Find ways to improve the resilience of our food systems, against the risks of systemic disruptions.
The Challenge: Improving Food Resilience
With Urban Ecology Center
Our food chains are becoming increasingly complex (cultivation, harvesting, processing, distribution, consumption, disposal); each stage being characterized by significant losses, inputs and infrastructure needs (1).
Many scientists consider that this food system contributes to climate change, destroys ecosystems and small models of family farming, endangers people’s health and generates immense waste. In addition, it is particularly vulnerable to the peak of cheap energy, mineral scarcity, water scarcity, economic crises and the own fact of its centralized and interconnected structure (2).
What innovations may improve the impact of these systems and make them more resilient to these risks? What social structures, what innovative partnerships, what low-tech? (3)
- (KAMPELMANN, S., ACHTEN, W., BAULER, T. et PETALIOS, D. (2014). Review report on decentralised & ecological seeds & farming in the EU. Bruxelles. 99p.)
- (SERVIGNE, P. (2013). Nourrir l’Europe en temps de crise. Vers des systèmes alimentaires résilients. 48p.)
- (Philippe Bihouix. 2014. L’Âge des low tech. Vers une civilisation techniquement soutenable).
The Challenger: Urban Ecology Centre
The Urban Ecology Centre is a NGO that aims to increase Brussels’ resilience by stimulating social innovations in favour of ecology. It functions as a bridge-organisation by setting up and facilitating complex partnerships with a diversity of actors in order to activate many concrete projects in Brussels, as well as popular education and participatory action-research.
The Urban Ecology Centre will attend the Life After Hack Belgium Pitch event, where opportunities for collaboration and exchange can be crystallised.
Create Your Solution To The Challenges
To solve the above challenges, we recommend you take part in the Local Food Production Workshop in the ‘Fabulous Food Forever ’ theme on Day 1, where a mix of ideas will be brainstormed and teams will be formed.
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Make sure to also have a talk with Pierre Lacroix, representative of the Urban Ecology Center and one of the Theme experts in the Local Food Production Workshop. His co-presenter in the workshop Haïssam Jijakli is equally happy to advise. And of course, don’t forget to pull the sleeve of Jasmien Wildemeersch. She is your Food Curator at Hack Belgium and your lead expert, connector and coach throughout the 3 day event.
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About the Food Societal Theme
Our food and agricultural systems threaten the planet’s vulnerable ecosystems. Many food producers are struggling to produce against the odds of climate change and market pricing mechanisms. So how might we create more sustainable food production systems while making healthy food accessible for all?
Visit the Food Societal Theme page
Visit the My Journey page to learn more on how you should organise your 3 Days. Lots of other Ideation, business, design and technology workshops to pick. Don’t forget to also visit the Experience Zone.