10 Apr 2014

BCFN ADDRESSES TO PRIME MINISTER RENZI

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




On the eve of the Prime Minister Matteo Renzi visit in Milan for Expo 2015, new contributions and supports to the drafting of the Milan Protocol promoted by the BCFN Foundation come from the WWF Italy and Bioversity International.

“Our hope is that Milan Expo may represent the opportunity to put food issues in the middle of the international governments agenda” – says Guido Barilla, President of the BCFN Foundation “We wish that Italy will be able to sustain this project playing a leadership role via the Global Accord on Food and Nutrition promotion”.

Bioversity chair Ann Tutwiler comments: “The Protocol is a brave act that draws attention to issues requiring urgent solutions. Expo 2015 represents a unique opportunity: we want to present a set of practical proposals at this event”.
They will be discussed next April 15 during the webinar broadcast on www.protocollodimilano.it / www.milanprotocol.com by Slow Food Founder and President Carlo Petrini, Director of the Impacts Division of the Euro Mediterranean Center on Climate Change and BCFN Advisory Board member Riccardo Valentini, and WWF Italy Scientific Director Gianfranco Bologna.
The debate will focus on how to enrich the three macro topics presented by BCFN for Expo 2015:
1) The fight against food waste: 50% reduction by 2020 of the unbelievable figure of 1.3 billion tonnes of food wasted in the world, through campaigns aimed at raising awareness about the phenomenon and long term agreements that involve the entire food supply chain, starting with agriculture;
2) Agricultural reforms and the fight against financial speculation: a more sustainable agriculture thanks to limits on those who bet on the raw material prices and on the use of food-based biofuels;
3) The fight against obesity, by highlighting the importance of food education from an early age and the promotion of healthy lifestyles, following the example of Michelle Obama in the United States.

“The WWF has decided to support the Milan Protocol to draw the attention of everyone, and first and foremost the public at large, to the issues that affect us most closely with particular attention to the Planet biodiversity focusing on Expo 2015 and its role to concretize a significant political commitment. Unprecedented challenges that human kind is going to face require a strong commitment by Institutions, private organizations, ONGs and the entire society in order to identify and adopt the best possible solutions” says Gianfranco Bologna.
Young people commitment will be particularly important, as stated by Carlo Petrini, spurred by the belief that decisions about the future must be taken with “the proactive collaboration of young people through forms of associationism that promote the issues tackled by the Protocol”. But the real scandal pointed to by the Slow Food President is “death by starvation.
We must make the necessary decisions to stop this tragedy. We need to rebuild the subsistence economy based on happiness, the universal right to food and respect for the environment”.
According to Petrini “we need to take action to defend biodiversity and to promote traditional rural culture by rebuilding our collective memory, in order to educate young people and to provide incentives for and support low environmental impact agriculture”.
“Our scope” – points out Ann Tutwiler by Bioversity International“is to identify technical and scientific solutions and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security”.

Bioversity International
The mission of Bioversity International is to deliver scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security. Bioversity
International is a member of the Consortium Group of International Agricultural Research Centers.
www.bioversityinternational.org.

WWF
The World Wide Fund for Nature was founded in Switzerland in 1961 and is today the most important organization for the conservation of nature. The panda logo is one of the most popular in the world, a symbol of commitment, pragmatism and positivity for the protection of natural ecosystems and for the humanity’s future. More than 5 million people around the world have chosen to directly support the activities of the WWF. Active in 96 countries, WWF produces annually 2,000 projects for the protection of biodiversity and actual activation patterns of sustainable human development. In Italy the WWF has existed since 1966, and can now count on the support of 300000 members, 400000 supporters and 100000 school children engaged in environmental education programs.
WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature
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