Currently about 1.3 billion cattle populate the earth and graze on about a quarter of the arable land on the planet.
The Women's Weeks were two intense, constructive and exciting weeks at Expo Milano 2015. Strong messages, clear proposals and concrete testimonies were given by the women and men who participated in over 50 international events, debates, concerts, readings and performances. Here is the story in words and pictures of what took place between June 29 to July 10 and the significance of this great legacy for the future.
Increasing the total cultivatable area inside cities as well as outside them is a necessity… and also a pleasant hobby. Devices equipped with sensors are able to measure air temperature, atmospheric and soil humidity, concentration of main nutrients, threats, etc. This data is then gathered and processed and communicated via a mobile or web device. But small spaces can also be exploited using aeroponics, aquaponics and hydroponics, none of which require soil.
The food of the future must require less water, less energy, less fertilizer and less transport. And since sometimes you have to look at the past in order to innovate, many young people are devoting themselves to agriculture and reviving methods of organic cultivation, using biodynamic approaches, permaculture or synergic agriculture. Sustainability also has a vital social dimension, such as the inclusion of weaker or disadvantaged members of society or boosting female business empowerment.
October 23 is Hungary’s National Day in Expo Milano 2015. This Eastern European country has chosen to base its participation on an extremely simple, common and fundamental element: water.
Sustainability is a concept which is made up of several different but intrinsically connected aspects: the environmental, the social, the economic and the cultural aspects. It is these different faces of the prism that make this concept innovative, thus getting away from the classical antinomy between campaigners for the protection of the environment and those favoring economic development understood merely as a quantitative growth figure.
Antonio Boselli is the President of the farmers’ association Confagricoltura in Milan, Lodi, and Monza-Brianza, and an expert in biotechnology applied to agriculture. A speaker at a conference focused on GMOs, held by the CNR (National Research Council) in Expo Milano 2015, he was interviewed by ExpoNet, the official magazine of the Universal Exposition.
A great welcome to you, here today to commemorate with us the birth of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – FAO. We were born in Quebec, on 16 October 1945.
The video for this year, dedicated to World Food Day, explores the theme of social protection and how it can help eradicate hunger and poverty by 2030. The video focuses on the Lesotho Child Cash Grant program, put in place by the government and developed together with several partners. With the contribution to agriculture, the FAO is helping the poorest families in the country to improve productivity in the fields and their food situation.
Sensors, big data, and smartphones: all of these will radically change the way food is produced. With scalable solutions for small farmers and huge industrial farms. The demand on resources is becoming too pressing: we have to optimize them.