A rendering of the Expo Milan 2015 pavilion
2015 Milan World Fair
This year’s World’s Fair, or Expo 2015, kicked off on May 1, 2015 in Milan with the theme, Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. Since their inception in 1851, the nature of world expositions has evolved. Three eras can be distinguished: the era of industrialization, the era of cultural exchange, and the era of nation branding. This is the first world’s fair with a food theme.
Unlike previous expositions where smaller countries or countries with fewer resources would be grouped together geographically, Expo 2015 is creating food-theme clusters that will allow countries to address various issues that are not necessarily bound by geography.
The theme embraces technology, innovation, culture, traditions and creativity and how they all relate to food and diet. This year’s Expo will continue to develop themes from earlier Expos but this time, in the light of new global scenarios and emerging issues, with a principal focus on the right to healthy, secure and sufficient food for the entire world’s inhabitants.
Under the umbrella of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, there are seven sub-themes:
- Science for Food Safety, Security and Quality
- Innovation in the Agro Food Supply Chain
- Technology for Agriculture and Biodiversity
- Dietary Education
- Solidarity and Cooperation on Food
- Food for Better Lifestyles
- Food in the World’s Cultures and Ethnic Groups
I love the idea of our whole world coming together to bring awareness and trying to solve such an inclusive problem. Whether it’s hunger, lack of nutrition education, lack of agriculture, whatever it may be, every country in the world has food issues. I believe the only way to solve it is committing to work together.