From 18 September to 10 November, Brussels will welcome the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition’s newest exhibition, “Weighing Less on Our Future: Our Food Choices Count!”. The initiative, hosted at Philanthropy House, is a true voyage through food sustainability. The show starts from one premise: we have just 13 years to reach the 17 Sustainable Development Goals laid out in the UN’s 2030 Agenda. Our dietary choices will play a fundamental role in helping us be successful.
Using this as a launchpad, visitors are taken on a journey through videos, photographs and texts which explain how even a small gesture, such as knowingly choosing what we put on our plate, can be good for our health and that of the planet. As one of the main events leading up to the 8th International Forum on Food and Nutrition (taking place in Milan on 4-5 December), the exhibition will also be a stage for workshops and meetings with experts and policy makers who are being called upon to find solutions that limit the impact a few industries have on the Earth, one of them being agriculture (which uses nearly 40% of the planet’s surface between growing crops and raising animals). Not only that, but it’s essential to figure out how to incentivise young people – who are synonymous with innovation – to join this industry, given that in Europe only 6% of farmers are under 35 (compared to the 30% who are over 65).