Milan to Host First World Conference on Mediterranean Diet

The aim of the two-day international conference is to “revitalize the Med Diet, from a healthy dietary pattern to a healthy Mediterranean sustainable lifestyle.”

Jun. 28, 2016
By Isabel Putinja

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Sci­en­tists and experts will be gath­er­ing in Milan, Italy on July 7 – 8, 2016 for the first World Con­fer­ence on the Mediter­ranean Diet.

Orga­nized by the Inter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Mediter­ranean Diet (IFMeD), the stated aim of the two-day inter­na­tional con­fer­ence is to revi­tal­ize the Med Diet, from a healthy dietary pat­tern to a healthy Mediter­ranean sus­tain­able lifestyle.”

Thirty inter­na­tional sci­en­tists have been invited to par­tic­i­pate, said an IFMeD press release announc­ing the event, which also revealed that the high­light of the con­fer­ence will be the unveil­ing of a new food pyra­mid of the Mediter­ranean Diet, referred to as the New Pyra­mid of Sus­tain­able Mediter­ranean Diet.”

San­dro Dernini, gen­eral sec­re­tary of IFMeD, and an expert at the FAO (Food and Agri­cul­ture Orga­ni­za­tion of the United Nations) explained why a new Mediter­ranean Diet food pyra­mid is nec­es­sary: The con­cept of the Mediter­ranean Diet has evolved over the last 50 years: from a healthy dietary pat­tern, it has become a model of sus­tain­able diet. The inno­v­a­tive approach of this new pyra­mid is to con­nect the health dimen­sion to the socio­cul­tural, eco­nomic and envi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity dimen­sions.”

The con­fer­ence will launch an inter­na­tional cam­paign to pro­mote the Mediter­ranean diet at a round­table ses­sion called MED DIET 4.0 — a mul­ti­coun­try and mul­ti­stake­holder frame­work to improve the sus­tain­abil­ity of the Mediter­ranean diet,” orga­nized by IFMeD, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Rome-based research orga­ni­za­tion CIISCAM (Cen­tro Interuni­ver­si­tario di Ricerca sulle Cul­ture Ali­men­tari Mediter­ra­nee); CIHEAM-BARI (Cen­tre Inter­na­tional de Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditer­ranéennes), an inter­gov­ern­men­tal orga­ni­za­tion of 13 Mediter­ranean coun­tries and head­quar­tered in Paris; and the Forum of Mediter­ranean Food Cul­tures based in Rome.


Cre­ated in 2014 and with a reg­is­tered office in Lon­don, IFMeD is an inter­na­tional foun­da­tion of insti­tu­tions, uni­ver­si­ties, and research cen­ters from dif­fer­ent coun­tries ded­i­cated to the pro­mo­tion of the Mediter­ranean diet.

The pro­gram of the con­fer­ence is avail­able on the IFMeD web­site.

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