General information

"Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" is the core theme of Expo Milano 2015. This common thread runs through all the events organized both within and outside the official Exhibition Site. Expo Milano 2015 will provide an opportunity to reflect upon, and seek solutions to, the contradictions of our world. On the one hand, there are still the hungry (approximately 870 million people were undernourished in the period 2010-2012) and, on the other, there are those who die from ailments linked to poor nutrition or too much food (approximately 2.8 million deaths from diseases related to obesity or to being overweight in the same period). In addition, about 1.3 billion tons of foods are wasted every year. For these reasons, we need to make conscious political choices, develop sustainable lifestyles, and use the best technology to create a balance between the availability and the consumption of resources.

The site will host four thematic areas. These range from Pavilion Zero, which traces the history of humankind via its relationship with food, to the Future Food District, which explains how technology will change food storage, distribution, purchase, and consumption. Then there are the areas of the Children’s Park, where the young folk can learn about the themes of Expo Milano 2015 while having fun, and the Biodiversity Park, a large garden in which a number of our planet’s ecosystems are reproduced. In Milan itself, at the Triennale museum, will be Arts & Foods, an exhibition exploring how the relationship between food and art has changed over the centuries.

For the countries that chose not to have their own pavilions, Expo Milan 2015 has created an innovative mode of participation: the Cluster. These exhibition spaces bring together countries that all produce, or have a relationship with, a specific food. The nine Clusters are spread over a total area of 36,650 square meters.
They are:

  • Rice,
  • Cocoa and Chocolate,
  • Coffee,
  • Fruits and Legumes,
  • Spices,
  • Cereals and Tubers,
  • Bio-Mediterraneum,
  • Islands, Sea and Food,
  • Arid Zones.

Within each Cluster, videos, installations and photo exhibitions illustrate the history of the food or kind of food. Cooking demonstrations and tastings will take place, and there will also be a market, where visitors can discover these foods, presented directly by the people who cultivate them.

Source: Expo Milano 2015