food systems & design

Happy 2014 To You, Too

Thank you everyone for your new year greetings. If 2014 brings me another sandwich as good as this one – that I had at a green convent  in Slovenia – it will be a fine year.

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Between Sorrel And Supertanker

In what ways can design help people interact with living systems in ways that help both of them thrive? And, what small practical steps might one take to test the effect of small actions on the system as a whole? These two questions informed our Doors of Perception xskool last week; a partnership with Konstfack - […]

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Top Down Nature

A huge urban master plan in southen France gets serious about nature as a project. In Bordeaux 55,000 (above) the city of Bordeaux (CUB) has invited five multidisciplinary teams to develop projects, during a a six month “competitive dialogue”, that will explore ‘how best to transform 55,000 hectares (136,000 acres) into natural areas’.

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The Other Green Economy

[Photo taken by the author at Instituto Inhotim, Brazil]. People the world over are divided between radically different conceptions of their future: resource-intensive production on the one side, versus regenerative land-based enterprises, and mosaics of micro-enterprises, on the other. Our dilemma is that although industrial and agribusiness development breeds its own fear and insecurity – most of […]

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Who Is the Arne Jacobsen of Urban Food?

Illustration by Helle Schou Pedersen At a workshop on food in cities at Aarhus School of Architecture  in Denmark last week I learned: that the largest food exporter in Sweden is Ikea (meatballs); that for every meal eaten in a UK restaurant, nearly half a kilo of food is wasted; that about 40 percent of the food […]

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Beer and solidarity

The photograph shows John Gorzynski and his vegetables before a hurricane devastated his family’s farm last Autumn. Nestled in a valley of the Catskills, Gorzynski Ornery Farm is where

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A Breakfast Thought

This is my breakfast on my flight back from India on Air France. I count at least 20 separate items on the tray that are unlikely to be recycled.

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From Milk To Superfoods: Supping With The Devil?

I’d be surprised if many readers of this blog work for the fracking industry. Those charming people spend a lot on lobbying and public relations, sure – but their main aim in life is to remain obscure. But food and drink? The branding, the packaging, the communications, the stores, the promotions, the trade shows, the […]

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Turn-key food hives

Hanging out with health system innovators in recent times I’ve been struck by two interesting things. The first is that the buzz in the investor community about health apps is palpable. To feed the hunger, a new incubator called Rock Health, positioning itself as “the seed accelerator for health startups”, promises to “power the next […]

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