The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development and president of the Mediterranean Diet Foundation, Francisco Martínez Arroyo, highlighted that, behind this diet, the most sustainable in the world, are farmers and ranchers from all over the country “who have to be profitable on their farms and must be part of the decision-making process of consumers ”, he insisted.
In addition, it has influenced the importance of visualizing the labeling well, because it must reflect the “essence of the product and the link with the territory.” Hence the importance of designations of origin or protected geographical indications and the words ‘Mediterranean Diet’, which are fundamental.
The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development of Castilla-La Mancha and president of the Mediterranean Diet Foundation, Francisco Martínez Arroyo, in the debate forum: ‘How can the Mediterranean Diet help to achieve the SDGs ?’, Which was developed at the Pedralbes Palace in Barcelona, World Capital of Sustainable Food 2021, together with the entire sector, and in which the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the contribution that can be made from the Mediterranean Diet Foundation to its achievement.
Within this framework, Martínez Arroyo today called for everyone to join in so that the Mediterranean Diet “advances” and becomes a “model to follow” and can be “exported”, thus contributing to the fight against climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals. 2030, many of which are included within the philosophy of the Mediterranean Diet.
The Castilian-Manchego minister highlighted in his speech that thanks to farmers and ranchers we enjoy the best diet in the world and the best food safety that is given to the consumer. Thus, he has made a journey through the entire process from the olive grove, through extensive livestock farming or the cereal steppes, these being one of the greatest contributions of biodiversity.
Behind the Mediterranean Diet, he has moved, are farmers and ranchers throughout the country “who have to have profitability in their farms and must be part of the decision-making process of consumers,” he insisted.
In addition, it has stressed the importance of visualizing the labeling well, because it must reflect the “essence of the product and the link with the territory.” Hence the importance of designations of origin or protected geographical indications and the words ‘Mediterranean Diet’, he said, which are fundamental.
Martínez Arroyo wanted to make a special mention of the PGI Berenjena de Almagro, one of the foods of the pyramid and a product with a unique history from Castilla-La Mancha, highly appreciated in Catalonia, as is the La Mancha lamb.
In the opinion of the counselor, it is important to convey the message of the history of each food, because the Mediterranean Diet is not only food, “but a way of understanding the environment, of relating, enjoying the consumption of close proximity or short marketing channels ”, Has affirmed.
In 2015, the UN approved the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, an opportunity for countries and their societies to embark on a new path to improve the lives of all, leaving no one behind. The Mediterranean Diet Foundation incorporates the Sustainable Development Goals into its strategic lines of promotion of a healthy, healthy and sustainable lifestyle, committing itself to their dissemination and achievement.