The 1st World Conference on the Mediterranean Diet was hosted by the International Foundation of Mediterranean Diet in Milan, Italy, and was held between July 6 and 9, 2016.
The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences was represented by Dean Nahla Hwalla, who gave a talk entitled “Developing sustainable national food-based dietary guidelines based on the Lebanese Mediterranean diet.” The presentation focused on sustainable food consumption as one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the broad development targets for 2030 that were adopted by countries around the globe last year. Dr. Hwalla urged counties to revisit their food based dietary guidelines to increase their sustainability. She also discussed the efforts towards placing nutrition and environmental sustainability within the dietary guidelines that were recently adopted in Lebanon, and called on attendees to include nutrition across all dimensions of food security and not only to restrict it to nutrition-sensitive agriculture.
This conference was organized to consider the Mediterranean diet as a healthy and sustainable dietary pattern. It welcomed more than 100 members of the international scientific community, to discuss ways to revitalize the Mediterranean diet; and to witness the announcement of a new Mediterranean diet pyramid.