Expo 2015: the "general states" of the world on nutrition

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WE-Women for Expo: nutrition and nourishment from the female point of view. Because always and in every culture, the woman - the mother - is a symbol of welcome, of taking care even through food. It is a network of projects between art, culture and creativity involving women from all over the world, and not just well-known faces but also ordinary people with their stories and experiences. President of Women for Expo is Federica Mogherini, the current High Representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy. Among the initiatives also a competition for female entrepreneurship and a novel of the world: a collection of stories from different countries: stories of women and food, memories and emotions perhaps linked to a recipe handed down from generation to generation, from woman to woman.

Feeding Knowledge. A network of over 2, 500 researchers, a database of over 800 articles and scientific documents and over 3, 400 organizations and institutions registered on the online platform. This is the Feeding Knowledge project, developed in collaboration with the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (IAMB / CIHEAM) and the Milan Polytechnic. A call for tenders was also launched to talk about Best Practices from all over the world and among the 749 stories admitted to the final phase, an international jury chose 18 stories that, with videos and photos, will show visitors experiences from Mongolia to Guatemala, from Tanzania to the Mediterranean.

Childrenshare. A project dedicated to the smaller Expo visitors: learning by playing how important it is not to waste food and what are the tastes and flavors that children in other countries of the world like. The guide is of course Foody, the mascot of Expo, conceived and designed in a captivating way for children, like a cartoon, like the set of eleven characters (the garlic Guagliò, the Arabella orange, the Piera pear and the others friends). In the same context, the MUBA Foundation Children's Museum in Milan will set up a program of exhibitions and events at the Rotonda della Besana during the months of the Expo.

Children Park: revolves around the planet, revolves around the future. And this is the slogan of the space that Expo dedicates to children. A garden space with eight thematic areas to guide children to understand the themes of the exhibition through play. From the interactive forest to the giant vegetable garden, from bicycles to activate energy to aromatic bells to recognize the smells of nature and food. Everything was conceived and managed by the Reggio Children team, which for years has been developing a successful ludic-educational method that is also exported to China and the United States.

School Project. At least two million Italian and foreign students will visit the pavilions during the six months of the Expo. For this reason, a targeted program for schools, preparation work in classrooms, and twinning between schools with a view to collective educational visits was considered. Students of the third and fourth classes of high schools in Lombardy will be able to participate in Expo as volunteers, one or more days, for side events. After a brief training they will be able to preside over the areas of greatest interest for schools, providing "fellow" student visitors with information on the contents of the pavilions.

Expo Laboratory. The Milan Charter (or Milan Protocol) will be the final document and in some ways more important than Expo. It will conclude a long scientific reflection on the themes of access to food, food waste, environmental sustainability and ethics. Laboratorio Expo actively participated in the drafting of the protocol, which involved the academic world and numerous international scientific institutions, and organized discussions with international experts (Expo Schools) and an international competition of ideas for innovative applications in the field of sustainability and food safety.

WAME & Expo2015 (World Access to Modern Energy). Not only nutrition and nutrition: at the center of Expo 2015 there will also be themes relating to the planet's energy resources and their access. In the world, one dwelling in four is without electricity, yet renewable natural resources (sun, wind, water, biomass and fossil fuels) could give electricity to 1.3 billion people, about 20% of the world's population. The projects related to Wame tell small and medium concrete situations in Asia, Africa and Latin America, with over 1000 projects presented.

Aquae Venice 2015. In conjunction with the exhibition in Milan, an international event dedicated to water, the relationship between water and food and climate change is proposed in Venice . A detached pavilion, in Venice-Marghera, designed by architect Michele De Lucchi, also designer of Pavilion Zero. An ad hoc space will be dedicated to the relationship between water and food: visitors will be able to see, ask and touch the blue fish, crustaceans and molluscs that populate our seas, asking information to biologists, fishermen and researchers. Photo: a stretch of the river Adda, between Paderno (Lecco) and Trezzo (Milan).

Pavilion Zero : the entrance door to the Expo, the one to the west, where 70% of arrivals are expected. Wooden cones up to twenty-six meters high for a dramatic and theatrical space that in a journey through twelve rooms tells the story of man through the history of food, from hunting to the present day, with extreme food consumption and waste food. A 3D virtual trip allows you to get an idea of ​​the work of the many master craftsmen, carpenters, cabinet makers, blacksmiths and painters who have created with the Zero an introduction, even symbolic, to the themes of the Expo.

Future Food District. In the future, will there still be supermarkets? How will we do the shopping in 100 years? Will we order everything from a computer or smartphone? We will no longer choose every single courgette, we will not smell tomatoes, we will not touch peaches to see if they are too ripe? Expo 2015 responds with a pavilion that is a real supermarket, where it will be possible to buy products from Italian companies. All hyper-technological, with the labels that will appear on large touch screens and will also provide detailed information on the product chain. "We will be able to discover everything about an apple: the tree from which it was collected and the journey he made - explains Carlo Ratti, the architect who designed the pavilion - the carbon dioxide he produced and the treatments he underwent."

Biodiversity Park. In Italy there are over 30% of animal species and almost 50% of plant species present in Europe. Among the thematic areas of Expo, there will be a biodiversity park, to enhance the Italian environmental, agricultural and agri-food excellences, with a pavilion dedicated to organic and one to the Biodiversity Exhibition. A path along all the different local landscapes, from the plains to the mountains, from the mule tracks that line the coasts to the modern urban landscapes. Photo: an apple tree of the Pink Lady variety.

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Arts & Foods: rituals since 1851. The Triennale becomes a pavilion of the Expo, in the center of Milan: it will host an exhibition to tell about food through painting, sculpture, photography, advertising, cinema, literature, architecture and design. All the arts that from 1851, the year of the first universal exposition in London, confronted each other with the theme. From Impressionism to Divisionism, from the Avant-gardes to Pop Art to the most current research, with works and masterpieces on loan from museums, public and private institutions, artists and collectors.

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