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20 Oct

WATER SCARCITY AND MIGRATION: TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN

Two-thirds of the world’s population live in conditions of serious water scarcity for at least one month of the year. And yet, a person drinks on average two litres of water a day, and without realising it, we all use up to 5,000 litres of ‘virtual’ water per day in the food we eat. It is time to think again about our food systems. These are the key issues tackled in the third edition of the Food Sustainability Report, a quarterly summary document, developed by the BCFN and the Milan Center for Food Law and Policy, which helps to put the pressing global issues regarding food and sustainability in the spotlight. Read the Food Sustainability Report, visit: www.foodsustainabilityreport.org

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7 Jul

SUMMER CHALLENGE: LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT “WEIGHING” DOWN THE PLANET

Israel, the US and, rather surprisingly, Italy - which the Bloomberg Global Health Index named as the “healthiest” nation in the world thanks to its Mediterranean diet - are the countries where people eat “too much”, according to the Food Sustainability Index developed by the Barilla Foundation and the Economist Intelligence Unit. It is here where most effort will need to be put in to getting “beach ready” and getting back to a healthy lifestyle. The goal is to choose diets which are not harmful to our health, which help us get back in to shape and which do not harm the planet.  

Here are the Ten Commandments for a sustainable diet: 10 useful tips to help you keep in shape without weighing down the planet


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18 Apr

EARTH DAY (22nd APRIL 2017): THE BCFN FOUNDATION AND THE MILAN CENTER FOR FOOD LAW AND POLICY: EACH YEAR THE PLANET LOSES AN AGRICULTURAL SURFACE AREA AS BIG AS THE PHILIPPINES. IN 40 YEARS, 30% OF ALL ARABLE LAND WILL BE INFERTILE, WHILE HUNGER IS ALRE

In the run-up to Earth Day and the first anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreement (COP21) on climate change, the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation and the Milan Center for Food Law and Policy are offering an innovative snapshot of how food production impacts the environment and land consumption in Italy and around the globe. Marking the occasion is the publication of the Food Sustainability Report: a quarterly document which serves as a “magnifying glass” to show institutions, the media, stakeholders, policy makers and society at large what the main international themes revolving around food and sustainability are. The first edition presents a true paradox: cultivation is on the rise, but hunger and famine are making dramatic inroads. And with the global population growth expected by 2050, the situation is becoming increasingly critical.

Read the Food Sustainability Report at: www.foodsustainabilityreport.org


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18 Sep

BRUSSELS: A JOURNEY TO DISCOVER WHEN FOOD IS REALLY GOOD. HOW CAN WE EAT BETTER AND HELP THE PLANET?

From September 18 to November 10, an exhibition in the Belgian capital will explain “when food is produced sustainably”, “where the narrowest gap between hunger and obesity is” and “where the fight against food waste is most effective”. Organised by the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition, this truly multi-sensory journey will get viewers involved and will demonstrate how much our dietary choices impact not only our health, but also the world we live in. The exhibit, along with the webinar scheduled for September 21 from 4-5 pm (www.barillacfn.com/webinar), is one of the main international events leading up to the BCFN’s next Forum on Food and Nutrition, taking place December 4-5 in Milan.

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6 Jul

SUMMER CHALLENGE: LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT “WEIGHING” DOWN THE PLANET

According to the Food Sustainability Index developed by the Barilla Foundation and The Economist Intelligence Unit, Italy comes in third among the countries which eat “too much”. Italians are currently the healthiest people in the world, thanks in part to the Mediterranean diet*, but our country may fall from the top spot due to a gradual deviation from this dietary model, especially among young people (1 in every 4 under-18s is overweight). And poor food choices, as well as harming our health, can also take their toll on the planet. With the arrival of summer – as we all try to get “beach ready” – here is a guide to rediscovering a healthy lifestyle through sustainable eating: 10 top tips for staying in shape without harming the environment

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21 Mar

WORLD WATER DAY, 22 MARCH. BCFN FOUNDATION: GERMANY TOPS WORLD LEADERBOARD IN EFFICICENT WATER USAGE, USA WORST FOR PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION

Water is a basic human right now formally recognised by the UN; however, 30,000 people still die every day from a lack of water and 1,000 children die from illnesses linked to unsafe water. Of the small percentage of water that is readily available on the planet, 70% is used for agriculture. Our food choices therefore could reduce our daily water footprint to 2,000 litres per capita. The BCFN and the Thomson Reuters Foundation have launched the Food Sustainability Media Award to focus public attention on the impact our food choices have on the environment and how we can make changes for the benefit of ourselves and the planet.

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20 Jul

FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY, BRAZIL AND AUSTRALIA: THE 5 COUNTRIES WHICH ARE CHANGING THE WORLD (WITH THEIR FOOD CHOICES)

The summer holidays have arrived, and now, 1 in every 2 travellers chooses their destination based on the food on offer. But which countries eat the best overall, not just in terms of taste? Ranging from France’s holistic approach to tackling food waste (only 2.31% of the food produced is lost in the supply chain), to young farmers in Brazil (1 in 3 is under 24) and sustainable farming in Italy (-34% equivalent CO2 emissions compared to traditional farming methods): the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation reveals the 5 countries which are already starting to change the world for the better (and where food lovers can choose to spend their holidays)

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31 May

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY, THE BARILLA FOUNDATION: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IS ALIVE AND WELL IN ITALY, BUT THE FUTURE IS AT RISK. WE MUST INVEST IN YOUNG PEOPLE AND INNOVATION.

Coinciding with World Environment Day (5 June), and just a few days after the G7 summit in Taormina, the BCFN is shining the spotlight on the impact of agriculture on climate change.

30% of greenhouse gas emissions come from food production, compared to 23.6% from heating and 18.5% from transportation. Farming alone produces 24% of global greenhouse gases and uses 70% of the world’s fresh water.

Italy stands out for its sustainable agriculture practices (in seventh place out of 15 nations on the Food Sustainability Index), but it’s still behind regarding the rate of young people and women working in agriculture and the average age of farmers (20th place on the Index), factors which are crucial to ensuring sustainable agricultural development in the future. 

Things are starting to change, however: in Italy between 2014 and 2015, approximately 20,000 people under 30 joined the agricultural workforce (+12.4% compared to 1.1% of the overall economy), even if that number is still far off from those of France and Germany. 


The BCFN and the Milan Center for Food Law and Policy have launched the Food Sustainability Report: a quarterly document which aggregates and analyses important global topics related to food and sustainability. To read the Food Sustainability Report, please visit www.foodsustainabilityreport.org


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1 Dec

The BCFN reveals the results of the Food Sustainability Index (FSI)
France, Japan and Canada: the countries where people eat best around the world.
Italy comes sixth.
India and Saudi Arabia face the greatest food challenges.
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11 Oct

THE BCFN PRESENTS THE NEW EDITION OF THE DOUBLE PYRAMID
Just a few days prior to World Food Day (16 October), the Barilla Foundation launches the new version of the Double Food and Environmental Pyramid. One of the themes that will be discussed at the 7th International Forum on Food and Nutrition in Milan on 1 December
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3 Jun

5 PROPOSALS RETHINKING OUR FOOD SYSTEM TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE
This World Environment Day (5th June), the BCFN Foundation will present the recommendations of internationally renowned scientists and experts who have rethought our food paradigms to defend our health and that of the planet.
The aim is to find new systems to feed a global population of 9 billion by 2050, to limit greenhouse gas concentrations and keep global warming below 1.5°C.
The final Manifesto will be presented on the 30th November and the 1st December at the 7th BCFN Forum.
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23 Feb

BARILLA FOUNDATION LAUNCHES SECOND EDITION OF EATING PLANET: PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS AND PROPOSALS TO CREATE A SUSTAINABLE WORLD
Sustainable Diets Key for the Well-Being of People and the Planet.
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1 Dec

Thomson Reuters Foundation and BCFN Launch Food Sustainability Media Award
Call for media professionals and emerging talent to shed light on food and nutrition.
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11 Oct

EAT BETTER, EAT LESS, FOOD FOR ALL
The Barilla Foundation presents the 7th International Forum on Food and Nutrition
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18 May

BCFN: PROTECT THE PLANET AND OUR HEALTH WITH A MEDITERRANEAN DIET AND LOCAL PRODUCTS
Presented today in Siena, “Eating Planet. Food and Sustainability: Building our Future” produced by the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation. This edition shows how, with a balanced diet (and sustainable choices including local products and native animal breeds), it is possible to reduce the environmental impact of our daily food choices, prevent the emergence of chronic and cardiovascular diseases and lead a healthy and sustainable lifestyle
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18 Feb

BCFN: WE ARE EATING OUR PLANET
Sustainable diets key for the wellness of humanity and the planet
The second edition of “Eating Planet. Food and sustainability: building our future” by the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation was presented today, in Milan, to the press and public.
The volume explores how a balanced diet can, at the same time, reduce the environmental impact of our daily eating choices, prevent the onset of chronic and cardiovascular diseases and result in a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

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26 Oct

BCFN STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP (30 SEPTEMBER 2016)
“A Tour Around the Mediterranean Diet: Carbohydrates”
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26 Sep

BARILLA FOUNDATION: WE ARE DEVOURING OUR PLANET
IN 40 YEARS, WE WILL HAVE 30% LESS CULTIVABLE LAND BECAUSE OF OUR UNSUSTAINABLE FOOD CHOICES
For the annual Slow Food events Terra Madre- Salone del Gusto, the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition presents the second edition of “Eating Planet. Food and Sustainability: building our future” in Turin and announces the next meeting of the International Forum on Food and Nutrition, to be held in Milan on 1 December.
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22 Apr

BCFN: FEEDING OVER 9 BILLION PEOPLE BY 2050 WHILE COMPLYING WITH THE PARIS AGREEMENTS: IT IS POSSIBLE WITH SUSTAINBLE DIETS
On the eve of Earth Day and the ratification of the agreement made on 12 December in Paris at COP21 by the signatory countries, the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation is highlighting the impact of our daily food choices and the importance of adopting sustainable diets for preserving the well-being of people and the planet. BCFN is in Rome to present the second edition of “Eating Planet. Food and Sustainability: Building our Future”.

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24 Nov

EXPO MILANO 2015 AND ITALIAN FOOD AND SUSTAINABILITY IN A BOOK BY INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISTS
In the year of Expo 2105, 55 journalists from 27 countries present the “Gusto italiano per nutrire il mondo” book.
The Milan Charter, inspired by Barilla (BCFN) Foundation’s Milan Protocol, attracts high interest among the correspondents.

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22 Sep

SUSTAINABLE CULTIVATION FOR WOMEN IN CAMEROON AND AGRICULTURE VERSUS DEFORESTATION IN AMAZONIA THE WINNING BCFNYES! PROJECTS FOR 2015
Innovative solutions to food paradoxes from young researchers: “Young people want to be the key players in life change in their countries”.

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3 Jun

ONE-THIRD OF THE FOOD WE PRODUCE EACH YEAR IS WASTED
Reducing food waste by 50% by 2020 is the objective of the Barilla Foundation's (BCFN) Milan Protocol.

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20 Mar

EXPO 2015: THE BCFN PRESENTS THE MILAN PROTOCOL TO THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE MAURIZIO MARTINA
The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) presented the Milan Protocol, to the Italian Minister of agriculture, food and forestry policies. The Milan Protocol, promoted by the BCFN Foundation, aims at making the Government and public Institutions aware of the necessity to sign an agreement on nutrition on the occasion of EXPO 2015.

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5 Feb

WHAT SHAPE WILL ITALY’S “MILAN CHARTER” FOR EXPO2015 TAKE?

Check out the Barilla Foundation’s Proposal on www.milanprotocol.com Visit www.barillacfn.com to find out what ideas institutions, companies, and international food experts have for Expo2015.


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16 Oct

WORLD FOOD DAY PAOLO BARILLA: “LISTENING TO YOUNG PEOPLE IS FUNDAMENTAL FOR THE FUTURE OF THE AGRI-FOOD SYSTEM”
New approaches like the BCFN Youth Manifesto are needed “Concrete proposals to solve the paradoxes by the young authors of the Milan Protocol”.

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10 Jul

EATING WELL HELPS THE PLANET 30% OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT DEPENDS ON OUR DIET
The Mediterranean diet is confirmed to be good for people and the environment.

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27 Apr

THE BARILLA FOUNDATION WELCOMES THE MILAN CHARTER
Invites the 100 organizations that signed the Milan Protocol, as well as its 15,000 online supporters, to be part of the right-to-food project.

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16 Mar

WE DRINK 2 LITERS OF WATER A DAY
BUT WE CONSUME 4000 TO FEED OURSELVES
And the water footprint of food waste is equivalent to approximately 2,500 billion liters every year worldwide, three times the volume of Lake Geneva
The objectives and targets for a sustainable future proposed by the Milan Protocol 
created by the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) Foundation.

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28 Jan

BARILLA CENTER FOR FOOD & NUTRITION URGES EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT TO PROMOTE A MORE SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEM
Today the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) presented its new policy paper on Sustainable Diets before the European Parliament. The BCFN paper is the latest in a series of stakeholder efforts calling on the EU institutions to build a more sustainable food system across Europe and globally.

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23 Sep

YOUNG PEOPLE URGE LEADERS TO FIX BROKEN FOOD SYSTEM WITH CONCRETE PROPOSALS “FOODLITZER”, AN INTERNATIONAL PULITZER FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM ON FOOD SUSTAINABILITY
“FOODLITZER”, an international Pulitzer for excellence in journalism on food sustainability.
Food and agriculture corporations' boards open to activists.
There are just two of seven proposals of the Youth Manifesto presented by researchers from across the world at Expo 2015.
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24 Jun

10 NEW SIGNERS FOR THE MILAN PROTOCOL WINS SUPPORT FROM 10 NEW SIGNERS 
THE DOCUMENT OF BARILLA FOUNDATION IS SUPPORTED BY OVER 100 ORGANIZATIONS AND 15,000 PEOPLE
New signers include Findus, Stop Hunger Now, the Monte dei Paschi Foundation 
 and Reggio Children.

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20 Apr

LET’S GIVE MORE POWER TO WOMEN TO REVOLUTIONIZE THE GLOBAL FOOD SYSTEM
For World Earth Day and in view of Milan Expo 2015, the Barilla Foundation (BCFN) presents solid proposals for sustainable agriculture.

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12 Mar

EATING SUSTAINABLY CAN SAVE 2,500 LITERS OF WATER A DAY
In Miami, the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) Foundation presents the impact of various food models on people’s health and the environment, confirming the effectiveness of the Mediterranean Diet and the BCFN’s Food and Environment Double Pyramid.
The Universal Expo in Milan - starting in May and presented for the first time in the USA - can respond to many of the world’s food paradoxes thanks to the Milan Charter.

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23 Jan

UK-ITALY BUSINESS AWARD: SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR EXPO TO THE MILAN PROTOCOL OF THE BARILLA FOUNDATION
British Government, UK Trade & Investment and British Consulate General in Milan announced the winners of the eighth edition of the Uk-Italy Business Award.

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1 Dec

THE "FONDAZIONE PER L’EDUCAZIONE FINANZIARIA E AL RISPARMIO" AND THE BARILLA CENTER FOR FOOD AND NUTRITION FOUNDATION WORK TOGETHER ON THE “RISPARMIAMO IL PIANETA” PROJECT

To introduce students to the main subjects underpinning EXPO 2015 - “Nourish the Planet, Energy for Life”, which will be held in Milan from 1 May to 31 October 2015, the Fondazione per l’Educazione Finanziaria e al Risparmio, in collaboration with the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN) Foundation, has developed the “Risparmiamo il Pianeta” educational programme, which is being presented at the 6th Forum on Food and Nutrition. Secondary school students will have the opportunity to take part in educational workshops and the presentation of the international finalist projects in the BCFN Young Earth Solutions! (BCFN YES!) competition.


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24 Oct

SLOW FOOD FOUNDER CARLO PETRINI AND TOP CHEF JAMIE OLIVER ENDORSE THE MILAN PROTOCOL PROMOTED BY THE BCFN FOUNDATION
The founder of Slow Food points to the need for a Global Agreement on Food, which is endorsed today by international cooking phenomenon Jamie Oliver, one of the world’s most popular and socially committed chefs.

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5 May

CIBUS OPENS WITH THE MILAN PROTOCOL PROMOTED BY THE BARILLA CENTER FOR FOOD AND NUTRITION FOUNDATION
The Milan Protocol promoted by the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation will mark the opening of Cibus 2014, the 17th International Food Exhibition.
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25 Mar

THE BCFN REACHES OUT TO STUDENTS ACROSS THE GLOBE TO HELP THE EARTH IN VIEW OF EXPO 2015
The event will focus on the issues tackled by the Milan Protocol - the fight against food waste, obesity and non-sustainable agriculture
10,000 euros at stake in the third edition of YES!

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20 Nov

MATTEO RENZI SUPPORTS THE MILAN PROTOCOL
Italian Prime Minister welcomes global food deal of the barilla foundation after pope francis’ call for new world rules on nutrition.

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9 Oct

THE BCFN FOUNDATION PRESENTS THE NEW VERSION OF THE DOUBLE FOOD-ENVIRONMENTAL PYRAMID IN THE USA
Lifestyles and environmental impact are the subject of new studies that highlight the importance of introducing a new food culture, one of the goals of the Milan Protocol for Expo 2015.
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16 Apr

EXPO 2015 PROPOSES A SET OF GLOBAL FOOD LAWS
The first online debate on the milan protocol www.milanprotocol.com
Legambiente announces its support.
Now available for download from http://www.protocollodimilano.it/app/assets/pdf/MilanProtocol.pdf the “Good Practice Guide” containing useful advice about how to act virtuously and respect the environment

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20 Mar

EXPO 2015: the BCFN PRESENTS the MILAN PROTOCOL to the MINISTER of agriculture MAURIZIO MARTINA
Rome, March 20 2014 – The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) presented the Milan Protocol, to the Italian Minister of agriculture, food and forestry policies. The Milan Protocol, promoted by the BCFN Foundation, aims at making the Government and public Institutions aware of the necessity to sign an agreement on nutrition on the occasion of EXPO 2015.

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6 Nov

EXPO 2015 MILAN PROTOCOL PRESENTED TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
During Italy’s presidency of the EU Council and just a few months before Expo 2015 opens, the BCFN Foundation presents the Milan Protocol to the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

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1 Oct

BCFN YOUNG EARTH SOLUTIONS!
30 IDEAS TO SAVE THE PLANET INSPIRED BY THE MILAN PROTOCOL HAVE BEEN SELECTED BY THE BCFN FOUNDATION
The winner will receive a prize of ten thousand euros to help them put their idea into practice. The final will be held on December 3rd and 4th during the 6th International Forum on Food and Nutrition organized by the BCFN Foundation.

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10 Apr

BARILLA FOUNDATION ADDRESSES TO PRIME MINISTER RENZI: SHARE OUR PROJECT FOR EXPO 2015

WWF and Bioversity

Join the supporteres of the milan protocol

Experts from the WWF Italy and Bioversity International will contribute to define the content

of the Protocol by Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) for Expo 2015. On April 15 the first

Milan Protocol talk on www.protocollodimilano.it and www.milanprotocol.com


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