9 Oct 2014

BCFN NEW VERSION OF DOUBLE FOOD-ENVIRONMENTAL PYRAMID

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.

To coincide with the 9th International Life Cycle Assessment of Food Conference (LCA Food 2014) in San Francisco, the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation has presented the latest update of its Double Food-Environmental Pyramid. The Double Pyramid demonstrates how the foods we should be eating more frequently for our own general well-being, are also those that have less impact on the environment.

In view of this, the BCFN Foundation has prepared weekly menus - using the Life Cycle Assessment - that indicate both nutritional values and environmental impact. The final goal is to demonstrate how we can all contribute to reducing this impact by making aware dietary choices. If, for example, we look at our weekly nutritional needs, it can be seen that by limiting animal protein consumption to twice a week, our environmental impact in terms of water and greenhouse gas emissions can be halved.
The promotion of healthy lifestyles is one of the goals of the Milan Protocol, the Agreement on Food and Diet to submit to the countries taking part in Expo 2015, which also draws everyone’s attention to other objectives, including the reduction of food wastage, the introduction of agricultural reforms, the fight against financial speculation and the promotion of sustainable agriculture: “Diet continues to be a key issue in the debate on the future of the planet, not least because of growing concern over the environmental impact deriving from the production, distribution and consumption of food.” - comments Luca Ruini, an expert on the subject of environmental sustainability for the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation - “It is primarily in this direction that we are working, with the aim of continuing to conduct studies that correlate nutritional intake with environmental impact and also cost, which represents an increasingly important factor in consumer choices”.  In the lead up to National Overweight and Obesity Awareness Day tomorrow, 10 October, the studies conducted by the BCFN Foundation demonstrate how obesity, as well as being a serious illness we mustn’t underestimate, also incurs a cost for society.
Which is why dietary education is so important in redefining the status quo: recent tests performed in America focus on the relationship between healthy eating and increased spending on food, to demonstrate how eating well can also be rewarded by economic benefits. To sum up, according to 15 studies on the cost of dieting in the USA, eating healthily doesn’t cost more (10 studies out of 15), but in fact saves a monthly average of $124.

6th International Forum on Food and Nutrition
The 6th International Forum on Food and Nutrition promoted by the BCFN Foundation will be held in Milan on December 3rd and 4th 2014 at Bocconi University. Registrations are now being accepted to attend the discussion sessions on Thursday December 4 (http://www.barillacfn.com/en/forum/forum-2014/).
The focus of the Forum will be around issues associated with food and sustainable agriculture, zero hunger and malnutrition, in relation to all the interrelated problems. The protagonist will be the Milan Protocol (www.milanprotocol.com), the proposal for a global agreement on food to present to the governments of countries attending Expo 2015. The Forum has the goal of encouraging debate on the global issues relating to food and to stimulate awareness by generating concrete proposals for the future of people and our planet.
The important guests invited to this sixth edition of the Forum include:
Giuliano Pisapia – Mayor, City of Milan
Livia Pomodoro – President, Court of Milan
Donatella Bianchi – Chairman, WWF Italy
Catherine Bertini - Professor of Public Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and International Affairs at Syracuse University
Franco Sassi - OECD, Health Division, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs
Ann Tutwiler – Director General, Bioversity International
Guido Barilla – Chairman, BCFN Foundation

The sessions on both days of the 6th Forum will be streamed live on www.barillacfn.com.







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