Expo 2015: Organic Forum at Biodiversity Park
Organic can save the planet – this is the claim that opened the International Organic Forum at the Biodiversity Park at Expo Milano 2015. At the inauguration on 16 May 2015, Vandana Shiva was present as well as Andrea Olivero, the Italian Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Duccio Campagnoli, the President of BolognaFiere, and representatives of FederBio and IFOAM, among others. The Biodiversity Park is the only area at Expo that is dedicated to organic agriculture. It was created by BolognaFiere, who is also the organiser of Sana, the international exhibition of organic and natural product.
The aim of the International Organic Forum is to bring together stakeholders of the organic sector with environmental groups, scientists, farmers, companies and volunteers, and also the broad public. Following the meeting with stakeholders from the organic sector, Vandana Shiva planted some local and traditional seeds together with Donne in Campo, a group of women from the confederation of Italian farmers, to underline the central role of women in feeding the planet. The next edition of Sana, which will take place from 12 – 15 September this year, will be a reference point for the Organic Forum to develop a common way forward on the Expo theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. More information is available from Sana.