Food and sustainability

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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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 sustainability

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 and society

Junk food strikes rich as well as poor

The paradox of the Gulf States is revealed in data collected and analysed by the Food Sustainability Index: in these nations awash with wealth there still exists qualitative malnutrition. Junk food consumption is prevalent, diabetes is a common mortality risk and these factors place a significant strain on local health systems.

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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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food and health

The “right” food is food with little impact on glycemia

Faced with an epidemic of type 2 diabetes, the category most closely linked to lifestyle, experts have developed a few qualitative indexes to help people choose what to eat. The Glycemic Index, for example, indicates the effects of carbohydrates on glycemia and insulin production, in turn linked to the development of various diseases. We talked about it with Camillo Ricordi, a member of the BCFN Advisory Board and one of the world’s leading experts on diabetes and nutrition.

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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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Food and sustainability

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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Food and sustainability

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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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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