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“American Food 2.0” Program Featured at World Expo in Milano 2015

The Friends of the U.S. Pavilion Milano, a coalition responsible for organizing the U.S. presence at Expo Milano 2015, have announced their launch, kicking off a year-long series of programs highlight the importance of food security and sustainability, to demonstrate the strength of U.S. ties with Italy and all of Europe, and to promote the diversity of American food.

“…we need to go to work to make sure that the pavilion is at the level that we want it to be, that it showcases the creativity and technology and capacities that we have with respect to both sustainability and long-term stability and growth and food security for a growing population on this planet,” said United States Secretary of State John Kerry

As the world convenes at Expo Milano 2015 to address the challenges of feeding 9 billion people by 2050, the Pavilion goal is to showcase American leadership and innovation in global food security, agriculture, and cuisine and plant the seeds for enhanced trade and investment between the United States and Italy in this sector.

usa-1“DuPont is proud to participate in the USA Pavilion at Expo 2015,” said Jim Borel, Executive Vice President, DuPont. “This global stage provides an opportunity to generate dialogue and collaborative action to feed a growing population. DuPont is committed to doing our part by making food more nutritious, safer and available to people everywhere.”

Under the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” Expo Milano 2015 will take place in Milan, Italy from May 1 through October 31, 2015. Like all World Expos, the event is intended to leave a cultural, social, scientific and technological legacy on a theme of global interest.  The United States of America will be one among at least 147 nations and regions represented at Expo Milano 2015.

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About the Friends of the U.S. Pavilion Milano 2015
Friends of the U.S. Pavilion Milano 2015, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a collaboration between the James Beard Foundation (JBF) and the International Culinary Center (ICC), in association with the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy, whose mission is to conceive, design, fundraise for, and produce the USA Pavilion and programs at Expo Milano 2015 under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State.

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Update: Biofortified Sorghum Answers Posted

About sorgum Page_hands_webIn an earlier entry, we told you about a Biofortified Blog post, inviting its readers to submit questions related to the biofortification of sorghum and Africa Biofortified Sorghum (ABS). The questions were collected and now the answers, provided by Dr. Marc Albertsen, have been posted.

Dr. Albertsen is a DuPont Pioneer research director, lead and principal investigator for the ABS Project.

Australia Food Security Spotlight Fosters a “Critical Conversation”

The recent DuPont Australia food security forum brought to the forefront a “critical conversation for Australia,” according to participant, former Deputy Prime Minister and trade minister, Hon. Tim Fischer.

Australian food security experts participated in a panel discussion hosted by DuPont Australia on March 11 in Canberra. Photo by Firedust.

Australian food security experts participated in a panel discussion hosted by DuPont Australia on March 11 in Canberra. Photo by Firedust.

Fischer was part of the eight member panel that discussed new research from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Feeding Asia Pacific: Australia’s role in regional food security, at the event held in Canberra last week. The forum was hosted by DuPont Crop Protection President, Rik Miller.

The DuPont-commissioned EIU report recommended several key measures that could potentially increase Australia’s food security role in Asia. Panel member, Matthew Cossey, CropLife Australia CEO, said that the “greatest challenge” and most concerning issue  in agriculture was that latest data from 2012 indicated the Australian economy attracted about $170 billion worth of foreign investment but the agricultural sector accounted for about $3.5 billion of that amount.

“I think that is probably the largest issue that we need to be talking about in agriculture from an investment perspective,” he said.

The forum was held at the National Press Club and brought together nearly 100 leading figures from agriculture, policy, trade and economic sectors.

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