The project will develop a Citizen Participation Forum (CPF) assessing the potential of (indoor) vertical farming (VF) technologies to address some of the major challenges our food systems face. Mixing state-of-the-art participation methods including online issue mapping, face-to-face dialogue and hands-on 'makeathons', the CPF will trial a range of pilot projects aimed at gaining consumer insight and stimulating broad public debate on VF. Taking a research-driven approach, results will both be analyzed in regards to best-worst practices and offer critical reflections on public participation schemes, assessing the possibility for scaling and broad deployment by EIT food. The pilot projects stimulate future collaborations between researchers and the high-tech (food) industry in exchange with wider publics (including in RIS countries).
Cultivating Engagement: a citizen participation forum on vertical farming
This project puts citizens at the centre of shaping high-tech innovations in food production to become healthier and more sustainable.
Co-creating initiatives to increase consumer trust in food
Hapje Tapje is a consumer event and a culinary feast in the city of Leuven. Every year, EIT Food presents innovative ideas, drinks and foods to the general public.
The Zero Plastic Hero campaign was organised on Facebook over the course of a month to inform and inspire consumers about plastic waste. We shared tips on reducing plastic waste, introduced consumers to sustainable products and collaborated with ambassadors that are experts on the topic.
Feltwood closes €1.2 million funding round to scale production of industrial materials made from vegetal waste
Spanish-based startup Feltwood has closed its seed funding round with EIT Food as a major investor.
A report by EIT Food provides key insights, needs, and recommendations from consumers about building trust in the food chain.