Milan: Collaborating to change local food systems
The strategy guided city policies relating to food from 2015 to 2020. It set out five priorities:
- Health: ensuring healthy and sustainable food is available for all parts of the city, especially for vulnerable citizens
- Sustainable agriculture: facilitating access to land, promoting urban agriculture/horticulture, and supporting innovation
- Education: teaching people about healthy, sustainable diets
- Reducing waste: by reducing surpluses, promoting recovery and redistribution, and closing cycles through the circular economy and bioeconomy
- Agri-food research: involving universities, research and training centres, and public, private and non-profit organisations.
The municipality provides support and promotes social, technological and organisational innovation in line with the principles set out in the Food Policy.
- In 2019, the city estimated that approximately 1 700 tonnes of food were redistributed, equivalent to over 900 tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided
- Milan claims to be the largest European city that has adopted a door-to-door waste collection system
- The organic fraction collected reached 15 000 tonnes in 2019, from which it is possible to produce 22 000 tonnes of agricultural compost and 8 million cubic metres of biomethane.