The EU at Expo Milano 2015
This year’s World Exhibition in Milan has come to an end and we can say with confidence that it has been a success. The challenge now is to secure its legacy. For this edition of the EXPO, the EU’s objective was to provide an opportunity for a global debate contributing to how science and innovation can help to ensure safe, nutritious, sufficient and sustainable food across the world.
In March 2014 a high-level EU Scientific Steering Committee was established, chaired by former Commissioner for Agriculture Franz Fischler and involving eleven EU experts in the field of food security and nutrition. The Committee provided valuable scientific analysis and advice on research and innovation options to address this global challenge, which was presented at two high-level conferences at EXPO on 9 May and 15 October.
In addition, EXPO provided a platform to host over 10 events related to research and innovation policies and showcase projects funded by the European Commission Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 'Horizon 2020'. A number of innovative solutions have come to light during this edition of EXPO, and now is the moment to ensure that these are transformed into concrete and sustainable actions.
EU Research & Innovation Highlights
Lobster wrappers and wastewater-based bottles – taking recycling to the next level
Discarded food and wastewater could become raw materials for drinks bottles and food wrappers thanks to technology that can turn them into bio-based plastics.
Warming oceans, floods and drought - protecting food from climate change
Extreme weather and a changing climate are presenting new threats to the safety of our fish, seafood and vegetables, according to European scientists who are working out how to keep our food safe to eat.
Mathijs: Sustainable food, materials, and energy will flow from a technology-driven bioeconomy
Interview with Professor Erik Mathijs, chair of the foresight expert group for the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research, which presented its fourth foresight report at Expo Milano on 19 June.
Gut bacteria linked to longevity
A Mediterranean-style diet rich in fish, fruit and olive oil can help people live longer, and scientists believe this could be because of its effect on the bacteria in our stomachs.
- Maize yoghurt and monkey bread – African foods coming to a supermarket near you
- Gene breeders working against the clock to find the most efficient fish, crops and feed
- Inequality, not unavailability, is the main driver of food insecurity
- Expo Milano, food for all
- Burgers made from bug-fed chicken coming to a supermarket near you
Did you know
- In 2013 agricultural exports accounted for around 11% of the total value of EU exports
- The whole agri-food sector employs 48 million people in Europe
- 99% of producers are SMEs and the EU is the world's leading food exporter
R&I Events at EXPO 2015
- Better ways to cook up food policy
- Taking pesticide contamination off the menu
- Extracting healthy ingredients for food and cosmetics from rice starch
- Conflicted consumers: anxiety and food decisions
- Smart labels make food safety stick