Food and the Environment - Diets that are healthy for people and for the Planet

For a planet whose resources are being gradually exhausted and where the spread of diseases related to poor nutrition is increasing, it is essential to find a way of living and eating that promotes human and environmental welfare.

For a planet whose resources are being gradually exhausted and where the spread of diseases related to poor nutrition is increasing, it is essential to find a way of living and eating that promotes human and environmental welfare.

For this reason, in the third issue of its magazine, the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition suggests a possible path. This is the model of the Double Pyramid of Food and the Environment – developed four years ago and further updated here – which, analyzing the foods recommended for human health and their environmental impacts, confirms the possibility of choosing a sustainable diet, “good” for us and for the planet. And many people in Europe and around the world are moving in this direction, as Dacian Ciolos (EU), Danielle Nierenberg, and Eve Andrews tell us; in science, industry and trade, whose difficult framework is described by the journalist Alex Renton; in the world of restaurants and supermarkets, as can be seen in the experiences of The People’s Supermarket, and the Michelin-starred chef, Enrico Crippa – who offers a rich menu of vegetables that he grows himself; or from the researchs of the Eurobarometer on personal habits. The BCFN’s recommendations and the innovative ideas of the finalists of BCFN YES! suggest small daily practices that are possible.

Here is a complete picture for learning to live and eat with respect to the environment and our health.

“2013 Double Pyramid: healthy food for all and sustainable for the environment” document: This document is not only for the use of “insiders ” but is also directed to all individuals, seeking to deepen their understanding on the relevant issues and is the essential tool to trace the scientific and technical path at the base of the Double Pyramid, starting from the data collected and used in its construction to the bibliographic sources drawn upon. In addition, this year the document also includes section for outreach so that it can autonomously support itself and also constitute the memory of the evolution of concepts developed in the previous editions.

BCFN Double Pyramid Database: The database of the BCFN Double Pyramid contains all the data collected and used for the construction of the three environmental pyramids. A Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet was created to facilitate consultation using appropriate filters. The data were organised into rows, which contain the impacts of single foods, and columns that provide all information related to that food.
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