Italy’s second city and economic centre of the county’s north is a leader in food policy and at the heart of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact.
In 2014, the Municipality of Milan, along with Cariplo Foundation, began to study the Milan food system, focusing on the urban food cycle of the underlying context and the players operating in the city on food matters. In 2015, this analysis was shared with approximately 700 stakeholders via a process of public consultation, which led to the draft and approval of a comprehensive urban food policy with a multidimensional approach.
This strategy identifies five main areas of intervention around five key priorities, including the fight against food waste. It is a strategic entry point for systemic changes, which have to be implemented, by involving several local players, such as research centres, the private sector, non-profit organisations and foundations.
The policies designed to reduce food losses and food waste are combined with those regarding waste cycle management, in order to increase the overall sustainability of the system with a consistent approach to circular economy.
Since the creation of Milan’s food policy in 2015, the school canteens system has become a strong driver. The city’s pilot aims to implement the Planetary Health Diet to shift Milan’s children’s food habits, exploiting the criteria of public procurement’s tenders.