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.
The social awareness campaign ‘Don’t be a food waster’ wants to make all audiences proud to say ‘I am not a food waster’ with the ultimate goal of reducing food waste at all levels in the food system.
The #AnnualFoodAgenda encourages consumers to think about the food they eat, increasing their knowledge of the entire value chain, and linking healthy diets to an active and healthy lifestyle, as well as to a healthier planet.
Based on an increasing global demand for protein and that the resulting pressure on traditional animal sources is nowadays considered unsustainable, there is an urgent need of new sustainable protein alternatives with a high nutritional quality, safe and with technological functionalities that satisfy the consumer needs and expectations.
Survey of 5,000 consumers in 10 European countries reveals how lockdown has had a profound impact on food purchasing and consumption
The EIT Food Venture Summit brings together the changemakers that are futureproofing our food system. Find out why entrepreneurs are attending the 2020 virtual event.