The European Commission is currently working on a coherent research and innovation policy framework for food and nutrition security. In this context, the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD) is organising the FOOD 2030 high level event, which will take place on the 12th and 13th October in Brussels. The event will explore what is needed to transform and future-proof our food systems to be sustainable, resilient, competitive, diverse, responsible and performant in their provision of accessible, healthy and sustainable food and diets for all.
As a pre-conference event, the EU Policy Lab is co-organising with the Waag Society the hands-on and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) workshop “Hack Your Food” on the 12th October.
The rise of DIY, or rather Do-It-Together (DIT), science practices by citizens has opened new perspectives on the role of citizens in ensuring food security. Both in terms of the accessibility to food and in terms of food safety citizens can retake agency through the appropriation of tools that used to be exclusive domain of governmental organizations, industry and research institutes.
In this workshop we will show how an individual can create his/her own microalgae reactor, inspect and determine the quality of a harvest and prepare a healthy algae smoothie. All this by using tools that can be made from a combination of abundantly available off-the-shelve parts that can be made in FabLabs, MakerSpaces and/or HackSpaces based on Open Source designs. During the discussion the participants will explore how these practices may change the relationship between stakeholders, the way (eco)-systems are designed around food and how consumers can be engaged in this debate.
The workshop participants will be challenged to think and act like citizen-scientists and stimulated to consider new perspectives throughout the workshop, which will combine co-creation training and hands-on experimentation. We hope to foster this attitude, rooted in iterative design, rapid prototyping and collaborative and open design thinking.