16 Apr 2014


The first online debate on the milan protocol www.milanprotocol.com
Legambiente announces its support.
Now available for download from http://www.protocollodimilano.it/app/assets/pdf/MilanProtocol.pdf the “Good Practice Guide” containing useful advice about how to act virtuously and respect the environment

The first online debate on the Milan Protocol, launched by the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN), saw participants make a strong appeal to world leaders in the runup to Expo 2015. In the words of the Founder and President of Slow Food and BCFN Board Director Carlo Petrini:

''If we want Expo 2015 to leave a legacy, it must coalesce a visible community of purpose. It would be a mistake to settle for showcasing a series of events,” said Petrini, “Our greatest hope is that Expo 2015 produces a set of laws that countries can quickly enact on issues ranging from the protection of traditional seeds and agro-food education to incentives to introduce good agricultural practices. The protocol will be effective,” he emphasised, “if it acts not only as an operating tool for governments, but also has the power to mobilise young people''.

In the meantime the number of supporters of a world agreement on food and nutrition continues to grow.
“We strongly support the Milan Protocol because we wholly share the three strategic objectives of the proposed action: fighting food wastage - sustainable agriculture (conserving natural resources, most importantly soil fertility, water quality and quantity, biodiversity - ensuring public health by eliminating or reducing to a minimum the use of chemical substances that damage health and ecosystems) - lifestyles (not least diet, emphasising the dual benefits of the Mediterranean diet for human health and to reduce the environmental footprint on ecosystems)”, comments Legambiente National President Vittorio Cogliati Dezza“These are also the goals of our own environmental work, as illustrated by the Manifesto of New Agriculture promoted by Legambiente”.
The speakers in the first online debate on the Milan Protocol - in addition to Carlo Petrini, WWF Italy scientific director Gianfranco Bologna, and Riccardo Valentini, Director of the Climate Impacts Division of the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change and BCFN Advisory Board member - identified a series of actions to include in the Protocol, among them:
- Promoting sustainable development. At present forecasts point to a fall in harvests of 2% on a global scale each year until 2030. This fall is expected to increase if global warming exceeds 4°C and, concurrently, there is a population increase of over 9 billion people by 2050. This makes it absolutely essential to produce food in better ways, which means saving resources and paying more attention to natural capital. Petrini and Bologna focus on respecting biodiversity, and on this point they are in full agreement with Legambiente, which has a “‘new agriculture’ model based on farming that respects the environment and traditional local varieties. This type of agriculture,” states Vittorio Cogliati Dezza, “can offer better yields and higher income to farmers because it reduces growing costs in the mid to long term, increases soil fertility, plant health and the resilience of agroecosystems, and offers farming businesses income supplement and risk diversification opportunities through the rotation and integrated use of crops”;

- Defending the role of food communities (based on the example set by Terra Madre) as virtuous demonstrations of how we can protect a tradition which, Petrini recommends “needs to be passed on to young generations”, who have to play a leading role in the drafting of the Protocol. A bridge between past and future (without distaining the new technologies that can help farmers in the world of web 2.0), remembering that many young people are already converts to agriculture, in their search for a new life model and new values.

“The Milan Protocol is a voluntary agreement supported by its signatories. It is a team effort that engages with the public, governments and private individuals”, says Riccardo Valentini.
Now available for download from http://www.protocollodimilano.it/app/assets/pdf/MilanProtocol.pdf, the “Good Practice Guide” containing useful advice about how to act virtuously and respect the environment

Legambiente (League for the Environment) is the most widespread environmental organization in Italy, with 20 Regional branches and more than 115,000 members. It is acknowledged as “association of environmental interest” by the Ministry of the Environment; it represents the UNEP National Committee for Italy, it is one of the leading member of EEB (“European Environmental Bureau”) the Federation of European environmental organization, and of IUCN - the World Conservation Union. The headquarter is in Rome, with a staff made up of fifty professionals and experts on different fields of activity.

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