MILAN – The 2015 World Expo is drawing to a close after a six-month run. This year’s theme – Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life is expected to attract more than 20 million visitors by the close of the fair Oct. 31.
With so many people coming to the fair and presumably taking an interest in global food supplies, sustainability, security, and yes, the culinary preparations, now is a good time to consider food as a theme for news coverage.
But, where to begin?
Based on my long day of touring the fair and collecting materials from the Expo press office, I’ll offer some suggestions. Most journalists know you don’t have to work for a mega news outlet to explore these ideas. Let international outlets handle the larger themes if you want. Localizing is a preferred technique for small staffs with limited resources. You don’t need to visit Milan to interview experts about food shortages. Authorities at local universities can fill that gap. Neighborhood supermarkets or even farmers markets are a great way to utilize local sources to illustrate a larger theme, like the growing demand for spices.
So, let me break it down into big and small issues.
Full Course Topics
Food Security – Whether it’s climate change, water shortage, desertification or war, securing food sources and sustaining them were at the forefront of much of Expo 2015.
“The lack of food affects the populations in economic, cultural and social terms,” Brazilian journalist Antonio Passaro said in the most recent panel discussion at Expo 2015. One such story idea is to take on the United Nations’ Zero Hunger initiative. Another is exploring why food shortage solutions in a country often target the oldest members of society.