FOOD SECURITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSION
At the same time, in the European Union every year about 88 million tons of food are wasted and this amount would be sufficient to feed 200 million people.
3 European Parliament, Resolution of 19 January 2012 on how to avoid food wastage
16 million people in Europe received help from charity organisations.
In the United States and Europe, situations of financial difficulty and social exclusion are often associated to wrong nutritional choices and food disorders that can lead to problems of obesity or overweight.
Particularly alarming is the increase of paediatric cases: in the United States alone 7 million children and teenagers between 2 and 19 years of age (accounting for 17% of the total) have obesity problems and another 15% is overweight. Education to a healthy lifestyle at home and at school undoubtedly plays a key role in the prevention of these problems.
RESPONSIBLE SUPPLY CHAIN
Agriculture and the food chain are key sectors for the creation of jobs, the promotion of local development and social inclusion.
About 40% of the world population works in agriculture5,6.
In Europe alone, the agricultural and agri-food sector employs 46 million people.
In Italy, despite a high rate of youth unemployment, more than 50,000 farms are managed by entrepreneurs under 35 years of age.