Awareness

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We are aware that

  • one of the greatest challenges to humanity is that of feeding a constantly growing population without harming the environment, so as to preserve resources for future generations;
  • food plays an important role in defining each person’s identity and is a cultural component that describes and gives value to a territory and its inhabitants;
  • farmers, livestock keepers and fishers all play a crucial role in nutrition; they have equal rights and duties in their work, whether they are small-scale enterprises or large-scale businesses;
  • we are all inter-related and all responsible as guardians of the Earth, for protecting territory and its environmental value;
  • it is possible to promote improved conditions of access to adequate healthy food in an urban setting, through inclusive and participatory processes that harness new technologies;
  • correct dietary education from childhood is crucial for a healthy lifestyle and a better quality of life;
  • knowledge and practical experience of both traditional and advanced production methods is critical to the efficiency of agricultural systems, from family farms to industrial farms;
  • the seas play a fundamental role in ensuring the equilibrium of the planet and therefore require supranational policies; an integral, healthy marine ecosystem is crucial for collective well-being, not least because fisheries provide jobs for millions of people and for many, fish offers the only source of high quality nutrients ;
  • scientific research is a critical instrument for developing and integrating innovation and tradition: its applications are valuable for progress, while respecting the planet’s biodiversity and the environment;

Preamble

We, women and men, citizens of this planet, endorse this document, entitled the Milan Charter. In so doing, we make clear commitments concerning the right to food…
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Rights

We believe that everyone has the right to have access to a sufficient quantity of safe, healthy and nutritious food, that satisfies life-long personal nutritional requirements and enables them to lead an active life…
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Commitments

As citizens, we commit to taking care with and being aware of the kind of food we eat, informing ourselves about its ingredients, their origin and about how and where it is produced…
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Ending

Given that we believe in the possibility of a world without hunger, and consider this a matter of human dignity, in the European Year for Development and on the occasion of Expo Milano 2015, we commit to…
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