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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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 sustainability

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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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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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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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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Eating disorders: Prevention is essential

Identifying risk factors early on means that mothers can be given guidance to avoid instilling incorrect behaviour towards food in their children. Stefania Sinesi, psychologist and psychotherapist, has founded a non-profit organisation, NEVER GIVE UP, which helps teenagers who are dealing with these illnesses.
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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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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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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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The lifesaving power of agriculture

After the earthquake that devastated the country last year, life in remote hills of Nepal confirms the role of agriculture: a shield against post-disaster food insecurity.
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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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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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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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A survey for food education

There are many examples of successful food education projects around the world but a unified movement is still missing. The BCFN Alumni group has repetitively called out the urgent need for national standards in order to provide children with food skills and knowledge since an early age. The following are some insights from a small survey recently conducted among them.
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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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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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What does “healthy food” mean?

It might seem like an easy question, but US experts at the Food and Drug Administration have long been considering a review of their definition of “healthy” when it comes to food products.
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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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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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Unhealthy food goes to your head

More and more studies are connecting the quality of people’s diet in childhood with cognitive development and academic performance, even in countries which do not suffer widespread hunger problems.
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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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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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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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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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World Health Day: Focus on Diabetes

A whole day dedicated to health, with a particular focus on the prevention, treatment and awareness of diabetes, a complex chronic disease which in many cases can be prevented by following simple guidelines.
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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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The America of high-calorie snacks

A PAHO study quantifies the increase in consumption of unhealthy foods in the Americas and establishes six action points to combat childhood obesity.
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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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Disgusting? It's a question of culture

Disgust is an emotion defined by physiological and cognitive factors but also by relational, social and cultural aspects. This is why our food choices are to a large extent determined by our upbringing and the context in which we live.
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Food Revolution Day: The Children of the Revolution

Once again this May, a day dedicated to fresh and tasty food will be held to remind the world of the benefits of healthy eating which needs to be a core message in children’s education.

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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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