aspects. This is why our food choices are to a large extent determined by our upbringing and the context in which we live.
3 Jun 2016
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Economy: here's why food is action
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Economy: here's why food is action

Price fluctuations in food commodities have a significant impact on food sustainability for families. BCFN has developed a model which takes into account determining factors for variations in the price of raw materials.
3 Jun 2016
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Climate change: agriculture and health are paying the price
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Climate change: agriculture and health are paying the price

The climate is changing and the consequences are being felt in agriculture where modifications to food production may have a negative impact on health.
3 Jun 2016
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The Mediterranean diet adapts to the times
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The Mediterranean diet adapts to the times

We tend to talk about the Mediterranean diet, though it would be more accurate to talk about it in the plural as, in reality, there are various versions of the diet as it adapts to different requirements
3 Jun 2016
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A resource to value
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A resource to value

There are an increasing number of women farming, but in some countries they are subjected to grueling working conditions. Recognizing women’s skills is a way to help promote sustainable development.
3 Jun 2016
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From agriculture to energy production, everyone demands water
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From agriculture to energy production, everyone demands water

The visible consumption of water is not the only form of consumption. To live, eat and produce, we consume massive amounts of water, at a rate our planet will not be able to sustain for much longer.
27 Jun 2016
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Fat? Not my child!
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Fat? Not my child!

Parents fail to objectively evaluate their children’s weight, and believe that they behave better at mealtimes than they actually do. The result? Childhood obesity is on the increase.
3 Jun 2016
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Which kind of social system will feed the 9 billion?
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Which kind of social system will feed the 9 billion?

Scientists, researchers and activists from all around the world gathered in The Hague, Netherlands, to discuss which global politics should be adopted in order to guarantee a fair and sustainable future for the planet we live in and for the forthcoming 9 billion of inhabitants.
3 Jun 2016
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Saving water starts with food
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Saving water starts with food

Our personal hygiene and the water we drink only have a minor impact on our general consumption. Food production is what really weighs heavily on our water balance. Rather than looking at what’s in our glasses, we should focus on what’s on our plates.

3 Jun 2016
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Good food makes us live longer and healthier lives
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Good food makes us live longer and healthier lives

To live longer and healthier it is important to focus on lifestyle, including good food. But it’s only a winning strategy if started in early childhood and continued for a lifetime.

3 Jun 2016
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The food you choose is good for you and the planet
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The food you choose is good for you and the planet

Scientific studies have shown that health targets and obligations to safeguard the ecosystem converge. The double food and environmental pyramid is a simple way of explaining to everyone how each meal can be transformed into a concrete way to improve their health and the health of the planet.

3 Jun 2016
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Who wastes the most?
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Who wastes the most?

Food is thrown away by producers, retailers, but above all by end consumers. It is a vicious circle that must be broken, starting by properly planning what we put in our cupboards.
10 Jun 2016
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Wear an apron to be healthy in a healthy environment

Ellen Gustafson is a sustainable food system activist, author, innovator and social entrepreneur. Her first book, “We the Eaters: If We Change Dinner, We Can Change the World” has been published in 2014. She is also a member of the BCFN Advisory Board and will attend the BCFN Forum in Milan on December 1st.
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Putting theory into practice

Angelo Riccaboni tells us why it is important to start taking action rather than simply developing a theory of sustainability. Indeed, the time has come to put forward practical proposals to fight the key food paradoxes: this is the target of the 7th BCFN Forum on food and nutrition.
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Eat Better, Eat Less, Food for All: Food, a common and global good

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The lifesaving power of agriculture

After the earthquake that devastated the country last year, life in remote hills of Nepal confirms the role of agriculture: a shield against post-disaster food insecurity.
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The first BCFN stakeholder workshop on the Mediterranean diet: Carbohydrates

The BCFN has organized a series of Stakeholder Workshops scheduled to take place between 2016 and 2018 geared towards gaining a better understanding of the primary nutrients of the Mediterranean diet: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
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BCFN YES! 2016

Ten research projects for a sustainable food system will be revealed at the International Forum on Food and Nutrition. The winner will receive a €20,000 scholarship for their research project.
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Welfare indices, beyond the economics

Measuring the wealth of a country is simply not enough to establish whether its inhabitants are actually doing well and whether the welfare of the country is sustainable from all perspectives, including the environment.
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Double Pyramid 2016: Sustainable Eating Updated

The message of the food and environment Double Pyramid, now on its 7th edition, is consolidated with the 2016 edition thanks to new sources and cutting-edge studies.
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Feeding the world while protecting the planet

Feeding the world while protecting the planet is one of the biggest challenges of our time, jeopardised by an ailing food system afflicted by serious contradictions.
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Clear goals and flexible means

Little I knew when I sent my project idea to BCFN back in 2014 that I would now be based in Timor-Leste doing a PhD about such project. Life takes it’s course, that is for sure, and many times in completely unexpected ways. This is the story of the journey since I took that plane from my home town at that time, Sydney, to Dili, a land of new beginnings.
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From winning the YES! prize to the marketplace

This young researcher’s story is one of success. And all thanks to the BCFN YES! Competition, which gave her the tools to develop her idea: an app rewarding physical activity with healthy food.
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Biodiversity is the key to evolution

From a scientific point of view, the term biodiversity means a variability of species, genes and ecosystems. The term is often used inappropriately, but a reduction in biodiversity could represent a real risk to humanity.
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Food insecurity: not just a problem for developing countries

The problem of eating enough healthy food and finding the right food for your well-being is a global challenge which is very much a reality in the richest countries, including USA and countries in Europe.
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What is the most sustainable diet? The one with the least calories.

The most innovative studies show that to live a longer and healthier life one can do something more radical than simply eat according to the Food Pyramid: one must drastically reduce his or her calorie intake. However, improvised fasts can be dangerous. That’s why people, like Italian scientist Valter Longo, have created an imitation fast diet.
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The United Nations Outlook on the Second Paradox of the Global Food System

Agriculture and sustainable development are two important elements of the United Nations and BCFN missions – organizations with one common vision: a world of equal opportunity in which growth and development are both possible for everyone and sustainable for the environment.
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Everyone is invited to send their contribution

The first Stakeholder Workshop concluded that it is crucial to involve representatives of civil society and the general public, so that they can have their say on what strategies are necessary to develop a sustainable food production system able to respond to the challenges of climate change.
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Global warming? It’s not just a question of energy

Riccardo Valentini – Professor of Forestry Ecology at the University of Tuscia, Director of the IPCC and member of the BCFN advisory board – presented the new edition of Eating Planet in Rome on the day of the signing of the COP 21, the international climate agreement. Here, he explains why issues related to energy are not the only problem to tackle in order to avoid the disasters which climate change could cause.
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Dialogue between institutions and private organisations

The second edition of the World Food Research and Innovation Forum was held in Parma with the aim of putting those involved in sustainable development in touch with stakeholders in the agro-food supply chain.
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Food Revolution Day: The Children of the Revolution

Once again this May, a day dedicated to fresh and tasty food will be held to remind the world of the benefits of healthy eating which needs to be a core message in children’s education.

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Saving water starts with small actions

Particularly in the developed countries, water use (and waste) is reaching extremely high levels, at the very limits of sustainability, but this tendency could be reversed if each of us modified our daily habits.
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The America of high-calorie snacks

A PAHO study quantifies the increase in consumption of unhealthy foods in the Americas and establishes six action points to combat childhood obesity.
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Young Earth Solutions research grant competition

The reckless use of resources, food waste, half of the global population characterised by an unbalanced relationship with food – either an excess or deficiency of – are problems requiring concrete and immediate interventions right across the food supply chain.
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The prices of basic food commodities are falling

This is according to the FAO – The World Food and Agriculture Organisation – which constantly monitors the main prices of food products such as cereals, meat, dairy, vegetable oils and sugar.
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A declaration of love for the planet

Since 1970, the 22nd of April each year has been celebrated as World Earth Day, the biggest global environment movement and an occasion to talk about the environment and encourage its protection through numerous initiatives.
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Sustainable diets can help us feed the planet and achieve the goals of cop21

On the eve of Earth day and the ratification of the agreement reached on 12 December at COP21 by signatory countries, the BCFN Foundation highlights the impact of our daily food choices and the importance of adopting sustainable diets in order to protect the well-being of both people and the planet.
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World Health Day: Focus on Diabetes

A whole day dedicated to health, with a particular focus on the prevention, treatment and awareness of diabetes, a complex chronic disease which in many cases can be prevented by following simple guidelines.
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Freedom is choosing free from influence

Vegetarian chef Pietro Leemann, owner of Joia, the only meat-free restaurant in Europe to win a Michelin star, tells us what pursuing food sustainability means for him: it all boils down to choice.
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The farmer of the future will improve sustainable agriculture

The 5-day Taiwan Education Experience Program (TEEP) “De-Coding the Cold War and Contemporary Societies”  which was held in National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan, under the auspices of International Institute for Cultural Studies, University System of Taiwan, was indeed a life-changing experience.
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Biofuels, hungry for land

Set against a vast number of people without access to food, a growing proportion of agricultural land is given over to the production of biofuels to power cars.
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World Water Day: a day dedicated to water

This 22nd March, like every 22nd March for almost twenty years, is World Water Day, an opportunity to find out more about this precious resource, take concrete action and make a difference.
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Eating Planet: food, health and sustainability for people and for the Planet

The BCFN Foundation presented the second edition of Eating Planet in Milan and New York
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Building a better Planet in the Big Apple

February 2016, New York City played host to the spirited launch of the new book by BCFN Foundation: "Eating Planet. Food and Sustainability: Building our Future".

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Eating Planet: what not to say tomorrow, I had no idea

The core themes of the new book, Eating Planet: proposals and reflections for a more sustainable food system, are illustrated and explained by journalist and television presenter Tessa Gelisio.

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Three paradoxes to solve

Can hunger and malnutrition be eradicated? Is there enough food for everyone on the planet? The answer is yes, but we must act to distribute resources more evenly.
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Eating Planet: a book for a planet in search of balance

Food and sustainability are at the heart of the multidisciplinary thoughts in the new edition of this book edited by the BCFN.

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The Youth Manifesto reaches adulthood

From the collective development of the document to the creation of a network of BCFN Alumni, through to its arrival at the European Parliament. Young people’s ideas for changing the agri-food model are making headway.

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Before and after the Expo: from the Milan Protocol to COP21

Food, sustainability and the climate: the major challenges on the horizon.

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