Welcome to Expo Milano 2015, the latest world’s fair focused entirely on food. With 1.1 million square meters of exhibition space, 145 participating countries, and an anticipated draw of 20 million visitors over its six-month run time, Expo Milano 2015 is probably the largest food event in history. The Expo’s theme is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” The goal of this massive worldwide collaboration is to showcase new technologies that can provide a concrete answer to one of the world’s greatest concerns: how to “guarantee healthy, safe, and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the planet and its equilibrium.” However, the question is: has Expo Milano 2015 made any real headway towards its goal?
A few interesting pieces of technology that at least have potential to someday move the world closer to sustainably feeding all people can be seen at the Expo. Israel’s pavilion, for example, is simply a giant curved wall made up of vertical fields, with a unique irrigation system produced in Israel. These ideas could potentially allow food producers to cultivate more crops with less water waste in smaller spaces. The outer walls of Italy’s pavilion are made out of “biodynamic” concrete panels, an innovative new building material that removes some of the pollution from the air and transforms it into inert salts. Surely less pollution can only be a step forward towards a healthier Earth.
Note: This trip was fully paid for by Emilia Romagna Region Tourist Board. However, any opinions expressed here are my own.