Mere weeks after the Trump administration proposed deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and as the public awaits a crucial decision on whether or not the president will bow out of the environmentally-focused Paris Agreement, Trump’s predecessor spoke in Milan about food security and critical climate change decisions. Barack Obama made his first post-presidency foreign keynote address this week at the Seeds and Chips Global Food Innovation Summit, which this year was held in Milan, Italy.
Viewers of the speech say it was carefully worded so as not to make waves. Obama spoke mainly about income inequality, rain patterns, and climate issues, according to The New York Times.
“The current administration has differences with my administration in terms of energy policy, [but] the private sector has already made a decision that the future is in clean energy,” Obama said.
Obama said he also understood why people would be adverse to food sustainability and security laws:
“Because food is so close to us and is part of our family and is part of what we do every single day, people, I think, are more resistant to the idea of government or bureaucrats telling them what to eat, how to eat and how to grow,” he said.
After the keynote address Obama visited Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper,” which is on display in Milan:
"So even in our religion and in our art, food is important," he joked.