The world’s fair – Expo 2015 – is taking place in Milan, Italy. It opened in May and will run through October. The United States is among the 145 countries that are participating in the event, which features the theme “Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life.”
At the United States’ pavilion, a giant American flag has been reconfigured and features a plate, knife and fork instead of stars, keeping with the event’s theme. There’s a 7,200-square-foot crop wall, which is, according to the pavilion designers, the world’s largest vertical farm.
Many are saying that the American offering is among the most highly educational displays, providing a true learning experience for those who wish to increase their knowledge about global food issues. The display tackles food safety, security and sustainability.
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“My understanding of Expo is that it wishes to create awareness about the challenge of how to feed a growing population with fixed resources,” said Astrid, an American visitor who works in sustainability and who asked that her last name not be published. “Based on my understanding, the USA Pavilion is on the mark. For example, Obama addresses the challenge and creates awareness. The other [interactive] screens touch on the challenge and propose solutions.”
The pavilion also boasts some of the best views of the entire venue and is proving to be a popular place for “selfies.”