Food and sustainability

The seeds of change in sustainable agriculture

To overcome the ever-increasing number of challenges facing sustainable agriculture we need to put seeds in the spotlight – a blend of traditional and innovative approaches could make the difference.

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The GODAN Project: open data for sustainable agriculture

Officially founded in 2013 as a result of the G8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture, the initiative for innovative  farming has already created a widespread global network in support of the use of open data.

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Careful shopping and a well-ordered pantry to combat food waste

In the wealthiest countries, food waste is particularly serious among consumers who end up throwing away up to 40% of the food they buy, with negative effects for both the environment and their wallets.

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Smart farming: the new “green revolution”

Sustainable agriculture is fast-becoming a reality with advanced technology and custom software are now available to farmers; transforming farms into truly intelligent, sustainable production environments.

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Making young people global citizens

“Global citizens for the future of food” is name of the webinar organised by the BCFN dedicated to educating young people on their future as “global citizens”, tackling shared challenges related to food, sustainability and combatting waste.

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Two solid pillars for the Common Agricultural Policy

A set of rules updated over the years ensures Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy will be able to shape innovation and respond to climate change and society’s constantly-evolving needs.

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Agroecology as a means to transforming food systems for health, nutrition and equity in a climate changing world

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The day which the Earth goes beyond its environmental sustainability limit

Every year, a precise date calculated according to a special index marks the moment humanity finishes consuming all the resources which Earth is able to generate for that year. Everything consumed after that is a debt to the environment which we must urgently settle.

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Food sustainability and the importance of frameworks

Located at the inspirational Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA), the OXY Conference has been a totally open-minding experience on food sustainability and sustainable agriculture. Joined by more than 200 academics in an inspirational campus on top of Los Angeles hills, OXY has been a truly remarkable experience, proving the existing need of assessing and comparing the level and initiatives for food sustainability and sustainable agriculture through food education.

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CAP: Europe unites for the benefit of agriculture

Over half a century old and nearly €60bn invested every year: these are just two of the headline figures on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), a commitment which highlights the importance of the agro-food system in the European Community.

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Indigenous agricultural pratices hold key to maintaining biodiversity & mitigating climate change

In early May 2017, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food hosted its 2nd International Dialogue with over 250 food systems leaders from the local to the global, to gain deeper insights into the connections between climate change and food systems, to craft visions of the food systems we need today and tomorrow, and to chart potential pathways to get there. 

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Smart and sustainable holidays with the City Monitor

Commitment to the environment and policies for sustainability don’t go on holiday. The choice of a holiday location can be based on criteria which support sustainability with the help of the Food Sustainability Index developed by the BCFN and the Economist.

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Grassroots movements are rightful partners in finding solutions to climate change

In early May 2017, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food hosted its 2nd International Dialogue with over 250 food systems leaders from the local to the global, to gain deeper insights into the connections between climate change and food systems, to craft visions of the food systems we need today and tomorrow, and to chart potential pathways to get there.

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Promoting food security and health in a climate changing world

In early May 2017, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food hosted its 2nd International Dialogue with over 250 food systems leaders from the local to the global, to gain deeper insights into the connections between climate change and food systems, to craft visions of the food systems we need today and tomorrow, and to chart potential pathways to get there.

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Food systems aren't as prominent as they should be in the climate change Agenda

In early May 2017, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food hosted its 2nd International Dialogue with over 250 food systems leaders from the local to the global, to gain deeper insights into the connections between climate change and food systems, to craft visions of the food systems we need today and tomorrow, and to chart potential pathways to get there. 

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Internet of Things, clouds and trends in agriculture

From automation to food safety, from adaptive irrigation to supply-chain management systems, and from big-data aggregators to food recovery, the main technological impacts in agriculture hit the top of the chain, with in-field systems, post-harvest monitoring and efficiency boosters.

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Sustainable fashion, clothes for the environment

In an era where speed matters, even fashion has become “fast”. But producing such a large number of garments at knock-down prices comes at the expense of environmental sustainability and the health of those who work in the industry.

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Climate change forces people to migrate

The established factors forcing entire populations to abandon their land have now been joined by climate change, which alters ecosystems and renders them uninhabitable.

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The future of agriculture lies in technology and precision

Using targeted approaches and the latest technology, precision agriculture is rapidly growing with the aim of offering benefits in terms of productivity and environmental protection. 

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The Food Sustainability Index: find food that’s truly “good”

An index resulting from the international collaboration between BCFN and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to help policy makers, civil society, the private sector and everyday citizens make informed decisions and spread sustainable ‘best practices’ for food, safeguarding our health and the environment.
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Eco-Sustainable Gardens: from food insecurity to an agriculture with a low ecological footprint

A project to help the Mbororo women farmers from Cameroon to provide enough food for their families to fight malnutrition with a low ecological footprint and to sell the overproduction won the BCFN Yes competition in 2015. After more than one year of field work, the local stakeholders have been involved and the project is starting to run and will grow with the help of new partners and new funding organizations.

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Food sustainability and geopolitics

Food security has become an increasingly prominent issue in recent years. The market for food has become tighter as the population of the world continues to grow and rising incomes across much of the developing world are changing diets, particularly in terms of an increase in meat consumption. Higher use of biofuels, and lower agricultural productivity, are further contributing to a food supply squeeze. These factors create a potentially volatile mix. 

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San Francisco recycles to combat food waste

Recycling 80% of total waste compared to the national average of 34.5%, San Francisco is the most committed city to combatting food waste, a position achieved through targeted policies, specific laws and food education campaigns.

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Australia’s food bowels

Australia has a reputation for good weather, healthy lifestyles, fresh food and a high quality of living. Not least in its biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne. However, growing urban sprawl around both cities, and associated high rents for agricultural land, are putting increased pressure on local farmers  . If left unchecked, this process could have negative implications for the quality of life of the cities’ inhabitants.

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Climate change: hurricane Donald Trump has arrived

Deep cuts to environmental agencies, debatable cabinet appointments and anti-science positions guide the USA’s new policies on the environment, causing alarm among scientists and citizens.

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Barack Obama discusses the environment, with a nod to young people

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A case study competion for a new agriculture

In search of innovation and creativity, BCFN will promote, together with other institutions, a competition involving young scholars and professionals in the field of sustainable agri-food systems. Save the date of the next European Association of Agricultural Economists congress in Parma, from August 28th to September 1st2017.

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Tristram Stuart: leading the fight against food waste

An unflinching daily commitment and countless innovative ideas are key to the success of the initiatives created by the British activist with a firm belief that the best way to celebrate food is to stop throwing it away.
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Food education needed: American ecological footprints out of control

Data from across the Atlantic highlights the distance we still have to go to reduce consumer food waste. Targeted solutions and tough action are required, including improving food education to reduce the ecological footprint of our food consumption.

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Selina Juul: the Dane at the forefront of the fight against food waste

At the helm of the biggest NGO in Denmark, the activist has won some key victories in the battle against food waste with the help of individual consumers and international organisations.

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Earth Day - Educating to protect the environment and save the planet

The 22nd April is Earth Day, a global initiative which brings together 192 nations with the goal of increasing the literacy of everyday citizens on topics relating to the environment. The BCFN will participate by presenting the Food Sustainability Report, a tool to keep the public informed on what is happening in sustainable agriculture and food.

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Unmasking hidden hunger in the developed world

The word hunger generally calls to mind starving children in developing countries. Unfortunately, this type of hunger is still very much a reality. However, malnutrition is much more complex. Many children who consume enough food, and even obese and overweight children, may be malnourished because they consume the wrong kind of foods—those that lack the essential vitamins and minerals required for growth and development. This “hidden hunger” can lead to irrevocable damage to the child and adversely affect communities and the economies of entire nations.

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One bite-sized solution to our biggest health threats

As a global community, we face significant challenges. Year on year, temperatures spike, surpassing previous records, with devastating effects on ecosystems and human health worldwide. Almost 800m people continue to end each day hungry or short of food, but a staggering 1.9bn of us are now overweight or obese.

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Food Sustainability Index, a full spectrum mark of sustainability

Do we really need a food sustainability index? The answer is very much “yes”, especially if we want to properly tackle the problems in the food system and provide a useful tool for bringing about change.
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Africa’s priority: invest in agriculture to improve food sustainability

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has begun to roll out its latest major initiative, “Feed Africa”, the objective of which is straightforward: to end hunger on the continent by 2025.1 It intends to do this by deploying the simple logic that “investing in agriculture is the best way to end hunger”.

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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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Sustainable agriculture thanks to reform, research and new technology

The efforts of producers and institutions, along with technological progress, can fully and effectively respond to the increasing needs of sustainable agri-food systems.
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The importance of education in preventing food waste

In the agri-food system, many different components contribute to farmed products being wasted. But in wealthy nations, the main responsibility for these losses falls at the end of the food chain: in shops, canteens and homes.
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Dinner table diplomacy

Despite the range of different names – culinary diplomacy, gastrodiplomacy, gastronomic diplomacy – the meaning is always the same: food is an important tool for communication and bonding between different cultures and can help to reduce hostility and isolation.
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Sustainable food: the need for diverse dietary systems

What makes a food system truly sustainable? Cost transparency, attention to the differences between varied cultural and geographical contexts, and the promotion of health.
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More room - and a voice - for sustainability

The BCFN International Forum on Food and Nutrition was the ideal platform from which to launch an important journalism prize aimed at increasing knowledge about crucial sustainability topics.
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Cop22: from words to actions

Two weeks of spotlights on climate change in Marrakech, Morocco, where representatives from different nations worked towards the common goal of saving the planet from global warming.
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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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The Food Sustainability Index presented at the European Parliament in Brussels

The BCFN Foundation presented the Food Sustainability Index results to the EU Commission and EU Parliament in Brussels, to discuss how pursuing a sustainable food system fits the present and the future political agenda.
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Anthony Pope: the future of agriculture is conservation

To reach the goal of agriculture which will ensure food for all in the coming years while protecting the environment, we need to drastically change current production systems. Conservation agriculture may be a solution.
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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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Food sustainability awards for the media

An international competition for journalists launched by the BCFN in collaboration with the Thomson Reuters Foundation to choose the best articles, photos and videos on the subject of sustainable food.
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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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Can a restaurant be both healthy and sustainable?

Eating out doesn’t have to mean wasted food and poor quality ingredients. The key is ensuring that both restaurant owners and customers are well informed. Interview with Juliane Caillouette Noble who represents the British Sustainable Restaurant Association.
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Food Tank and BCFN, a partnership of values

The two organisations have collaborated for some time now to promote sustainable agriculture and food for all. In 2016, BCFN participated in Food Tank Summits through its Alumni presence. For 2017, a few events are already on the calendar to talk about and work towards the development of individual and collective best practices.
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An award for quality journalism

The BCFN and the Thomson Reuters Foundation are launching a major competition for environmental journalism aimed at journalists working on environmental sustainability to tackle the key paradoxes affecting the world today. Articles, photographs and videos can all be entered and will be judged by a panel made up of world-renowned experts.
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BCFN 7th International Forum on Food and Nutrition

An arena where international experts debate together the well-being of our Planet, in one big event on December 1st in Milan.
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The BCFN YES! Winner selection and next steps

The 2016 edition has been BCFN YES!‘s first time as a research grant competition, a step forward for the Foundation to tackle the major problems of the global food system, favoring once again high-level education with a multidisciplinary and international approach. Anne-Teresa Birthwright and Shaneica Lester are this year’s winners, with a project to develop farming livelihoods and maximize yields in Jamaica, through education, improved irrigation methods and social capital.
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Guido Barilla received by the Italian President Mattarella

In a special meeting held at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, BCFN’s activities were presented to President Mattarella. Special mention was made of the Forum, which took place in Milan on 1 December 2016, and of the Food Sustainability Index, created in collaboration with the Economist Intelligence Unit. The Italian head of state expressed his interest and appreciation for the work of BCFN.
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Eat Better, Eat Less, Food for All: Food, a common and global good

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Food is a right, not just a need

How is it possible to combine a lifetime spent serving the law with an acute personal passion for social issues and, in particular, the situation of women? Devoting herself to the right to food is the new challenge taken on by Livia Pomodoro, leading a new centre for food policy and recently nominated as a member of the BCFN Advisory Board

By Livia Pomodoro, President of the Milan Center for Food, Law and Policy
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Kanayo Nwanze, defending small farmers

Among the guests attending the 7th International Forum of Food and Nutrition organised by the BCFN in Milan will be Kanayo Nwanze, President of IFAD and leading figure in many associations focusing on sustainable development.
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Putting theory into practice

Angelo Riccaboni tells us why it is important to start taking action rather than simply developing a theory of sustainability. Indeed, the time has come to put forward practical proposals to fight the key food paradoxes: this is the target of the 7th BCFN Forum on food and nutrition.
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Follow the money for a sustainable planet

Barbara Buchner, expert on climate finance and member of the BCFN advisory board will be in Milan on December 1st for the BCFN Forum. She will explain why it is important to invest public and private funds to reach the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
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Wear an apron to be healthy in a healthy environment

Ellen Gustafson is a sustainable food system activist, author, innovator and social entrepreneur. Her first book, “We the Eaters: If We Change Dinner, We Can Change the World” has been published in 2014. She is also a member of the BCFN Advisory Board and will attend the BCFN Forum in Milan on December 1st.
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Jeffrey Sachs: the economist in support of sustainability

Internationally renowned as one of the world’s foremost economists, the American specialist has devoted his career to supporting policies of comprehensive sustainable development.
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Inspirational moments to build a new awareness

If we want to fight the climate change and promote sustainability we have to share information on agricultural techniques, from farmer to farmer, from citizen to citizen. The BCFN International Forum on Food and Nutrition that will take place in Milan, Italy, on December 1st, will be one of these opportunities to share and to break the barriers among the different stakeholders.
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Sustainable diets, for people and for the environment: a topic of discussion at the Forum

The importance of choosing a nutritional model which is sustainable for people and for the planet, as explained by Gabriele Riccardi, professor of endocrinology at the University of Naples and member of the BCFN Advisory Board. The topic will be presented at the upcoming Forum, 1 December 2016 in Milan.
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BCFN YES! 2016

Ten research projects for a sustainable food system will be revealed at the International Forum on Food and Nutrition. The winner will receive a €20,000 scholarship for their research project.
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Double Pyramid 2016: Sustainable Eating Updated

The message of the food and environment Double Pyramid, now on its 7th edition, is consolidated with the 2016 edition thanks to new sources and cutting-edge studies.
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Climate and food: a two-way relationship

Climate change has a significant impact on the production and availability of food, but at the same time it is considerably influenced by our daily food choices.
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Year of the Pulse to a Lifetime of Benefits

At the end of the Year of Pulse promoted by FAO, we outline the benefit of legumes both for our diet and for the environment.
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Cars fuelled by the land

One of the paradoxes of the modern world is the exploitation of agricultural land to produce fuel instead of food, with an energy yield which is frequently unsustainable.
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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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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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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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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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Special award for the Youth Manifesto

On 8th April 2016, in the Salone dei Cinquecento at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, the 263° Academic Year of the Georgofili Academy was inaugurated. During the ceremony, Special Recognition was given to the Youth Manifesto.
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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 project “Analog forestry: productive conservation to fight deforestation”

Winner of the 2015 edition of the BCFN YES! competition proposes productive conservation to tackle the phenomenon of deforestation in the Amazon and achieve a harmonious and sustainable coexistence between man and the forest.
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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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Studying waste at school

A high school in Taranto specialising in IT has developed an educational project on food waste using materials produced by BCFN. The children then put the theories they learned into practice by delivering food packages to people in need.
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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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Three paradoxes to solve

Can hunger and malnutrition be eradicated? Is there enough food for everyone on the planet? The answer is yes, but we must act to distribute resources more evenly.
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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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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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Which kind of social system will feed the 9 billion?

Scientists, researchers and activists from all around the world gathered in The Hague, Netherlands, to discuss which global politics should be adopted in order to guarantee a fair and sustainable future for the planet we live in and for the forthcoming 9 billion of inhabitants.
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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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The farmer of the future will improve sustainable agriculture

The 5-day Taiwan Education Experience Program (TEEP) “De-Coding the Cold War and Contemporary Societies”  which was held in National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan, under the auspices of International Institute for Cultural Studies, University System of Taiwan, was indeed a life-changing experience.
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Biofuels, hungry for land

Set against a vast number of people without access to food, a growing proportion of agricultural land is given over to the production of biofuels to power cars.
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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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Climate change: agriculture and health are paying the price

The climate is changing and the consequences are being felt in agriculture where modifications to food production may have a negative impact on health.
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The prices of basic food commodities are falling

This is according to the FAO – The World Food and Agriculture Organisation – which constantly monitors the main prices of food products such as cereals, meat, dairy, vegetable oils and sugar.
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Young Earth Solutions research grant competition

The reckless use of resources, food waste, half of the global population characterised by an unbalanced relationship with food – either an excess or deficiency of – are problems requiring concrete and immediate interventions right across the food supply chain.
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A declaration of love for the planet

Since 1970, the 22nd of April each year has been celebrated as World Earth Day, the biggest global environment movement and an occasion to talk about the environment and encourage its protection through numerous initiatives.
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Sustainable diets can help us feed the planet and achieve the goals of cop21

On the eve of Earth day and the ratification of the agreement reached on 12 December at COP21 by signatory countries, the BCFN Foundation highlights the impact of our daily food choices and the importance of adopting sustainable diets in order to protect the well-being of both people and the planet.
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Clear goals and flexible means

Little I knew when I sent my project idea to BCFN back in 2014 that I would now be based in Timor-Leste doing a PhD about such project. Life takes it’s course, that is for sure, and many times in completely unexpected ways. This is the story of the journey since I took that plane from my home town at that time, Sydney, to Dili, a land of new beginnings.
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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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Over 700,000 signatures against food waste

This is the astonishing result of a petition in favour of a law to combat food waste by large stores. Inspired by the Milan Protocol on Food and Nutrition, the initiative is gaining ground all over Europe.
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Dialogue between institutions and private organisations

The second edition of the World Food Research and Innovation Forum was held in Parma with the aim of putting those involved in sustainable development in touch with stakeholders in the agro-food supply chain.
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Sustainability on a plate

Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food and member of the BCFN advisory board, recently reissued “Good, clean and fair”, the text which introduced the “Slow Food philosophy” to the world 10 years ago. To celebrate its re-release, we are publishing an extract of the text which Petrini wrote for the 2016 edition of Eating Planet – BCFN’s book on food, the environment, agriculture, sustainability and the fight against food waste. He speaks of a fundamental principle: the cost of food should not be limited to its economic value, but must also take into account a collection of other values regarding society as a whole and its evolution

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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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