The Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCNF) studies the link between food and diet with social, economic and environmental factors.
BCFN has identified three main paradoxes such as, the coexistence of hunger and obesity, hyper-exploitation of natural resources and food waste throughout the supply chain from farm to table, that need to be addressed in order to develop a more sustainable food system.
BCFN disseminates food related information in order to enable people making informed choices for their own diet. In particular, BCFN wants to inform people on the food nutritional value and its impact on the environment.
Following EXPO 2015, the COP 21 agreements and the assessment of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations, BCFN mission has become of a greater importance on a global scale.
Since the achievement of the Double Pyramid Food and Environment and the Milan Protocol, and the definition and dissemination of Food Sustainability Index, BCFN has established an important relationship with the scientific community, institutions, policy makers, the media and the public. This multidisciplinary approach allows a better understanding of food related information and the translation of complex concepts into informational messages on a global scale. In addition, the involvement of young generations in specific research and communication projects will contribute to the dissemination of new food knowledge.
The Milan Center was founded with the aim of creating a platform that constitutes the first, important step towards the ambitious goal of a multilateral Convention, concerning the right to food and access to adequate food. The Centre has started its activities in February 2014, few months before EXPO Milan 2015 and was formed as an association in June 2015.
MCFLP systematically collects, catalogs and stores up-to-date legislative materials and public and/or private deeds on the subject of the right to food. In addition, it registers and actively participates in debates related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The goal is to make available up-to-date nutrition related documents issued by governments as well as national, international and multilateral institutes to researchers and citizens. In addition, the center has created a “basket” that connects institutions, training centers and stakeholders engaged on nutrition and Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 issues. This collaboration will allow the creation of a thematic think-tank, capable of imagining new scientific opportunities. The idea is to tackle emerging problems and comparing different solutions, and, ultimately, share food-law related information and ideas to politics on a national and international level in order to write new common rules.
The Milan Center for Food Law and Policy and the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation share the same interests and goals. They both want to disseminate knowledge on the most salient issues related to food and nutrition by taking part of debates, policy, laws and proposals related to the topic and by monitoring and conducting scientific research analysis.The result of such collaboration is the development of the Right to Food Map platform (RTFMAP) that collects and disseminates food related information.
Politecnico di Milano, technological partner of the project, designed and developed this new tool. The map will make available qualitative and quantitative informational periodic reports to all stakeholders in the food industry.
This will allow a continuous dissemination of food related information and ultimately, it will facilitate the promotion of new sustainable opportunities in the intricate food system.