BCFN YES! Forum!! Food for sustainability Are you ready for tomorrow?!

So we’ve arrived in Milan yesterday night. We had a great walk to the Duomo and the city centre. Anna had her first caldarroste and a nice ice cream (and I realised what happens to foreigners when they touch the Italian soil…. they just can’t stop eating…!!). Then we had an happy hour in a nice bar near the cathedral and we went back to our room where we chatted late in the night.

In the morning we’ve woken up fresh and restored (kinda….!) and we started rehearsing our nice and great presentation. Then we went to the supermarket where we bought a nice ‘plastic-packed’ salad (don’t tell the people at the Forum please!!!) and headed back to the hotel to have lunch and get ready for the rehearsal in the afternoon at Bocconi university. We needed to be pretty it was the day of pictures and interviews. Not last, we had the trial in the room of tomorrow’s presentation. Which I have to admit is very big, very formal, and very intimidating… The presentation rehearsal have been a bit of a shock, but we are stronger than we look like therefore we will survive it!

We are now back in our hotel room and can’t wait to have some rest! I hope tomorrow will be a great day!

Will share pictures of the day tomorrow. If I’ll survive….!

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We’ve been shortisted!!!

I have a great news to share with you today!

I’ve participated with a colleague of mine, Anna Strzelecka, from DMU to a competition from the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition which was asking for solutions for reducing our environmental impact, guaranteeing health and food accessibility for all. (here you can access the full call)

However, I am really happy to have been shortlisted in the 10 finalists that will participate in the 5th International Forum on Food and Nutrition which will be held in Milan on the 26th and 27th of November 2013!!!!!! We’re going to Milan!!!!!!!! I am very excited!!

Here you can see our idea and vote for us as Best on the Web!! Please do it!


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World Environment Day :: 5th June 2013

Today it the World Environment Day, an annual event aimed to celebrate positive environmental action organised by UNEP [the United Nations Environmental Program], and this year’s theme is Think.Eat.Save. It concentrates on the idea of reducing food waste and food loss to reduce individual and aggregated footprint. According to FAO, every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted and per capita food loss in Europe and North-America is 280-300 kg/year. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger.

While the planet is struggling to provide us with enough resources to sustain its 7 billion people (growing to 9 billion by 2050), FAO estimates that a third of global food production is either wasted or lost. Food waste is an enormous drain on natural resources and a contributor to negative environmental impacts.If food is wasted, it means that all the resources and inputs used in the production of all the food are also lost. For example, it takes about 1,000 litres of water to produce 1 litre of milk and about 16,000 litres goes into a cow’s food to make a hamburger. The resulting greenhouse gas emissions from the cows themselves, and throughout the food supply chain, all end up in vain when we waste food.

In fact, the global food production occupies 25% of all habitable land and is responsible for 70% of fresh water consumption, 80% of deforestation, and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions. It is the largest single driver of biodiversity loss and land-use change.

So think before you eat and help save our environment!

In Turin last week there has a been a great event concerning food waste, Eating City, which on Sunday the 2nd of June provided 3000 free lunches created with good and valuable food that would have been wasted. An amazing initiative that saw a great participation!

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Environmental quote of the day

‘I worried that letting countries buy the right to pollute would be like letting people pay to litter. We should try to strengthen, not weaken the moral stigma attached to despoiling the environment … [and] I continue to think that in addressing this question most economists miss the crucial point: norms matter. In deciding how best to get global action on climate change, we have to cultivate a new environmental ethic, a new set of attitudes toward the planet we share. We’re unlikely to foster the global cooperation we need if some countries are able to buy their way out of meaningful reductions in their own energy use’

(Sandel, 2009)

Sandel, M. (2009) ‘Reith Lecture No 1: Markets and Morals’ [online]. Available from: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/rmhttp/radio4/transcripts/20090609_thereithlectures_marketsandmorals.rtf [Accessed 8th April 2013]

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Low carbon commuting, how much can you save? How much can you gain?

Low carbon commuting, how much can you save? How much can you gain?

Picture from EU Climate Action Facebook Page

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Environmental quote of the day

‘We are citizens, not just consumers. Our environment requires citizen preferences, not just consumer preferences’

Sagoff (2001)

Sagoff, M (2001) ‘Environmental Citizenship’ [online]. Available from: http://www.cep.unt.edu/citizen.htm (Accessed 8th April 2013).

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Environmental quote of the day

The key difference in my relationship to climate change, and to the tsunami or an earthquake, is that I am partially responsible for the first and not at all responsible for the second.

(Dobson 2007)

Dobson, A. 2007 ‘Environmental citizenship: towards sustainable development’, Sustainable Development 15(5): p.276–285.

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Environmental quote of the day

The citizen that sorts her garbage or that prefers ecological goods will often do this because she feels committed to ecological values and ends. The citizen may not, that is, act in sustainable ways solely out of economic or practical incentives: people sometimes choose to do good for other reasons than fear (of punishment or loss) or desire (for economic rewards or social status). People sometimes do good because they want to be virtuous

(Beckman, 2001, 179)


Beckman, L. 2001 ‘Virtue, sustainability and liberal values’ in J. Barry and M. Wissenburg (eds) Sustaining Liberal Democracy: Ecological Challenges and Opportunities,, Houndmills: Palgrave.

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Environmental quote of the day

Environmental citizenship is a personal commitment to learning more about the environment and to taking responsible environmental action. Environmental citizenship encourages individuals, communities and organizations to think about the environmental rights and responsibilities we all have as residents of planet Earth. Environmental Citizenship means caring for the Earth. 

Environment Canada 2004

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Environmental quote of the day

The environment literally helps define the organism, and the organism literally helps define the environment. If this is the case, to care for one’s environment truly is to care for oneself.

Michaels and Carello 1981

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