Fifth edition of the International Forum dedicated to the Mediterranean Diet

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The European Room of the European Union (EU) Pavilion in Expo Milano 2015 hosted last September 18th the fifth edition of the International Forum dedicated to the Mediterranean Diet, included among the events of the Mediterranean Diet Week organized by the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (MIPAAF).

The Forum, attended by leading experts in this area, focused on many aspects of the Mediterranean diet not only as culture and lifestyle, but also in the potential development of sustainable business linked to this type of food.

Among the participants, highlighted Tullio Scovazzi, Professor of International Law at the University of Milan-Bicocca; Elisa de Cabo de la Vega, general secretary of the Spanish Ministry of Culture; Pier Luigi Petrillo, associate professor of Comparative Public Law at the University of Roma-La Sapienza Unitelma; Jelena Ivanisevic, from the Research Institute of Ethnology and Folklore of Croatia; Massimo Conio, director of the Department of Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy at the Hospital of San Remo; and Riccardo Garosci, chairman of the Nutrition and Education Italian Ministry.

Representatives of the Mediterranean Olive Oil Cities Network (Re.C.O.Med), including the Spanish Association of Olive Municipalities (AEMO), also participated.

The Network came into being in Imperia on the 18th of November 2011 during the first edition of the Mediterranean Diet Forum. It is a network of the olive oil towns of the Mediterranean. Italy, Albania, Croatia, Greece, Israel, Morocco, Montenegro, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey are the 12 founder members. Lebanon was granted membership during the 2nd edition of the Forum, on 16th of November 2012.

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