“Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” is the core theme of this year’s World Expo that takes place in Milan, Italy. As global population is predicted by the United Nations to surge past 9 billion in 2050 and crop yields waver as a result of climate change, humanity is faced with an imminent global food crisis. At Expo Milano, the world comes together to discuss solutions to the problem of food security. Among the many exhibitors, the German Pavilion and the Dutch Pavilion are the most spot-on.
The German Pavilion, named “Fields of Ideas” has received lots of critical acclaim for the breadth and depth of its discourse. It also highlights the inefficiency of meat production: 1kg beef requires 7kg of grain to produce, whereas 1kg of bread requires only 1kg grain. So if meat is consumed in moderation, there is more land available for the production of food for humans.
The Dutch Pavilion is delightfully unconventional. You’d think you have walked into a funfair. Their exhibits about food sustainability are eight food trucks that serve real food. Talk about learning by doing. One of these trucks, named “Unguilty”, sells plant-based snacks and drinks. Another one offers two kinds of veggie burgers. Have you tried burgers made with seaweed and tofu? They actually taste good!
In the days leading up to the Expo, world leaders met at the Vatican for a conference on climate change. A statement was issued after the meeting, declaring that “human-induced climate change is a scientific reality and “its decisive mitigation is a moral and religious imperative for humanity”. This is exactly what Green Monday’s work is about: making green simple, viral, and actionable so everyone can embrace it. The COP 21 climate change summit will take place later this year in Paris. Whether or not mankind can stop global warming and food insecurity won’t only depend on the results of this summit, but more on what we action we take in our daily lives.