Closure of Expo Milano
Now that the Universal Exposition has just closed its doors, Stéphane Le Foll, Minister of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry and Government Spokesman, has welcomed France’s high profile in Milan.
France’s pavilion – a market hall with a modern, innovative structure made of wood from the Jura [department], soon to be reassembled in France – was exceptionally busy, with more than two million people keen to discover the full wealth of our heritage in terms of food and gastronomy. The hall also received first prize in the architecture category from the Bureau International des Expositions [BIE], a fine symbol for a French forestry and wood industry which is full of vitality and opportunities for the future.
But beyond this, the messages put across in the French pavilion provided the opportunity to recall the link between food and agriculture. France is proud of its gastronomic heritage and the quality of its products, but it also has a great ambition: to be a pioneer in its agricultural practices in order to produce in the most sustainable way by reconciling the necessity of feeding more than nine billion inhabitants tomorrow with the protection of environmental resources, which belong to future generations.
Stéphane Le Foll was keen to thank all the teams which have made this fine project a success for France, saying: “These six months have been very good proof of France’s impact on the world and have made it possible to spread a concept of food and agriculture of which we should be proud”./.