23 Sep 2015


“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.

Eighty young researchers from across the world engaged by the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation today presented the Youth Manifesto on the future of food, people and the planet to the Italian Minister of Agriculture Maurizio Martina at Expo Milano 2015.
The Manifesto offers concrete proposals to fix the food system tied to the Milan Charter, which will be delivered to the United Nations on 26 September during meetings that will also be attended by Pope Francis.

The strong words used by the Pope, who has denounced the danger of a food system that has reached its limits on several occasions, join the solutions presented by the young people in Milan today.

Not general guidelines but concrete proposals for 7 key roles for the food system: policymakers, farmers, activists, educators, the food industry, journalists and researchers. These people will be entrusted with addressing the planet’s major challenges outlined in the Milan Charter: hunger, obesity, food waste and the exploitation of the Earth.

What are the proposals?

To policymakers: move away from a purely economic cost-benefit analysis by considering carefully the environmental, social, health and cultural impacts of policies when designing and adopting legislation.

To farmers: bring young people back to farming, this profession that feeds us all. Work with governments for better access to land and urban spaces, to financing, and to appropriate methods to empower a new generation of farmers.

To educators: commit to teaching all children about the relationship that connects food, people, health and the planet by making food, nutrition and agriculture education mandatory in school curricula around the world.

To food industry businesspeople: lead by example by creating sustainable supply chains, supporting farmers and making available healthy products that inspire consumers to adopt sustainable living.

To journalists: bring recognition to the importance of fact-based media coverage of hunger, food, obesity, nutrition, and agriculture with the “Foodlitzer”, an international award for excellence in independent reporting on sustainability issues.

To activists: advocate that food and agriculture corporations provide a seat on their boards to include our perspectives. This will create new spaces for activist-business cooperation, for example in sustainable agriculture, food waste reduction and healthier product composition.

To researchers: deliver unbiased open data in a way that connects multiple disciplines to make complicated concepts about food, agriculture and nutrition understandable, accessible, and exploitable.

“For years now, the Barilla Foundation has been working with young researchers from all over the world. The Youth Manifesto for Expo 2015 and the handing over of the Milan Charter to Ban-ki Moon completes this work – said Paolo Barilla, Vice President of BCFN Foundation – The young people helped to draft the Milan Protocol, a Barilla Foundation document which inspired the Milan Charter for a more sustainable global food system. The Youth Manifesto makes a strong call to the world leaders, but is also a statement of responsibility made by the young people themselves who will be the leaders of the future”.

In the Youth Manifesto, the young researchers also directly address citizens of all countries, by inviting them to make their voices heard and take action, because global food challenges can only be won by working together.

There’s not much time left, but a sustainable future for people and the planet is still possible. The handing over of the Milan Charter to the UN on 26 September can be an opportunity for leaders to make a strong commitment for real change.
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