THEMES

THEMES

In this page a suggestion of Expo Milano 2015 themes can be downloaded. Each topic is followed by a short description and some ideas of educational activities

The issues of the Exposition range from agriculture to food, from nutrition to world hunger, from biodiversity to sustainability, from food identities to traditions, from localization to globalization…

Every teacher and every class is free to decide which topic to deal with.  

 

Food Systems
Food systems are very complex systems, encompassing everything from agricultural production to processing, packaging, distribution, retail, consumption…

Ideas

  • One or more segments of the food system may be present in each local community
  • The various segments are interrelated and problems in one segment can hardly be solved without impacting the others
  • Globalization can affect different segments in different ways
  • Overall quality depends on all segments (and cannot be improved by focusing on just one)

 

Agriculture/Livestock holding
Agricultural production and livestock holding are specific to each area. Various factors and situations may determine their characteristics.

Ideas

  • Traditional agriculture/livestock holding
  • Landscape aspects related to agriculture/livestock holding
  • Modern agriculture/livestock holding
  • Agriculture/livestock holding techniques
  • Typologies of farms
  • Socioeconomic factors of production
  • Sustainability, biodiversity

 

Processing
Agricultural products are often subjected to transformation processes. Processing makes their consumption or distribution easier; however, it may alter their properties.

Ideas

  • Where and how are local agricultural products processed?
  • Are there any food processing industries in your local area?
  • Benefits and problems of processing
  • Globalization of the food processing industry

 

The food industry     
The food industry produces many of the food products consumed today (packaged, frozen, canned…).

Ideas

  • How food processing industries work
  • Characteristics of the processes and of the food produced
  • Localization/globalization

 

Food distribution and retail 
Distribution and retail bring food products (fresh or preserved) to the consumer. Different kinds of distribution systems exist, each with its own characteristics.

Ideas

  • Large-scale distribution, small-scale distribution, farmers’ markets
  • Which products are distributed (local, global)
  • Low prices, quality
  • Biodiversity of the products supplied

 

Food preparation      
Agricultural products are often subjected to transformation processes. Processing makes their consumption or distribution easier; however, it may alter their properties.

Ideas

  • Cooking/recipes
  • Tradition/innovation
  • Places where food is prepared: home, school, cafeterias…
  • Restaurants

 

Nutrition        
The characteristics of a healthy and effective diet are well known. Oftentimes people cannot (will not) follow recommendations.

Ideas

  • Different kinds of diets
  • The diet at school and/or at home
  • Tradition vs. current trends

 

Biodiversity   
Biodiversity means preserving the number of different living species: both vegetal and animal species. Biodiversity is important in every domain: in nature, in agriculture, in the food we consume.

Ideas

  • Biodiversity in your local area
  • Biodiversity in the food we consume
  • Biodiversity in the past vs. in the present

 

Sustainability 
Sustainability means preserving resources on a global scale. Sustainability may regard every aspect of a food system.

Ideas

  • Water consumption
  • Water use
  • Socio/economic factors
  • Waste disposal
  • CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions

 

Waste disposal/recycling/waste       
“Leftovers” and even “food scraps” or other materials (used for example in packaging) must be disposed of: at a cost, and with a negative impact on the environment. Also, reusable resources may be wasted.

Ideas

  • Waste disposal at school, in the family, in your local area
  • Recycling at school, in the family, in your local area
  • Waste we can avoid

 

Excess/hunger
The paradox of our contemporary world is that situations of excessive (or unhealthy) food consumption exist side by side with poverty and hunger.

Ideas

  • Excess/hunger in your local area
  • Excess/hunger in the world
  • Paradoxes, problems, solutions

 

The role of women

The role of women in the past and in the present, in activities related to agriculture, food production, cooking, nutritional choices.

Ideas

  • Tradition, innovation
  • Cooking, recipes
  • Family structures
  • Responsibilities and arrangements in the family
  • Agriculture and livestock holding techniques
  • Socio-economic aspects of production

 

Expo Milano 2015 Themes (pdf)