Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition BCNF also this year, for the third, time organised the International Forum on Food and Nutrition at Bocconi University on Nov 30th and Dec 1st, 2011. High level speakers from all the world met to make the point on the issue of sustainability of the food production. To give you the flavour of the issues raised, a couple of pills of information are the following:
– The current world paradox: one billion people are starving, another billion people are obese. Often both phenomena coexist in the same communities. A reason is that current food products are mainly “nutritionally unsustainable” because providing “empty” calories.
– Access to food is easy, to nutrition is harder. Price of junk foods increased of 30% in the last 30 years; the price of fresh fruits of 120%. You can access soft drinks anywhere in the world, but fresh fruit and vegetable not.
– In the US a total of about 70% of the harvested mais goes to non-human food uses (61% feed to animals and 39% to biofuel). No wander that prices of food staples rose of 40% in the last 20 years.
You can see in streaming all the presentations on the BCNF web site: www.barillacfn.it.