Extension Announced for Global Food System Project

Staff Writer
The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Earth Solutions competition is still open until August 1

The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Young Earth Solutions (BCFN YES!) competition has extended its deadline to August 1, 2013 — which means you have 15 days left to enter and make a positive contribution to the global food system. In collaboration with the U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the European Commission, the competition “is bringing young people together to develop sustainable solutions to nourish both people and the planet.”

Last year, Federica Marra won the 2012 contest for her project entitled “Manna From Our Roofs.” The project proposed utilizing abandoned city buildings to create multi-layered urban farms.

BCFN YES! invites college students and up-and-coming researchers from across the globe “to propose feasible, original, and effective solutions to resolve our planet’s great food paradoxes.” Notably, the organization cites current food system paradoxes as: “Die of hunger or obesity? Feed people, animals, or cars? Feed waste or feed the hungry?”

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Click here to see the rules for the 2013 competition. The 10 finalist projects will be presented at the 5th International Forum on Food and Nutrition in Milan on November 26-27, 2013. The winning project will receive 1,000 euros, as well as the chance to participate in a BCFN 2014 research project.