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An appeal for the future
and the food & beverage
The Italian agrifood production chain has issued an appeal to the European authorities, summed up in the Manifesto: "Food for thought: the challenges facing the European system", to raise public awareness and inform the institutions of the need to invest in innovation and research in agriculture and the food and beverage industry.
The Manifesto, presented on 5 September 2017 in the lower chamber of the Italian legislature, has to date been signed by 14 associations in the agrifood sector (Aisa, Agrofarma, , Assalzoo, Assica, Assitol, Assobiotec, Assofertilizzanti, Assosementi, CIA, Confagricoltura, UNAItalia, Uniceb, Unionzucchero and Compag).
The appeal was acknowledged by the Minister of Agriculture, Maurizio Martina, who, in a video message, underscored his "commitment to making Italy one of the leading countries in Europe for the development of technologies associated with precision agriculture in the next few years. The goal,” said the Minister, “is to reach 10% of Italian agricultural land cultivated also using technologies associated with precision agriculture."
The key challenges the project faces range from guaranteeing food supply and creating jobs to support growth to environmental protection and food safety. All this through the promotion of innovation and sustainability. The Cibo per la mente spokeswoman is Deborah Piovan.