Practical solutions for the food paradoxes.

Milan Protocol

The Milan Protocol at
Expo Milano 2015

During 2014, the BCFN Foundation drafted the Milan Protocol, a document which analyses the key issues encapsulated by the food paradoxes and proposes practical solutions. The goal of the Milan Protocol is to the raise awareness of the government, and among institutions and the general public of the urgent need to take action in order to achieve better food sustainability.

During Expo Milano 2015, the Milan Protocol was signed by national and international organisations, institutions, experts and opinion leaders. This step shows the commitment to approaching the issue of food sustainability in a pragmatic way, through initiatives which involve citizens, economic stakeholders and institutions.

The Milan Protocol at Expo Milano 2015

Combatting the food paradoxes together

The Milan Protocol emerged in an effort to find shared solutions for the three main food paradoxes, , identified by the BCFN Foundation. Three paradoxes, and three key challenges to overcome in order to achieve better food sustainability: the relationship between obesity and malnutrition, the use of natural resources and food waste.

The first paradox demonstrates how the food we produce is not distributed in a uniform way, with 795 million people suffering from hunger and 2.1 billion people who are obese or overweight.

The second paradox reveals that 40% of the world’s resources of cereals are used to feed livestock and fuel vehicles, while they could be used to feed the world’s population.

The third paradox focuses on food waste: we waste a third of the world’s entire food production, four times more than the amount needed to feed all of the malnourished people around the world.

Combatting the food paradoxes together

The Milan Protocol arose from these analyses, promoting healthy lifestyles aimed at combatting hunger and obesity, advocating sustainable agriculture and raising awareness about reducing food waste by 50% by 2020, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals set out by the UN.

Combatting the food paradoxes together

Associated studies

The Milan Protocol addresses problems also tackled by Institutions and Organisations, which have collected their studies together in analysis and research documents. The BCFN Foundation provides them in order to offer further areas of investigation, which can be useful for gaining a better understanding of the issues related to the topic of food sustainability.

Water, food security and human dignity

Water, food security and human dignity

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Developing the knowledge, skills and talent of youth to further food security and nutrition

Developing the knowledge, skills and talent of youth to further food security and nutrition

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Supporters

The Milan Protocol is a document shared among a prominent selection of Organisations, Institutions and national and international experts who contributed to its drafting and signed up to its conclusions.

Experts

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