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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;
  • food has a strong social and cultural value, and should never be used as an instrument of political or economic pressure;
  • the planet’s resources should be managed in an equitable, rational and efficient manner, so that they are not excessively exploited or used to benefit some people at the expense of others;
  • access to sources of clean energy is a universal right, for present and future generations;
  • investment in natural resources, particularly in land, should be regulated, so as to ensure and maintain access to these resources for local communities, as well as access to their sustainable use;
  • sound management of water resources, namely management that takes account of the relationship between water, food and energy, is fundamental to ensure the right to food for all;
  • agriculture is fundamental, not just for food production, but also for landscape design, environmental and territorial protection and conserving biodiversity.

We consider it unacceptable that

  • there are unjustifiable inequalities in the possibilities, capabilities and opportunities of individuals and peoples;
  • there is still no universal recognition for the fundamental role of women, especially in agricultural production and nutrition;
  • some 800 million people suffer chronic hunger, more than two billion people are malnourished or suffer deficiencies in vitamins and minerals; nearly two billion people are overweight or suffer from obesity; 160 million children suffer from malnutrition and stunted growth;
  • each year, 1.3 billion tonnes of food produced for human consumption is wasted or lost in the food supply chain;
  • more than 5 million hectares of forest disappear each year, resulting in grave damage to biodiversity and local communities, and serious impact on the climate;
  • marine resources are excessively exploited: more than 30% of what is commercially fished is exploited beyond any capacity for regeneration;
  • natural resources, including land, are used with disregard to the needs and expectations of local communities;
  • energy poverty continues, specifically in the form of lack of or inadequate access to efficient energy services and cooking facilities that are affordable, and that neither pollute nor damage health.

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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Awareness

We are aware that one of the greatest challenges to humanity is that of feeding a constantly growing population without harming the environment…
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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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