5 Feb 2015

WHAT SHAPE WILL ITALY’S “MILAN CHARTER” FOR EXPO2015 TAKE?

Check out the Barilla Foundation’s Proposal on www.milanprotocol.com Visit www.barillacfn.com to find out what ideas institutions, companies, and international food experts have for Expo2015.




February 7 will see the beginning of what could be the most significant legacy of Italy’s Universal Expo: the first draft of the “Milan Charter”, a proposed global agreement to ensure access to safe, healthy food for everyone. The final version of the global food deal will be handed over to the Secretary General of the United Nations in October, when Expo2015 ends.

The global food system is full of contradictions: despite more than enough food is being produced for all, almost a billion people suffer from hunger, while food continues to be wasted and the land exploited to feed livestock and fuel cars.

At the presence of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, a convention will be held Feb. 7 entitled "The Expo of Ideas - towards the Milan Charter", an event sponsored by the Italian Ministry for Agriculture with the participation of institutions, companies, the academic world and representatives of associations and civil society, including the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation.

What form could the “Carta di Milano” take?
The BCFN Foundation’s contribution has been summarized in the Milan Protocol (www.protocollodimilano.it ), which lists concrete measures to: fight food waste from field to fork; combat hunger and obesity, by promoting healthy life styles starting from a young age; encourage more sustainable farming by opposing financial speculation on food raw materials.

Drafted in 2013 following an idea of the BCFN Foundation's Scientific Committee, the Milan Protocol availed itself of the opinion of 500 international experts, and attracted the allegiance of over 70 institutions and public and private organizations including Coldiretti, Eataly, the Jamie Oliver Foundation, Save The Children, Slow Food and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

In lending his support to the BCFN Foundation's proposal, on November 20, 2014, the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi stated: "The Italian Government believes in and advocates the Milan Protocol: its objectives are our objectives."

To bring its own contribution to "The Expo of Ideas", The BCFN Foundation collected the opinions of institutions, companies and international experts for the great event that begins on May 1. To find out more on the thoughts of the main parties involved - from Paolo de Castro, Expo2105 spokesperson for the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, to Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the UN's World Food Program on the challenges and opportunities of this global agreement on food - please visit: www.barillacfn.com
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