Monday, April 11 – Pollica, the UNESCO Mediterranean Diet Emblematic Communities delegation donates Mediterranean Diet seeds for the Green Bronx Machine school garden in partnership with the New York City Mayor’s office.
Green Bronx Machine with School 55 of the South Bronx, IC Patroni School of Pollica (Italy) and the Future Food Institute sign a Memorandum of Understanding to promote joint programs and sustainable food initiatives.
Newswise – South Bronx, New York: On Monday, April 11 at 9:00 p.m. EST, “THE POWER OF SEEDS – Cultivating Healthy Communities – Mediterranean Diet for a Sustainable Future” event, held in conjunction with New York City Mayor’s office at Community School 55, where Stephen Ritz started Green Bronx Machine. The Italian delegation will be made up of Stefano Pisani, Mayor of Pollica and Sara Roversi, President of the Future Food Institute.
The event included the planting of the seeds of the Mediterranean diet in the school garden and a banquet. This symbolic moment marked the collaboration of the IC Patroni School of Pollica, Community School 55 of the South Bronx and the Future Food Institute. A memorandum of understanding to promote exchange activities has been signed, including a joint digital educational journey, food and climate literacy workshops and a summer school to be held at the Paideia Campus of the Future Food Institute in Pollica, a hub that hosts international programs on integral ecology, regenerative agriculture and food systems transformation.
The event ended with Mayor Stefano Pisani delivering the seeds of the Mediterranean Diet to Kate MacKenzie, Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Food Policy, to highlight the strong bond that binds the city together. de Pollica with the United States on behalf of American scientists Ancel Keys and Margaret Haney, who studied the model and coined the concept of the “Mediterranean diet”.
After the Second World War, Ancel Keys (inventor of the “K ration”) and Margaret Haney, settled in Pioppi, a village in the Cilento municipality of Pollica, and intrigued by the longevity of the local population, studied the correlation between the local way of life and the epidemiological incidence of cardiovascular diseases. Scientists have codified the fundamental characteristics common to the traditional diets of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea (from Spain to the Greek islands, passing through southern Italy). A path that led to the discovery of the advantages of what, in the sixties, they defined for the first time the “Mediterranean diet”. “I’m so excited to join Green Bronx Machine, our international colleagues from Italy, and 55 Community School students for today’s Power of Seeds – Growing Healthy Communities seed planting and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. understanding to promote future exchange opportunities,” said Kate MacKenzie, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Food Policy. “Programs like this, which foster knowledge and appreciation of the intersection between food what we eat, and where it comes from, are essential to the health of our students and our planet.”
The New York City Mayor’s Office of Food Policy works to advance the city’s efforts to increase food security, promote access to and consumption of healthy foods, and support economic opportunity and environmental sustainability in the food system. The Bureau has a critical role to play in integrating an equity framework into food policy priorities and solutions. For more information, go to nyc.gov/food.
Stephen Ritz, speaker and innovator is one of the most beloved and influential broadcasters of nutrition education. With Green Bronx Machine he started in New York with his “Tower Garden”, where he developed an educational program that considers the teaching of gardening as the pillar of an educational model focused on “care” for life, health and the environment. . Ritz has created gardens in thousands of schools around the world. The “urban agriculture” and “food literacy” model, which has involved hundreds of thousands of often disadvantaged children in educating them about healthy eating, is now partnered with Future Food Institute, Center d study of the Mediterranean diet “Angelo Vassallo”, and Campustore with a project proposed within the framework of the PON Edugreen for the ecological transition of Italian schools. Stephen Ritz, Founder of Green Bronx Machine, shares his excitement for this new collaboration and event: “Green Bronx Machine is about harvesting minds and cultivating hope: we are seed spreaders and peacemakers, and our students and our community are thrilled and honored to welcome the Italian delegation and the New York City Mayor’s office for this historic event.These seeds are truly emblematic of the growth of something bigger!From the Bronx to the whole world , we are all global citizens committed to inspiring healthy living, learning and respecting our planet and each other!”
“The Mediterranean Diet represents a sustainable way of life that truly protects individual, community and planetary health. We are excited to further strengthen Future Food’s relationship with Green Bronx Machine and the people of New York through this shared exploration of Mediterranean values, climate literacy and community building.
Empowering young people to take action for a better future is one of our main goals. This is why the cornerstone of the Institute is education through unique learning platforms, including K-12 programs and summer schools. Future Food develops a series of experiential-based courses, embracing creative learning methodologies, ‘thriving thinking’ and transformational experiences, and always focused on making ‘Humana communitas’ the center of the equation.
With this vision, today we renew our long-term alliance with our dearest partners: Green Bronx Machine and the Center for the Study of the Mediterranean Diet of Pollica, we must be inclusive and stronger together to solve the climate crisis , empowering new generations to raise their voices through skills, tools, opportunities to put environmental issues at the top of the human agenda,” noted Sara Rovers, Founder and President of the Future Food Institute.
Stefano Pisani – Mayor of Pollica, UNESCO Emblematic Community for the Mediterranean Diet: “We are happy to kick off the international missions of 2022 with New York. An event that wants to highlight the great sensitivity of the City of NY on the issues of health and sustainability, but also underlines the great closeness between our countries. The two scientists who first studied the effects of our way of life (Ancel and Margaret Keys) lived for many years in our dear Pollica and this relationship has gave rise to an exceptional discovery which is today the Intangible Heritage of Humanity: The Mediterranean Diet.
Today we symbolically reconnect Italy to the United States through the Mediterranean diet, starting from young people and schools thanks to the twinning between the Institute of Pollica and the Community School 55.
In the coming year, we face a demanding but at the same time exciting challenge. With the coordination action that will be put in place in 2022, we will not only be able to consolidate and reinforce the value of the Mediterranean way of life as Cultural Heritage of Humanity, as recognized by UNESCO, but it will be essential to be able to affirm the Mediterranean diet as a new paradigm of sustainable development. A cultural heritage that combines one of the healthiest and most sustainable diets in the world, through its traditional and cultural practices, promotes a high quality of life, ensuring the preservation of our planet’s biodiversity, must become a priority for Mediterranean countries in 2022, also for the post-COVID restart.”