Practical solutions for the food paradoxes.

Milan Protocol

National Geographic Italia

National Geographic Italia

"Inspiring people to take care of the planet" has been the motto and mission of the National Geographic Society since it was founded in 1888. With seven billion mouths to feed today and still more tomorrow, according to the demographic projections for 2050, taking care of the planet means also and above all thinking about how to provide safe and healthy food for all without worsening our impact on the environment.

The series of articles on food published by National Geographic in 2014 constitute the thrust of the exhibition "FOOD: the future of food", to be held at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome from 18 November to 1 March 2015. The aim is to focus attention on these problems and put forward five solutions:
- to exploit resources more efficiently
- to increase the yield of land now under cultivation
- to halt the expansion of cultivated land
- to change our diet
- to reduce waste

Only on the basis of these five points will it be possible to solve the problems that already beset agricultural and food production and address dramatic paradoxes such as the fact that one third of our global production is wasted or that one third of the world population is underfed and another overfed.

Given the significant identity of views and content with the Milan Protocol initiative, not least with a view to the 2015 Milan Expo, National Geographic Italia embraces the cornerstones of the document and supports its proposals with great conviction. It is only through the commitment of all and a shared vision that we will be able to feed nine billion people without placing still more pressure on the already precarious balance of the planet's resources.
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