Posts Tagged ‘Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition’

Sep03

Festivaletteratura: Nourishing the Planet in Mantova, Italy

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From September 5 to 9, the Italian city of Mantova will welcome authors and book-lovers alike for the highly anticipated festival of Festivaletteratura—the festival of literature. Writers from all over the world will host inspiring presentations in historical palaces and squares, inviting attendees to listen and ask questions about topics ranging from particle physics, to philosophic poetry, to international food procurement.

Nourishing the Planet director Danielle Nierenberg will speak alongside Andrea Segrè, professor of agricultural policy at the University of Bologna, about noteworthy innovations in sustainable agriculture. The talk is titled, “A Sustainable Hunger,” and will feature discussion of the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition’s (BCFN) new book, Eating Planet: Challenge for Mankind and the Planet, which examines the effects of individual eating habits on health and the environment.

Click here to learn more about Festivaletteratura.

Jun25

Eating Planet: Carlo Petrini Discusses Buying Food and Paying for Your Values

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By Marlena White

On Thursday, June 28, the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project and the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition will release Eating Planet–Nutrition Today: A Challenge for Mankind and for the Planet in New York City. Today, Nourishing the Planet highlights a contributing author of Eating Planet, and shares his views on how to fix the broken food system. The event is full but please tune in on the 28th via livestream: we will be taking questions in real time from the audience, from the livestream, and from Twitter and Facebook.

In Eating Planet, Carlo Petrini discusses paying for food in terms of values. (Photo credit: Bruno Cordioli)

In a chapter introduction for Eating Planet – Nutrition Today: A Challenge for Mankind and for the Planet—the newly released book from the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition—International Slow Food Movement founder Carlo Petrini discusses what paying a fair price means, and why it’s important for the sustainability of the world’s food supplies.

Petrini begins by explaining that sustainability means the plans we make, both in terms of individual and higher-level actions, must be able to last over the long term and on many different levels, taking into account social, economic, and environmental factors. With its many impacts on these factors, he says, food is crucial to sustainability as a whole.

According to Petrini, what we eat, including the time and money we put into it, is an investment in both our health and the state of the environment. He says it also reflects a certain set of values that can have strong implications for sustainability. These values may be the bottom line of overall profits, or longer term considerations like protecting the health of ecosystems and the livelihoods of our food producers. Petrini argues that the values inherent in our food should be included in their price, especially after accounting for what these values contribute to the sustainability of the planet.

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Jun12

Eating Planet: An Interview with Hans Herren

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By Marlena White

On Thursday, June 28, the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project and the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition will release Eating Planet–Nutrition Today: A Challenge for Mankind and for the Planet in New York City. Today, Nourishing the Planet highlights a contributing author of Eating Planet, and shares his views on how to fix the broken food system. If you live in NYC, you can register to attend for FREE by clicking HERE, or tune in on the 28th via livestream. We will be taking questions in real time from the audience, from the livestream, and from Twitter and Facebook.

Hans Herren (Photo credit: The Millennium Institute)

Hans Herren is an entomologist, farmer, development specialist, World Food Prize laureate, and co-chair of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). He is also the president of the Millennium Institute, which works to inform decision-making centered on a shared responsibility for the planet’s common future. In an interview for Eating Planet–Nutrition Today: A Challenge for Mankind and for the Planet, a new book from the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition, Herren discusses the key challenges for transitioning to sustainable agriculture systems that can feed the planet.

According to Herren, the greatest challenges facing agriculture and the food system include the need to address hunger and poverty, encourage better nutrition and health, adapt to climate change, reduce inequities, and support rural livelihoods. He says that agriculture must provide a sufficient amount of quality fiber and food that is affordable for consumers while being economically viable for producers and sustainable for the environment. He believes that the three biggest problems faced by agriculture are climate change, competition with the biofuel sector, and the increase of fossil energy prices and fossil fuels’ impending scarcity.

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May22

BCFN webinar: “Food waste: how to reduce it from farming to consumption”

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By Arielle Golden

On May 23rd, 2012 at 5 PM CET [11 AM EST], The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) will hold a live webinar discussing food waste.

The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition will host a webinar on food waste on Wednesday. (Image credit: BCFN)

More than 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted every year worldwide. At the same time more than a billion people do not have enough food. Food waste happens at every step in the food chain and and impacts food security, the economy, and the environment.

Speakers in the webinar include Andrea Segrè, Chairman of Last Minute Market and Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Bologna; Tristram Stuart, writer and activist, winner of the international environmental award, the Sophie Prize 2011, for his fight against food waste, and author of State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet; and Jean Schwab, head of the National Food Recovery Initiative run by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Nov30

Watch Nourishing the Planet participate in International Food & Nutrition Forum

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Today, Nourishing the Planet will be participating in the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN)’s Third Annual International Forum on Food & Nutrition.

Photo credit: Bernard Pollack

Project director, Danielle Nierenberg will be speaking on a panel on Geo-Agriculture”: Food Waste and Comparison of Agricultural Policies at 11:15 AM local time.

Please click here to watch it live and here to access Danielle’s presentation.

To purchase your own copy of State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, please click HERE. And to watch the one minute book trailer, click HERE.

Nov25

Nourishing the Planet to participate in International Food & Nutrition Forum

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Next week, Nourishing the Planet will be participating in the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN)’s Third Annual International Forum on Food & Nutrition.

Image credit: BCFN

The Forum is a two-day event, where experts discuss the challenges and solutions facing our global food and agricultural systems. Nourishing the Planet project director, Danielle Nierenberg will be speaking on a panel on “Geo-Agriculture”: Food Waste and Comparison of Agricultural Policies.

The discussion will take place on Wednesday, November 30th at 11:15 AM local time and will be streamed live.

Click here for more event details and here if you would like to sign up to attend the event.

To purchase your own copy of State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, please click HERE. And to watch the one minute book trailer, click HERE.

Nov22

Nourishing the Planet at Barilla’s Food & Nutrition Forum

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At the end of the month, Nourishing the Planet will be participating in the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN)’s Third Annual International Forum on Food & Nutrition.

The International Forum on Food & Nutrition is an annual international conference on the major issues related to food and nutrition, looked at in a multifaceted way that looks at health, lifestyle, as well as social and economic development. The Forum, which began in 2009, allows for two days of open debate in which food and agricultural experts meet to discuss, debate and share their thoughts on the current challenges facing our global food system.

The Forum will include experts such as 30 Project Founder, Ellen Gustafson, Navdanya founder, Vandana Shiva, Millennium Institute President, Hans Herren, Author of Food Politics, Marion Nestle, journalist and expert on food waste, Jonathan Bloom, and Environmental Working Group (EWG) co-founder and President, Kenneth Cook, to name a few.

Click here for more event details and here if you would like to sign up to attend the event.

To purchase your own copy of State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, please click HERE. And to watch the one minute book trailer, click HERE.

Nov18

The Future of Agriculture

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In a new report by the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN), researchers address agriculture’s reliance on unsustainable fossil fuel-based energy sources and the increasing negative effects of climate change on global food production. The report provides policymakers with key suggestions for future agricultural policies, including increasing the variety of crops farmers grow to help improve biodiversity, and increased investment in technology that will help farmers adapt to climate change, rather than simply increase their crop yields.

In this new report, researchers hope to provide policymakers with key suggestions to improve the future of agriculture. (Photo credit: Bernard Pollack)

The future of agriculture toward sustainable agricultural models report will be released at the Third Annual BCFN forum on Food & Nutrition in Milan later this month. Dr. Hans Herren, President of the Millennium Institute will be presenting the main findings of the report.

Click here for more event details.

To purchase your own copy of State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, please click HERE. And to watch the one minute book trailer, click HERE.

Jul22

Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Does a Double Take on the Food Pyramid

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By Christina Wright

Thanks to a diet high in fat and processed foods, and more sedentary lifestyles, an astounding 1.5 billion adults in the world are overweight. In order to redefine healthy eating habits and illustrate how they impact the environment, Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN) created the Double Pyramid of Food and the Environment.

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BCFN is a research institute that was created in 2009 by the Italian pasta and food company, Barilla Group. The Advisory Board is comprised of seven international experts, including Barbara Buchner, Director of Climate Policy Initiative of Venice, Dr. Gabriele Riccardi, President-elect of the Italian Diabetology Society, and John Reilly, Co-Director of The MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, among others, who have spent their  professional careers in agriculture, climate change, economics, human nutrition, medicine, and research. BCFN concentrates on four themes, including food for sustainable growth, food for health, food for culture, and food for all. Since 2010, the main focus of food for all has been the Double Pyramid of Food and the Environment.

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Mar22

State of the World 2011 Launches in Rome

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Today State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet launched in Rome. The event was held at LUISS University in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Edizioni Ambiente, and the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition. Nourishing the Planet co-Project Director Danielle Nierenberg was there to discuss projects she saw on the ground in sub-Saharan Africa that are helping  alleviate poverty and hunger, while also protecting the environment.  The panel included Gianfranco Bologna, Director of Science at WWF, Italy and Editor of the Italian edition of State of the World 2011; Sebastiano Maffetone, Dean of Political Sciences Faculty and Director of the Center for Ethic and Global Politics at LUISS University; Serena Milano, Secretary General of Slow Food International’s Foundation for Biodiversity and Director of the International Presidia Project; Gabriele Riccardi, Professor of Endocrinology at Naples University, and member of the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Advisory Board; Andrea Segrè, Dean of Agricultural Sciences Faculty at Bologna University and president of Last Minute Market; and Riccardo Valentini, chairman of Global Terrestrial Observing Systems (GTOS).

 

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To purchase State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet please click HERE .