Milan Expo 2015 : Feeding the planet, energy for life

     The Milan Expo 2015 opened it's gates on May 1st to millions of expected visitors attracted by the theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for life". This Universal Exhibition will bring together around 140 participating countries on an area of about 1.1 million square meters. The event is planned to last till October 31st.

     There are five variations on the theme:
     1. Pavilion Zero where the history of humankind is shown via its relationship with food.
     2. Future food district with explanations on how technology will change food distribution, storage, purchase and consumption. 
     3. Biodiversity park, a garden in which a number of ecosystems are reproduced.
     4. At the Triennale museum an Arts and Foods expo will be hosted that will explore the relationship of food and art through the centuries.
     5. Children's park

Plan of the exposition area, source : www.iitaly.org
     In addition, all the countries that do not have a pavilion of their own are presented in the "Cluster". The cluster itself is divided into nine sections spread on an area of about 36650 square meters. The sections are: rice ; cocoa and chocolate ; coffee ; fruits and vegetables ; spices ; cereals and tubers ; bio-mediteraneum ; islands, sea and food ; arid zones.

     The expo wants to confront issues of agriculture and sustainable development. The keywords are innovation, energy conservation, environmental protection and natural resources. Another outstanding feature is the Charter of Milan which will be a cultural legacy of the exposition. The Italian government insisted upon the creation of this charter addressing four major issues:
Detailed map of the expo area,
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     1. What economic and production models can ensure sustainable development in economic and social areas?
     2. Which of the different types of existing agriculture are able to produce  sufficient quantities of healthy food without damaging water resources and biodiversity?
     3. What are the best practices and technologies to reduce inequalities within cities, where the majority of the human population is concentrated?
     4. How can we think about food not onlyas a source of nutrition, but also as something that provides socio-cultura identity?



This section will showcase different country pavilions throughout the duration of the exposition.

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