Studies and research

Thanks to the activities carried out by the Food Policy area, the Municipality of Milan has developed various knowledge of the Milanese territory and, based on the data collected and the research carried out, has carried out actions and is proposing new projects and programmes.

To promote these activities and to disseminate them in different fields - from those of local and international policy to those of information for citizens - these data were collected in Report e Policy Briefs specify that can be consulted and used by all those who are interested and who want to delve deeper into issues related to the food policies of Milan and other cities.

Some materials are also available in English as the Municipality of Milan participates in multiple European and international projects, organizes and promotes international events dedicated to food and beyond - including the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, Eurocities, C40, and last but not least Every year it hosts numerous delegations from abroad to which it presents good city practices in various areas of action, including food and the food system.

2023 Vademecum 50 tips for a healthy and sustainable diet

2023 Milan Mangia Locale

2023 Food Forum Program
The Municipality of Milan, in collaboration with the Cariplo Foundation, organized the Food Forum "Milan's Food Policy for the future of the city". A week of events on the topics of Milan's food policy, created thanks to
participation of numerous public and private actors who contribute to making it concrete and effective every day, in all areas of the Milanese food system.

The Food Forum in the week from 8 to 13 May 2023 enriched the Food Policy with a broad public debate through 36 moments of discussion, events, press meetings, opening of neighborhood hubs, communities of practice, street action, educational activities and activities in school canteens. The forum is a space for knowledge and discussion between system actors and citizens interested in learning more about the Food Policy projects of the Municipality of Milan.

2023 Sacco Et(n)ico Report 
Un Sacco et(n)ico is an initiative created by Economia e sustainability/EStà in partnership with ADL in Zavidovici, Amsa, Aprica, University of Milan - DLLCM and Ruah, in collaboration with Fondazione Cariplo and Novamont and with the patronage of the Municipality of Milan, the Municipality of Brescia and the Municipality of Bergamo, aimed at strengthening the separate collection of ethnic commercial establishments through an integrated and multicultural approach to urban waste management services.

Sacco Et(n)ico Report ITA e ENG

2022 “Guidelines for the sustainability of university food systems” 
The result of the work coordinated by the Cariplo Foundation and the Food Policy Area of ​​the Municipality of Milan, with the collaboration of the Milanese universities, the 'Guidelines for the sustainability of university food systems' are a real handbook that focuses on strategies and good practices to be implemented in university catering.

Developed thanks to analytical work carried out in recent months by a group of experts in which Milanese universities took part: University of Milan Bicocca, University of Milan, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Polytechnic of Milan, IULM, Hunimed and Bocconi University, as well as the University of Pavia and Ats, this document, in addition to giving an overview of the numbers that characterize the collective catering service of the Universities, proposes a series of resources and inputs dedicated to the development of initiatives aimed at greater sustainability of this sector, aiming at the involvement of the various active subjects in the different phases, from planning to service provision.

2022 “At the table without waste”
At the end of the 2021/2022 school year, a new booklet dedicated to exploring the topic of combating food waste was delivered to boys and girls in primary and nursery schools in Milan, in two versions adapted to the target audience. Inside are curiosities, suggestions for activities and games to play alone, in the company of other children or with parents, with the aim of remembering and promoting good practices and habits against food waste. The booklet was created by the Municipality of Milan and Milano Ristorazione as part of the “Food Trails” project and in collaboration with the Cariplo Foundation.

At the table without waste Nursery schools and for Primary schools

2022 “Empowering urban youth for food and climate action. A research on 18 European cities” 
The report, created by the EStà Research Center in synergy with Mani Tese, as part of the Food Wave project, offers a broad overview of how food policies on the food and climate connection are developed in European cities, and how young people are co- protagonists of these policies. Since this connection is developing mainly in a context characterized by the absence of a regulatory or political framework, climate and food issues are treated in very different ways. The report focused on what is happening at an urban level with the aim of better understanding the impact that territorial actors and institutions have on the food-climate connection.

2021 “Life Beyond Plastic” – Report evaluating the reduction of single-use plastic in the Municipality of Milan
Report of the Life Beyond Plastic project, promoted by Istituto Oikos together with various public and private partners, intends to contribute to the reduction of sea pollution through awareness-raising, mobilization and exchange actions that promote the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste, especially plastics, among the most harmful to the environment. Life Beyond Plastic involves young Italians within the growing global movement that urges governments and businesses to adopt circular economy and sustainable consumption practices and models in order to reduce the human impact on natural resources.

2021 “Rethinking Milan's approach to food waste”
This case study on the actions developed in Milan against food waste was developed as part of Urban Ocean, one of the programs of the Resilient Cities Network. Urban Ocean supports cities in assessing their risks and vulnerabilities.

2021 “Foody – Fresh at the Center of the Table”
Foody - Fresh at the Center of the Table is the editorial project created by SogeMi together with the Le Soste association, the Municipality of Milan and Milan Ristorazione which tells the story of the Milan Agri-Food Market project and its role for the city and where they can be found, for each market, history, curiosity, product offer and many useful tips for choosing products, their conservation and their performance in the kitchen.

2021 “An apple a day” 
At the end of the 2020/2021 school year, the booklet "An apple a day", created by the Municipality of Milan and Milano Ristorazione together with the Cariplo Foundation, was distributed in all Milanese schools. It is a small manual with advice and games to introduce boys and girls not only to healthy eating, but also to an awareness of food and its relationship with the environment. The objective is to involve children and families in an informative and playful journey for a healthy lifestyle and to improve the sustainability of the planet starting from food.

2020 “Circular Food Economy in Milan”
The research “Circular Economy of Food in Milan”, conceived by Novamont and developed by the EStà research center with the patronage of the Municipality of Milan and the Cariplo Foundation, as a contribution to the implementation of the city's Food Policy, analyzes three areas that have great impact on the food system: urban waste linked to food, the redistribution of surplus fresh food with a view to solidarity and wastewater purification sludge.

Various public and private actors in the city's food system contributed to this work. The study was based on interviews with 40 experts among the key subjects in the Milan area, subjects who also operate on a supra-local scale and subjects who deal in various capacities with the circular economy.

2019 “European cities leading in urban food system transformation: connecting Milan & Food 2030” 
The Report published on 16 October - on the occasion of World Food Day 2019 - presents the most significant European experiences in the field of innovation in food systems. The Food Policy office of Milan, thanks to the work carried out in recent years at a European level together with other cities and the commitment promoted within the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact - has collected and commented on good practices and actions on ongoing food policies in some countries of the old continent.

The main objective of the document is to facilitate debate, dissemination, mutual learning and exchange of best practices between interested and active parties on these issues. The report frames and analyzes the experiences within two particular reference frameworks: the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact and the European Food 2030 program, with a focus on the European regionalization process conducted by Eurocities. The report then provides a general overview of the actions of 101 European cities and eight specific case studies, together with an in-depth analysis of Milan's experience.

2019 Sacco Et(n)ico Report 
Un Sacco et(n)ico is an initiative conceived by Economia e sustainability/EStà and Urban Genoma, in collaboration with Amsa and Novamont and with the patronage of the Municipality of Milan, aimed at strengthening the separate waste collection of ethnic businesses through a integrated and multicultural approach to urban waste management services.

Ethnic Lot Report ITAENG

2019 URBAL Urban-driven innovations for sustainable food system
Within the Urbal project supported by the Cariplo Foundation, Carassò Foundation, Agropolis Foundation, the EStà research center with the Polytechnic of Milan and the University of Milan analyzed three innovations of the Milan food system in implementation of the food policy.

UNIMI – Milan Agricultural Districts
Polimi – School canteens system
Polimi – Food aid systems

2018 “Food Losses and Waste in European Cities” 
The Report, edited by the Milan Policy Office and by Eurocities Working Group Food, provides an overview of the experiences underway in European cities on the fight against food waste with the aim of promoting understanding of the practices and role of local administrations in address the topic and associated challenges. The report was discussed within the joint meeting between the Eurocities Food and Waste working groups and shared with the European Commission through the European "Food Losses and Waste" platform led by the Directorate General for Health.

2018 “Food and Cities” – the role of cities in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
The Report is the result of the collaboration between a joint team of the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation (BCFN) and the Milan Food Policy Office as part of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP).

Over 70 co-authors, including scholars, food policy makers, representatives of international organizations and organized civil society contributed to the writing of global experiences and good practices. The publication aims to stimulate interest and commitment to act, analyzing concrete case studies of 7 best practices in cities around the world: Milan, New York, Ouagadougou, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, Sydney, Tel Aviv.

“Food and Cities” – the role of cities in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals ITA e ENG

2018 “Italian cities against food waste”
During Expo 2015 the Municipality of Milan promoted the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, a pact signed by 167 cities from all over the world committed to the creation of urban food policies.

In Italy there are 19 cities that have signed the pact and many of these are developing innovative actions against food waste. The representatives of Milan, Rome, Turin, Genoa, Modena and Cremona met during the talk organized at the fourth edition of Seeds&Chips, sharing the anti-waste activities promoted by their respective cities.

Updated: 04/04/2024