The food system is changing. Will we be ready?
An exploratory initiative, using design to interrogate the future of a digitally-enabled food system. Our aim was to prototype future food scenarios to give radical context to the problems and opportunities that lie ahead.
What impact might technology have on our food system?
Climate change is transforming our planet, population increasing exponentially, and soil nutrition is diminishing.
The way we produce, distribute, and consume our food must radically change, but how?
Is technology the answer to creating a sustainable and resilient food system?
Through a connected series of projects, we explored potential solutions to our broken food systems to provoke debate and action around the possible and probable future of our food systems.
At the heart of this project sits a custom Personal Food Computer (PFC). The Method PFC is an AI powered, tabletop hydroponic system, designed not as a final solution but a provocation to help frame our discussions for what might be coming in the near future. The PFC was showcased at the Barbican Centre’s AI: More Than Human exhibition in Summer 2019 and featured on CNBC’s Squawk Box and Edge programmes.
As part of the Life Rewired season at The Barbican we also hosted a 3 day pop up called the Food Assembly. An interactive event designed to engage the public with three potential food futures. The Food Assembly was featured on BBC Click’s Future Food TV programme and Farming Today Radio show and ran beyond its allotted 3 days.
The final part of the initiative was a panel event also entitled Connected Food, which brought the debate to a head with industry experts.
Questions about the resilience of our food sources open up critical areas of innovative exploration.
Method is asking, “How can design thinking and applied technology find a solution?”