Research as a shared project

The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation endeavours to promote research projects with the goal of helping to create a world where food is produced and consumed in a sustainable way for the benefit of current and future generations.
Our objective is to contribute to international scientific research on sustainable agro-food systems through an interdisciplinary approach which takes into account three fundamental aspects:

Young people: the goal is to attract the best young researchers from around the world and give them the opportunity to share and raise awareness of their own projects, as well as developing new ones.

Education: through our research, we want to create practical tools for public decision-makers and educators in order to promote quality education about issues surrounding food.

Interaction between different stakeholders: we are fostering interaction between scientific research, public decision-makers, the private sector and civil society with the goal of involving all parties in working towards a shared and mindful sustainable development.

The BCFN Foundation for scientific research

Research projects currently in progress

The Double Pyramid

5 years ago saw the emergence of the environmental pyramid which turned the traditional food pyramid on its head. This helped to show for the first time the inverse relationship between the foods recommended from a nutritional point of view and their environmental impact. The double pyramid is a multi-annual project, becoming increasingly structured year on year.
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Publications

Research projects currently in progress are reflected in the publications of the BCFN Foundation.
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Sustainable Diet Observatory

The observatory of Sustainable Diets, launched in 2015, is a multi-disciplinary project over three years. The main objective is to investigate and analyse the latest developments in the promotion of sustainable diets by collecting and examining the various initiatives which have been implemented to bring about a change in people’s behaviour in relation to food. Above all, the analysis is focused on four main areas of interest:

Governments and local areas. Research explores the initiatives launched by cities to promote sustainable diets, by analysing a number of case studies. The main countries featured are: USA, Brazil, China and several cases in the EU.

Research institutions. The study analyses universities' commitment to promote sustainable diets through research and education, as well as initiatives carried out on university campuses (e.g. environmentally-friendly menus or caterers).

Civil society. Focus on promotions and campaigns for healthy and sustainable food, designed and supported by various civil society organisations.

The private sector. Research focuses on the commitment of the main food producers and distributors around the world to encourage people to adopt sustainable diets.

public consultation

BCFN has launched a series of stakeholder workshops in order to identify the priorities which need to be taken into account in the agro-food system and to develop recommendations for politicians, industries and civil society.

bcfn yes!

research grant

BCFN YES! (Young Earth Solutions) is an international competition for young students and researchers, first launched in 2012.

The BCFN Foundation invites researchers from across the world to present innovative, high impact projects capable of meeting global research requirements, which are in line with the central themes of the BCFN Foundation such as food, nutrition, health and sustainability.

The BCFN Foundation for young researchers

global research

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policy update

Monitoring of policies and key events at national and international levels on the major issues related to food, health and sustainability.
EU-level news
Adozione da parte del Parlamento europeo del Rapporto "Reducing food waste improving food safety".

Facciamo seguito alle nostre precedenti comunicazioni in materia per segnalarVi che lo scorso 16 maggio, il Parlamento europeo ha adottato a grande maggioranza la Risoluzione “Reducing food waste improving food safety” per ridurre i rifiuti alimentari del 30% entro il 2025 e del 50% entro il 2030, agevolare le donazioni alimentari e facilitare la migliore comprensione del significato di TMC e data di scadenza da parte dei consumatori.

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Food and sustainability

Eco-Sustainable Gardens: from food insecurity to an agriculture with a low ecological footprint

A project to help the Mbororo women farmers from Cameroon to provide enough food for their families to fight malnutrition with a low ecological footprint and to sell the overproduction won the BCFN Yes competition in 2015. After more than one year of field work, the local stakeholders have been involved and the project is starting to run and will grow with the help of new partners and new funding organizations.

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Food and society

Fake news is contagious

It is known as fake news: information, sometimes even published or repeated by well-respected news outlets, which rapidly goes viral after being shared on social media. It is seen as the scourge of the modern information age given its propensity to change opinions, shape views and alter individuals’ behaviour. And the world of environmental sustainability has not been spared.

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Food and society

A case study competion for a new agriculture

In search of innovation and creativity, BCFN will promote, together with other institutions, a competition involving young scholars and professionals in the field of sustainable agri-food systems. Save the date of the next European Association of Agricultural Economists congress in Parma, from August 28th to September 1st2017.

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