“Food is culture and tradition. You don’t become a pill to take twice a day”

AGI – “How can we guarantee safe and quality access to the 10 billion inhabitants of this planet? And how are we going to do it without impacting the territory and the environment? These are the questions which must find a common solution. Expo Dubai comes at the right time, when we can still change course in the face of ongoing climate change “

These are the words with which the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies, Stefano Patuanelli, today opened the event “People, Planet, Prosperity: experiences shared between Italy and the UAE for a sustainable future in the food and agriculture” which took place in the Italian pavilion, in collaboration with MIPAAF, the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, and CREA, the Council for Agricultural Research and Economic Analysis Agricole, which brings together government agencies, research institutes, universities and industry leaders

“Italy is starting to have water supply problems in many parts of the peninsula. The experiences of countries that have desertified areas help us understand how food can be produced in extreme climatic situations. The answer is not the same synthetic lab food for everyone. The European One Health strategy cannot be confused with One Diet. The risk I see in the future is a global approval process. For each country, however, food is a link to history, traditions, culture and religion. The correct use of innovation comes to our aid so that food does not become a pill that we take twice a day”.

The high-level conference was dedicated to promoting best practices and experiences between Italy and the United Arab Emirates for sustainable agriculture through the development of modern digital technologies, circular economy, food safety and maintaining standards. of high quality in the context of globalization. rules.

The event was attended by Stefano Vaccari, Director General of CREA, the most important Italian agri-food research, directly controlled by the Ministry of Agriculture, who recalled “the more than 2840 people who work at CREA, more than 80% of researchers, the 5 thousand hectares of land for experiments and the work of 41 laboratories”. Angelo Riccaboni, President of the PRIMA Foundation, illustrated a reality “born in 2017, bringing together 19 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean area and sharing 1600 research units under the same Agenda”. Then spoke Tarifa Al Zaabi, Acting Director General, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture; Andrea Zappettini, Director of the Institute of Materials for Electronics and Magnetism (IMEM), National Research Council; Paul Newnham, Director of the SDG2 Advocacy Hub; Dr. Mohammed Alyafei, Head of Department of Integrative Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (UAEU),

Quang Ngo Dinh, CEO Olivetti, presented the Tim Group’s offer in the Internet of Things in favor of human-centered agriculture: “Think of sensors combined with drones, machines and connected systems to support decision-making processes based on data analysis and artificial intelligence”. . Thanks to these technologies, it is possible to obtain different types of benefits, such as saving water, energy and pesticides, thus reducing the impact on the environment and producing better quality food thanks to to predictive analytics. In addition, thanks to the use of Blockchain technology, it is possible to trace the entire process of the product and offer the consumer transparency and quality”.

Giulia Giuffrè, Board Member and Sustainability Ambassador of Irritec, presented the smart irrigation solutions created by the Sicilian company. In the field of hydroponics, Andrea Nunnari, financial director of Sfera Agricola, spoke about the active greenhouse developed by the Tuscan company which, thanks to the closed cultivation cycle and the recovery of water, is able to achieve water savings of up to 90% compared to crops on the ground

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