We are coming to Milan

March, 20th, marked an important milestone for the Slow Food Youth Network around the world. During a press conference held in Milan to officially present Slow Food’s involvement in Expo 2015, the spotlight was turned on young people and SFYN as plans for huge event were revealed. 

From October 3-6, as Expo comes to a close, the Slow Food Youth Network will bring several thousand young farmers, food artisans, fishers, nomads, Indigenous Peoples, chefs, students and activists to the city to show the world exactly who feeds the world. Why? To show that we can only really feed the planet if we protect those who work hard, night and day, to put food on people’s plates.

This event will combine education, food, music and fun to establish the ground to think about our future food system all together! So, block the dates in your agendas, spread the word and join us in this movement.

In an open invitation, Slow Food International President Carlo Petrini, invites all young people Slow Food network to come to Milan:

“The world needs you, your example, your skills, your youth and your energy. Come to Milan in October, when the great Universal Exhibition dedicated to “Feeding the Planet” will be coming to an end. Who better than you—you who feed the world with your daily labor—to lead this mobilization and launch, at last, an unequivocal message of hope and peace and prospects for the future?”

Click here to find the full call in 9 different languages.

Joris Lohman, chairman of the Slow Food Youth Network, echoed the words of Slow Food in a video message: 

But what exactly is Expo?  And why is Slow Food getting involved?

Since 1851 the Universal Exhibition has been the stage for our civilization’s most ambitious goals, a place to share innovation, technological advances and discoveries. Since then, this occasion to bring the world’s citizens together has taken place every five years.

In 2015, Expo is being held in Milan. The theme of the event is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. In Slow Food’s opinion, no other topic is more important than food, nutrition and the need to guarantee access to good, clean and fair food for everyone.

Throughout the event, Slow Food will have a 3300m2 space designed by Herzog & de Meuron, one of the world’s most famous architecture studios. Its aim is to explain the significance of biodiversity in the context of the bigger picture of the global food system and demonstrate why it is so important to preserve it.

As you all know, many of the companies and ideas shaping the current food system do not help feed the planet. We produce enough food to feed 12 billion people, and yet 850 million are still malnourished. You can read Slow Food’s recent reaction to the announcement that McDonalds is a sponsor of the event here.

Working in the same space as these companies and in front of the world’s media, means sharing the experience of our movement with a huge number of people. We must let them know that the food that feeds the planet is different; it’s food with a soul, a heart and a history.

So let’s start spreading the word!
- Website: www.wefeectheplanet.com, www.sfyn.org/we-feed-the-planetwww.slowfood.com/expo2015/en/
- Social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
- Hashtags: #WeFeedThePlanet #WFTP #SlowFoodExpo #Expo2015