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08 March 2018

About the project 'Cultivating Engagement: a citizen participation forum on vertical farming'

Interested in vertical farming and innovative farming methods in general? You're in the right place. This project and blog is a collaboration between the European Food Information Council (EUFIC), PlantLab, and the Technical University of Munich.

And we, the project partners, seek to bring vertical farming 'down to earth' by grounding it in concrete issues that concern citizens. Can vertical farming empower citizens to engage with food challenges today? How can urban communities make use of the built environment to practise horticulture? Will technological innovation contribute to more sustainable food?

To investigate these questions and identify the issues that citizens care about we are developing a Citizen Participation Forum: a process that brings together community groups and activists with experts and professionals involved in vertical farming. The project has three key stages:

1. Research
2. Public events in London and Munich
3. Analysis and reporting

There are many debates currently going on about vertical farming: we want to capture that energy, to understand why people care so much about it, and to explore ways to engage those groups that disagree about what vertical farming is and why it's important. Follow our blog for regular updates from the project.

Mascha Gugganig and Laurie Waller

About The Author: Mascha Gugganig and Laurie Waller

Mascha Gugganig and Laurie Waller are researchers at the Munich Centre for Technology in Society. They are designing the participation process for the Cultivating Engagement project, which investigates how growing plants in high-tech urban farms might address sustainable food problems and aims to map public concerns about vertical farming.

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