20 Nov 2014

MATTEO RENZI SUPPORTS THE MILAN PROTOCOL

Italian Prime Minister welcomes global food deal of the barilla foundation after pope francis’ call for new world rules on nutrition.



Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi today gave his support to the Milan Protocol promoted by the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN) Foundation in the lead up to Expo 2015. The Protocol aims to raise the awareness of governments, companies and civil society about the urgent action needed to make the global food system sustainable: the reduction of food waste, the promotion of sustainable agriculture, and the war on hunger and obesity by promotion healthy lifestyles.

On the day that Pope Francis underlined the urgent need for new rules to contrast the big food and nutrition contradictions of the modern world, the BCFN Foundation handed over the Protocol to the Italian premier with the hope that participating countries to Expo 2015 in Milan will sign up to a global food deal.
Guido Barilla, President of the BCFN Foundation, said: “Our hope is that Italian and international institutions will adopt the Protocol in order to underline the urgency of placing concrete measures at the core of political agendas to safeguard our future. We have an opportunity to go down in history by taking clear commitments with the world.”
The Milan Protocol presents itself as a valid basis for discussion to plan our food and nutrition future. It’s a document open to suggestions of all parties involved, which can submit their proposals through the dedicated platform www.milanprotocol.com. 500 international experts have given their contributions to the Milan Protocol over the past 12 months, while more than 70 between organizations and institutional bodies - on top of thousands of private individuals - have endorsed it.
So far, the Protocol consists of eight articles and it has already been signed by numerous international organizations - including the famous chef Jamie Oliver and his Jamie Oliver Foundation, Eataly, Slow Food, Italian farmers’ association Coldiretti, WWF and Save The Children – as well as by personalities including Oscar Farinetti from Eataly and Carlo Petrini.

“The Milan Protocol offers an extraordinary opportunity to focus attention, opportunities for change and, most importantly, the planning skills of the institutions, civil society and companies on a concern we all share. Slow Food has been contributing right from the outset to the process of drafting the Protocol. We think that the progresses made until now constitute an excellent basis for further improvements that can be made thanks to everyone’s contribution”- argued Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food.
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