|PARMA, Italy, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi gave his support to the Milan Protocol promoted by the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN) Foundation in the lead up to Expo Milano 2015, themed “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” The Milan Protocol aims to raise the awareness of governments, companies and civil society about the urgent action needed to make the global food system sustainable: the reduction of food waste, the promotion of sustainable agriculture, and the war on hunger and obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles.
“The Italian Government believes in and bets on the Milan Protocol,” said Renzi. “Its objectives are our objectives. I would say thanks to Barilla and to the BCFN Foundation because they give us the opportunity to tell how Expo is going to be a serious affair. I’m here to say that we’re in. We will continue together on this path.”
On the day that Pope Francis underlined the urgent need for new rules to address the big food and nutrition contradictions of the modern world, the BCFN Foundation handed over the Protocol to the Italian premier with the hope that countries participating at Expo Milano 2015 will show their support for global food practices.
Guido Barilla, President of the BCFN Foundation, said: “Our hope is that Italian and international institutions will adopt the Protocol in order to underline the urgency of placing concrete measures at the core of political agendas to safeguard our future. We have an opportunity to go down in history by making clear commitments with the world.”
The Milan Protocol
So far, the Protocol consists of eight articles, and it has already been signed by numerous international organizations, including the famous chef Jamie Oliver and his Jamie Oliver Foundation, Eataly, Slow Food, World Wildlife Fund, Italian farmers’ association Coldiretti and Save The Children – as well as by personalities including Oscar Farinetti from Eataly and Carlo Petrini.
“The Milan Protocol offers an extraordinary opportunity to focus attention, opportunities for change and, most importantly, the planning skills of the institutions, civil society and companies on a concern we all share,” said Slow Food founder, Carlo Petrini. “Slow Food has been contributing to the process of drafting the Protocol from the outset. We think that the progress made to date constitutes an excellent basis for further improvements that can be made thanks to everyone’s contribution.”