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From Food Waste to Healthy Diets: the Path towards Sustainable Development

November 14, 2021 @ 3:30 pm 5:00 pm EST

The Italian Consulate of Italy in Detroit and the Dante Alighieri Society of Michigan invite you to to a lecture with Prof. Andrea Segrè, University of Bologna.

In 2015, all UN Member States adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals and set out a 15-year plan as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone and everywhere.
In the face of such a complex and difficult goal, there already exists a solution at the nexus between food waste reduction and healthy diets: The Mediterranean Diet. Not only is this Diet important to historical and cultural heritage, but it also promotes and favors a transition towards sustainable food systems, especially the reduction of food waste.



Andrea Segrè: Full professor of International and Comparative Agricultural Policy since 2000, and professor of Circular Economy, University of Trento (2015-2018). Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture (2005-2012) and Chairman of the Department of Food Science (2012-2015), his research is focused on circular and sustainable ecological economics. Founder of Last Minute Market, academic spin off, and of Zero Waste Campaign, professor Segrè is scientific director of Waste Watcher International Observatory on Food and Sustainability. In 2012 he was awarded with the Pellegrino Artusi International Prize and San Giusto d’Oro Award in 2020. He authored a number of scientific articles on international and national Journals, last books: Parole del nostro tempo with Matteo Zuppi (2020) and E poi? Scegliere il futuro with Ilaria Pertot (2021)

VI Week of Italian Cuisine in the World
Every year the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs promotes Italian cuisine globally. This year the focus is on “Tradition and perspectives of Italian cuisine: awareness and enhancement of food sustainability”.
The initiative promotes the Mediterranean Diet as a balanced dietary model and style that counteracts food waste; the importance of the connection between food and sustainability and between biodiversity and food diversity; the fight against labeling systems; the protection of protected and controlled denomination products and the fight against the phenomenon of Italian Sounding.