Double Pyramid - Healthy food for people, sustainable food for the planet

BCFN presents the Double Food and Environmental Pyramid which highlights the positive impact of nutritional balance on people’s health as well as protecting the environment. The Double Pyramid shows that foods that should be eaten more frequently, are also those that have a lower environmental impact for our Planet.

A correct diet is at the basis of maintaining a good state of health and this has been a widely proven and universally accepted fact for years. In 1992 the US Department of Agriculture distributed the first food pyramid, which effectively described how to adopt a type of balanced diet.

With this paper, the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition recommends once again the food pyramid in a double version, placing food not only relative to their positive impact on health, but also relative to their environmental impact. In this manner, a Double Pyramid is obtained: a new food-environmental pyramid next to the most well known food-nutritional pyramid.

The Double Pyramid shows that foods that are advised to be eaten more frequently are also those that have the least environmental impact. On the contrary, foods should be eaten less frequently, tend to be those that have a greater environmental impact. Therefore, within a single model, the relationship between two different, but equally relevant objectives can be seen: health and environmental protection.

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