11 Oct 2016


The Barilla Foundation presents the 7th International Forum on Food and Nutrition

Milan, 12 October 2016 – On 1 December 2016 the 7th edition of the International Forum on Food and Nutrition, organized by the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition, returns to Milan’s Bocconi University. A day full of appointments with experts and opinion makers like Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food; Kanayo Nwanze, President of IFAD; Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Director of SDSN; and Stefano Zamagni, economist and member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences – who will each discuss the great paradoxes of our food system. Thus, this great interdisciplinary event, like none other in Italy, returns: an opportunity to exchange findings, scientific data, and best practices aimed at achieving the objectives of sustainable development – as laid out by the United Nations – and building a dietary model that respects the health of both people and the planet. However, the conference will also provide an opportunity to propose real and effective solutions to pressing issues like hunger and obesity, the proper use of natural resources, food waste, sustainable diets, the environmental impact of farming, and climate change.

“Of the many global emergencies facing our planet, that regarding the sustainability of our food system may seem like less of a priority, but it isn’t! Among the root causes of this complex global situation – that includes war, migration, economic crisis, and climate change – the paradoxes that continue to afflict our food system are of fundamental importance. Unfortunately, there are still too few of us who realize this and understand the implications,” explained Luca Virginio, Vice President of the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition. “Behind the message which is the Forum’s slogan – Feed Well, Feed Less, Feed Everyone – lies a profound meaning. If I eat better and if I eat less, I do something positive not only for myself, but also for the planet and for everyone else living on it. And I contribute, in my own small way, to encouraging a more equal distribution of food. The first step, as simple as it is undervalued, can be that of following a sustainable diet,” continued Virginio, “And that’s why we at the Barilla Foundation have been committed to important projects with exceptional partners, who you will learn more about over the course of this 7th International Forum. Furthermore, the primary foundations and alliances that work with food at the global level will be participating in the Forum, from the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, to the Carasso Foundation… Another important confirmation of the internationally high calibre of this prestigious event.”


During the International Forum on Food and Nutrition the results of a research project promoted by the BCFN Foundation and the Economist (EIU) will be analysed. The result will be the Food Sustainability Index which will map out – at the global level – the most sustainable cities and countries in the world in terms of food. “With the Economist Group,” continued Virginio, “we are developing an index that will highlight the progress of the main cities and countries in the world in terms of   food paradoxes: from the fight against hunger and obesity, to how to eliminate food waste, to making agriculture more sustainable. We hope this index will be a useful tool that helps contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, highlighting the best practices for inspiring everyone to move towards a sustainable existence in relation to food and nutrition.”

But that’s not all, because at the 7th International Forum “together with the Thomson Reuters Foundation we will present an award to the individual who best represents the food paradoxes through words, photographs, and videos, as well proposes solutions to battling them: the Food Sustainability Award,” continued Luca Virginio.

At the 7th International Forum

Livia Pomodoro (who will be joining the BCFN Advisory Board) will be present at the 7th International Forum, representing the Milan Center for Food Law and Policy, an organization with which BCFN launched a constructive comparison on the themes of nutrition and the right to food at EXPO. The partnership between the two foundations will help to promote synergies and reciprocal exchanges of skills and know-how. The BCFN will also contribute to the promotion of the Right to Food Map (RTF) platform, developed by the Milan Center for Food Law and Policy in collaboration with Metid – Polytechnic University of Milan. The map is a useful tool for gathering together laws, policies, and arenas pertaining to the topic of nutrition from around the world.

Lastly, over the course of the International Forum the winner of the BCFN YES! will be declared, the international competition for young researchers from around the world, launched for the first time in 2012, with the objective of awarding the best ideas regarding food, health, nutrition, and sustainability. The projects will be evaluated by an international jury on the basis of their social impact, innovativeness, originality, and practical feasibility.

The International Forum on Food and Nutrition is a prestigious event, open to everyone. To participate just register at https://www.barillacfn.com/it/forum/. Furthermore, the BCFN app is available for those who wish to remain always up-to-date, keep an eye on the event calendar, have the exclusive opportunity to get in touch with the Forum’s speakers, and share information, studies, and exclusive research. The Forum will also be live on Twitter: just follow #BCFNforum and the official @BarillaCFN account.


Aldo Longo, European Commission – General Director of Agricultural and Rural Development; Marco Valletta, European Commission – Directorate General for Health; Peter Bakker, WBCSD; Livia Pomodoro, President of the Milan Centre for Food Law and Policy; Angelo Riccaboni, Professor of Management at the University of Siena, member of the SDSN Leadership Council and Mediterranean Coordinator of SDSN; Ruth Richardson, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food; Fabrice De Clerck, EAT Initiative; Oliver Oliveros, Agropolis Foundation; Marie Stéphane, Maradeix Foundation; Nina Carasso; Laurie Goering, Climate Editor for the Thomson Reuters Foundation; Marcela Villarreal, Director of Partnership, Advocacy, and Capacity for Development for FAO; Rosie Boycott, Chair of London Food; Jules Hayward, the Ellen McArthur Foundation; David Eisenberg, Associate Professoro at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Matthias Meissner, Senior Advisor on International Agriculture Policy and Food Security for WWF Germany; Ben Valk, Global Head of Multilateral Development Banks; Hans Herren, President and CEO of the Millennium Institute; Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Director of SDSN.


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The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (the BCFN Foundation) is a think tank established in 2009 with the objective of analysing the major topics related to food and nutrition in the world. A multidisciplinary approach is used to study economic, scientific, social, and environmental factors according to their cause and effect relationship with food. The President and Vice President of the BCFN Foundation are Guido and Paolo Barilla, while the board of directors is made up of, among others, Carlo Petrini, president of the Slow Food movement, and Paolo De Castro, coordinator of the European Parliament’s Commission for Agricultural and Rural Development. The organization overseeing the work of the BCFN Foundation and the Advisory Board. For more information please visit: www.barillacfn.com