September 17, 2021Today in Florence, at Palazzo Vecchio, from 8:30 am, the G20 of Agriculture takes place.

Introductory speech by Minister Stefano Patuanelli.

The day will be divided into three ministerial sessions at the end of which a press meeting of Patuanelli and Qu Dongyu, director general of FAO, is scheduled at 12.10 in Piazza della Signoria.

The initiatives of the G20 are scheduled until tomorrow.

Italian Minister of Agriculture Stefano Patuanelli has kicked off the # G20 Meeting on Agriculture that will be held in Florence on 17-18 September.

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Coldiretti against waste

Every year in the world almost a billion tons of food is wasted, equal to 17% of all that produced, with a devastating impact on the environment and climate, as well as than on an economy already hit hard by the Covid emergency. This is what emerges from an analysis of the national Coldiretti on UN data released on the occasion of the G20 in Florence where waste is one of the major issues at the center of the summit.

In Piazza Santa Croce space for the tricks of the shopping tutors to reduce the food thrown at the table even with the right choices in the cart, the ingenious dishes cooked live by the agrichefs to recover the leftovers up to the "live" preparation of the preserves with the recovery of a peasant ritual in homes favored by the Covid emergency. "Leading the ranking of waste are private homes - notes Coldiretti - where on average about 11% of the food purchased is thrown away, while canteens and retailers throw away 5% and 2% respectively. A real paradox if we consider that 2.37 billion people did not have access to a healthy diet in 2020, an increase of nearly 320 million in one year. " 

"But the phenomenon also determines - specifies Coldiretti - disruptive effects on the economy, sustainability and the environment due to the negative impact on energy expenditure and waste disposal. In fact, it is estimated that the emissions associated with food waste represent 8-10% of the total greenhouse gases. In Italian homes, on average every year - explains Coldiretti on the basis of the UN report - about 67 kg of food per inhabitant per year, for a total of over 4 million tons. sees our country in twelfth place in the ranking of the 'wasteful' of the G20 countries which sees the sheikhs of Saudi Arabia in the lead with 105 kg of food products that end up in the trash, ahead of Australia with 102 kilos and Mexico with 94 kilos ,while the most virtuous are Russians (just 33 kilos of food thrown away), South Africans (40 kilos) and Indians (50 kilos). But if we consider only the nations of the European Union, it emerges that the citizens of the Belpaese are more responsible than their French cousins ​​who in a year throw food for 85 kilos each and Germans (75 kg) while the British just come out are at 77. kg "." A dramatic problem from an ethical as well as an economic point of view against which Coldiretti has been engaged for years in a work of sensitizing consumers through the Campagna Amica markets project for the containment of waste with the largest network of zero kilometer farms and markets which reduces transport distances and times and guarantees greater freshness and longer food storage times ",underlined the president of Coldiretti Ettore Prandini.