Food affects everyone. So why are more people not part of the conversation and conservation around the future of food?
One of the main problems found within research was the lack of responsibility, accountability and ownership of problems when it comes to the food system. The first intervention invites society into the conversation of food with interactive blackboards in busy towns. The question poses “Before its too late…I can impact the food system by [insert text here]” as a method of reflecting, connecting and pledging behaviours publicly to highlight individual responsibility and involvement in the future of food. This plays on public commitments, modelling and tragedy of the commons, as the most successful methods of changing behaviour because of their emotional interactions.
Pollination is a vital service that sustains habitats and ecosystems by providing food security for both people and wildlife. Pesticide use, farming methods and climate change have huge impacts on pollinators, where the lollipop acts as a piece of design activism to teach children about the importance of food choices and its impacts on the environment, making for more conscious consumers. The lollipop stick rolls out into a map that highlights the best places for the biodegradable, seed map to be planted for more, bigger, better, joined-up, diverse and high quality flower-rich habitats which are essential for pollinator revival.
The aim of this intervention was to enhance natural packaging of oranges to increase appeal and add value to perceived inedible fruit peels that are widely considered ‘waste’. The designed ritual acts as a method of driving conversation around fruit peels as highly nutritious matter with multiple uses, sparking imagination beyond the bin.