Food and sustainability

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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Food and society

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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Food and society

Business, science and governments, working together for sustainability

To rise to the challenge of creating a new food system and, more generally, of achieving truly sustainable development, all the main shareholders around the world need to work together in close cooperation.

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Food and sustainability

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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Food and society

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 and sustainability

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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food and health

Teaching kitchen: cooking to learn about…health

An active lifestyle and balanced diet are the foundations for good health, but theories aren’t enough. Everyone, doctors included, needs to “get their hands dirty” - at least in the kitchen.
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Fasting for nerds

A company which produces cognitive-enhancing products has started a new trend, now rampant in Silicon Valley: the day of complete fasting, in which employees of Californian tech companies avoid food for the betterment of their health and for longer life spans.
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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 and society

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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food and health

Feet, forks and fingers: three “F’s” to improve lifestyles

Our food, and more generally our lifestyle, can be an important tool to improve the health of people and the planet without sacrificing the pleasure inherent to eating. We discussed this idea with David Katz, one of the world’s leading experts on the link between food and prevention.
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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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Food and sustainability

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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The first BCFN stakeholder workshop on the Mediterranean diet: Carbohydrates

The BCFN has organized a series of Stakeholder Workshops scheduled to take place between 2016 and 2018 geared towards gaining a better understanding of the primary nutrients of the Mediterranean diet: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
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Food and society

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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Food and society

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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Food and sustainability

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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Food and society

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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Food and sustainability

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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food and health

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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Food and sustainability

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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Food and society

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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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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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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