Practical solutions for the food paradoxes.

Milan Protocol

Paolo Bartolozzi

Paolo Bartolozzi

Today we face many social challenges. In the coming years, we will need to cope with the ever increasing world population and thus be prepared for an overwhelming surge in the demand for food and energy. Scarce resources and mounting pressure on the environment and the ecosystem force us to begin to think now about a new approach to be developed in terms of production and consumption. At the same time, another issue needs to be addressed and solved with urgency: the coexistence of malnutrition and obesity in the world, compounded and made all the more ironic by the billions of tons of edible food that is destroyed and wasted.

The fight against food waste, the promotion of healthy lifestyles and sustainable production models are the great global challenges that characterize our times. This initiative, the Milan Protocol on Food and Nutrition, aims to provide a response to these challenges.

In conjunction with the path leading to the Expo 2015, the Protocol outlines an approach that aims to find a balance between these issue that are as different as they are interconnected, and bring together different actors in the various domains affected by these challenges. The Protocol aims to involve and stimulate communication between politics, education, businesses and associations with the admirable purpose to develop an approach which is as interdisciplinary as possible, in order to ensure continuous dialogue among interested players to develop models of production and lifestyles that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

As a Member of the European Parliament's Committee for the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, but moreover as a representative of Europe and Italy, entities that can and must contribute to sustainable production patterns and healthy lifestyles, I agree fully with the establishment and launch of the Milan Protocol and I am committed to personally contributing to its success.
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