Young researchers from around the world striving for food sustainability

The Youth Manifesto

The Youth Manifesto and the food paradoxes

In September 2015, 80 young researchers came to Parma from all around the world in order to tackle the three food paradoxes identified by the BCFN Foundation.

The food paradoxes represent the three key challenges in the food system: the relationship between obesity and malnutrition, the use of natural resources and food waste. These are unsustainable situations which need to be resolved as soon as possible to guarantee everyone a dependable access to food.

Following two days of work, the skills and personal experience of the young researchers from the BCFN Foundation led to the creation of the Youth Manifesto: an appeal to policy makers to finally put an end to the current paradoxes to create a new sustainable food system.

The Youth Manifesto and the food paradoxes
The Youth Manifesto at Expo Milano 2015

The Youth Manifesto at Expo Milano 2015

The draft of the Youth Manifesto, drawn up by young researchers at the BCFN Foundation, was presented during Expo Milano 2015 to the Minister of Agriculture, Maurizio Martina, representatives of various countries in their respective stands and many European institutions in attendance at the Expo.

This is a practical step to involve political stakeholders and boost the visibility of the issues related to food sustainability, bringing about a more well-informed approach to the tackling the problems.

Mentors

For the drafting of the Youth Manifesto, the young researchers from the BCFN Foundation sought advice from national and international experts, who offered their own experience to inspire and guide the work in Parma.

Allison Aubrey
Allison Aubrey
USA
Emanuela De Marchi
Emanuela De Marchi
Italy
Ron Kevin Finley
Ron Kevin Finley
USA
Nikiko Masumoto
Nikiko Masumoto
USA
Anna Maria Paini
Anna Maria Paini
Italy
Camillo Ricordi
Camillo Ricordi
USA
Gunhild Stordalen
Gunhild Stordalen
Norway
Michiel Bakker
Michiel Bakker
USA
Saskia de Pee
Saskia de Pee
Netherlands
Ellen Gustafson
Ellen Gustafson
USA
Daniele Messina
Daniele Messina
Italy
Carlo Alberto Pratesi
Carlo Alberto Pratesi
Italy
Monica Rivelli
Monica Rivelli
Italy
Stella Thomas
Stella Thomas
USA
Barbara Buchner
Barbara Buchner
Austria
Nick Difino
Nick Difino
Italy
Sonia Massari
Sonia Massari
Italy
Danielle Nierenberg
Danielle Nierenberg
USA
Gabriele Riccardi
Gabriele Riccardi
Italy
Cinzia Scaffidi
Cinzia Scaffidi
USA
Riccardo Valentini
Riccardo Valentini
Italy

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