Food and sustainability

World Water Day 2017: new life for wastewater

Every year on 22 March we turn our attention to water, a precious resource. However, it’s also one which can have multiple lives, as shown by the numerous wastewater recycling projects underway around the globe.

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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
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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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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.
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Successes and Challenges in Global Food Systems

On November 16, 2016 the Food Tank, in partnership with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and University of Chicago Booth School of Business, held the 1st annual Chicago Food Tank Summit. With two previous 2016 Summits in Sacramento, California and Washington, D.C., the Chicago Summit was the third in a series of events bringing together leaders of change and sustainability in food systems to highlight challenges and innovative solutions on environmental, social, and economic issues in global food systems.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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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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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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.
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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.
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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.

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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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: 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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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.
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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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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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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.
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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.
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