6 Nov 2014


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.

The Milan Protocol promoted by the BCFN Foundation continues to work its way through the institutions. In view of the presentation of the final version to coincide with the 6th Forum on Food and Nutrition (3-4 December, Bocconi University, Milan), the document has now reached the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, sponsored by Paolo De Castro, coordinator of the S&D group in the Committee and member of the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation’s BoD.
This is an important step forward, also in view of the imminent start of the programme of work at Expo 2015, which has set itself the task of defining the state of the art of international policy on sustainability, the environment, food and diet. The rapporteur was Riccardo Valentini - an Advisory Board member of the BCFN Foundation, the Director of the Climate Impacts Division of the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, and the winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - who described the Protocol’s goals in detail: a 50% reduction by 2020 of the unbelievable figure of 1.3 billion tonnes of food wasted in the world, through campaigns addressed to raising awareness about the phenomenon and long term agreements involving the entire food supply chain, starting with agriculture; the introduction of agricultural reforms and the fight against financial speculation, with limitations on the use of food-based biofuels; and the war against obesity, by stressing the importance of food education right from childhood and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.
The invitation extended to members of the Agriculture Commission is to contribute to the drafting of the Protocol, which is a document open to suggestions from all interested parties - the www.milanprotocol.com welcomes comments and opinions - and is overseen by a Control and Monitoring Committee which supervises its effective implementation. So far over 70 international supporters have signed up to promote the Protocol.
“This is an important opportunity to raise the debate around the Milan Protocol to a global level. We hope that in addition to civil society, politicians will also take action to adopt the goals of the document as their own, with the aim of defining clear, universal guidelines,” said Riccardo Valentini, “The institutions are showing increasing interest in the Agreement on Food and Diet, which intends to act as a starting point to share and draw up useful solutions to protect the plant and the people who live on it”.
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