Ms. Hamilton, 65, is the president of the USA Pavilion at the 2015 World Expo, in Milan through Oct. 31. The theme is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” and she is running a 35,000-square-foot pavilion that puts American food culture in the spotlight. Following are excerpts from a conversation with Ms. Hamilton.
Q. This year is the first time in the history of world’s fairs that the theme is food. Why do you think the topic is so important now?
A. The Expo organizers have posed the question of how we will feed nine billion people in 2050. If we continue to eat and farm the way we do, there will not be enough food to feed the planet by then. The event will see the brightest-thinking people from over 140 countries addressing this problem.
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