Double Pyramid 2016 - A more sustainable future depends on us

Since 2010, the Double Pyramid has reminded us that the foods we choose are fundamental not only to our own health, but to that of the environment as well. In fact, this model demonstrates that those foods with the least environmental impact are the same ones that nutritionists recommend we eat more of, while those with a more pronounced environmental footprint are those that should be consumed in moderation.

The Double Pyramid is the synthesis of the relationship between food and environment which BCFN has been analysing, with a multi-disciplinary approach, since 2009. The idea of constructing the environmental pyramid as the upside-down image of the classic food pyramid has succeeded in effectively conveying the message that the most healthy foods are also those that are most consistent with an environmentally sustainable ethic.

As is the case every year, the report dedicated to the Double Pyramid aims to combine scientific rigour and dissemination in order to reach the broadest audience possible, made up of people who make important choices everyday, for both themselves and for future generations, in terms of the foods that they eat.

This year’s report, accompanied as always by a supporting technical document, updates the Double Pyramid not only graphically but also in the scientific evidence that supports this model. The database on which the Double Pyramid is based has in fact grown from several hundred entries in 2010 to more than 1300 in 2016. Other developments involve the introduction of coverage of relevant current events, like the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) and its implications for the entire food system, initiatives being promoted locally which promote greater access to healthy and sustainable foods, and the birth of food trends that in some cases assume the characteristics of actual ‘religions’.

The BCFN research group, which has contributed to the creation of this volume, hopes for a collaboration between both public and private entities in order to help build a more just, equal, and sustainable world.

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