The orange slaves and exploitation in agriculture in the year of Expo
The missed challenge of Expo
“Is it possible to ensure that all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious and sustainable food?”
This is the question with which Expo, the 2015 Universal Exposition in Milan, opens. An important question that could have provided the chance to reflect on the future of agriculture and food production, of how to be able to feed everyone without depriving the earth of the necessary resources to do so. It is instead proving to be a challenge that is showing all its contradictions, right from the beginning. In words and in deeds.
In words, those of the Charter of Milan2, that appear to be statements with little substance. Good intentions but few solutions. In deeds, through sponsorships, the most significant being those of McDonald’s and Coca Cola, which legitimate a model of production and consumption that is far from solving the questions raised by Expo 2015.
Is this the model of agriculture we are proposing?
When we talk about food we are talking about production models, exploitation of natural resources, sustainability, access to land, supply, supply chain. And labour. Because every single product on a supermarket shelf or in a local market stall is grown, processed, and distributed. Read the report here