Science can be Good to Eat

Science can be Good to Eat

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Science can be Good to Eat: a Documentary by the FVG Region and the Science Park Area

Food safety and nutrition are at the top of European citizens' priorities and the agri-food sector is the first economic sector in the continent. It is widely believed that our survival bases, land and water, are best preserved so that they can drink and feed everywhere the planet Earth population. According to the FAO, in the near future, food production will need to be increased by 70%  in order to feed up 2.3 billion more people that will live on the planet by 2050. Scientific research can do much to support the proper use of resources, improving processes of food production and remedying the damage caused by contamination and pollution.

Science can be good to eat is the title of the documentary produced by the TV Productions of the ARC Agency of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region in collaboration with the Science Park Area of Trieste, which was presented at the Expo of Milan on "Food Research and Innovation" in 2015. The initiative is linked to the role of Friuli Venezia Giulia, which at the Expo was the leader, along with the Province of Bolzano, on the theme of research and innovation. The introduction is entrusted to the writer Mauro Corona and is based on a phrase by Marco Tullio Cicero "Ut sementem fèceris, ita metes" (You will reap, and consequently you will eat what you have sown "), suitable for the theme of the Exposition.

The themes represented in the documentary are at the center of research and technology developments within the AREA Science Park: from cultivated fields to farms, from the transformation industry to conservation methods, science and technology play an important role in the goal of satisfying the global food requirements, as well as ensuring safe and controlled foods on our tables. Conservation of biodiversity and indigenous crops is also an important area of intervention, which can enhance traditions and create economic inducements. In animal husbandry, food chain safety is linked to the well-being of bred animals and the use of medicines in farms is subject to specific controls aimed at preventing and repressing potentially dangerous abuses for humans. From allergen contaminants, research has taken many steps to develop more accurate diagnostic techniques to protect the consumer. No less important for safety is the theme of quality, both nutritional and organoleptic, of the foods we eat: taste, scent, the release of nutrients, bacteria resistance, and conservation modes, directly dependent on their microstructure. Being able to analyse it deeply, as they are able to do in the Sincrotrone Elettra Light Laboratory, can help the food industry improve food production and preservation processes.

"FOOD EAST" - RESEARCH AND INNOVATION FORUM and Carta di Milano: the Excellences of Friuli Venezia Giulia and Central-Eastern Europe for Sustainability in the Agri-Food sector

Following the Milan event, the FVG region, also organized in June 2015 the event dedicated to "Food East" - Research and Innovation Forum 2015 to make a contribution to some crucial issues of the global food challenge that will accompany us for the next few years by providing concrete commitments to citizens, governments, institutions, associations and businesses in order to contribute to the United Nations' Millennium Goals focused on promoting research and innovation in order to promote sustainable and quality agriculture, reduce the waste of food respecting the environment and the territory.

The event promoted regional excellences, bringing on the regional territory a high momentum of debate with the international reality with which the Italian system has had a dialogue historically for many years. The outstanding level achieved by universities, research centers, technology parks and innovative companies in the Region has enabled the business world to transfer a wealth of knowledge and innovation of the highest level that through this moment of projection and visibility, it was possible to contribute to the implementation of the Carta di Milano in the various sectors identified: wine and coffee, blue growth and products of sustainable and quality agriculture. More than sixty national and international speakers attended the event, including Italian and foreign ministries representing seven countries, representatives of the European Commission and the European Parliament, associations, internationally renowned professors, universities and National and international research.

Patricija Muzlovic