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The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation is a private non-profit apolitical institution. It works as a multidisciplinary and independent think tank, open to everybody.

The BCFN informs not only policy makers and insiders of the agri-food chain, but all the people on the big topics linked to food and nutrition with regards to climate change and the world’s paradoxes. There is indeed a direct link between our daily choices in terms of food and nutrition and their impact on the environment, climate change, ecosystems and human rights. All this is based on a cause-effect relationship and has a huge impact not only on our health, but also on the health of our Planet.
This is the reason why the BCFN Foundation produces valuable scientific content that can be used to inform and help people to make conscious choices every day about food and nutrition, health and sustainability.


In particular, there are three paradoxes linked to the world of food and nutrition that must be managed to ensure sustainable development for us and future generations:

In today’s world, for every malnourished person there are two obese or overweight.

One third of the entire global food production is intended to feed livestock, while a growing percentage of agricultural land is given over to production of biofuel.

Every year, in the world, 1.3 billion tons of perfectly edible food is wasted, while 805 million people go hungry.


The Advisory Board of the BCFN Foundation is a multidisciplinary body composed of scientists and experts working in different yet complementary sectors, who are identified according to the principles of independence, sharing and excellence of the best international expressions in the social, medical-scientific, environmental and economic fields.

Appointed by the Board of Directors of the Foundation, it proposes and develops topics and analyses that will be subject to investigation to be followed by concrete recommendations. It also identifies and involves external experts, research centres and universities.

2015 Activities

Born from an idea of the Foundation’s Scientific Committee, the Milan Protocol was the result of the contribution of more than 500 international experts, over 100 institutions and 15,000 people. It has set three targets closely linked to the three food paradoxes identified by the BCFN: promoting healthy lifestyles, fostering a more sustainable agriculture, reducing food waste by 50% by 2020.

During EXPO, the Milan Protocol inspired the Milan Charter, the proposal for a global agreement to grant healthy, safe and sufficient food for all as a heritage, strongly advocated by the Italian Government, of the first Expo dedicated to food and sustainability, handed over to the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon.

The Protocol also inspired the community of BCFN international young researchers to write the Youth Manifesto: an invitation to adopt a new approach to sustainability to end the current paradoxes that drive food production and consumption. It also contains seven concrete proposals to reinterpret the seven key components of the food system: policy makers, farmers, activists, educators, food industry, journalists and researchers.