What's on the menu?
We all have to eat. But, in this day and age, eating responsibly means thinking about a list of questions touching on health, ecology, and labour. Meat or no meat? Organic or fair trade? Local or imported?
What ends up on your plate is a result of many decisions made before you get a choice, ranging from farming to packaging to logistics. These paths from farm to plate are called food systems. These systems are not currently sustainable: the production systems produce lots of greenhouse gases and reduce biodiversity, meat production takes up an excessive amount of farmland, and valuable food is lost all along the way, from transport losses to consumer waste. Our current production system threatens food security on a global scale.
Better alternatives require creative thinking and political action. This includes ensuring environmentally sustainable farming around the globe, nudging consumers towards carbon-friendly food alternatives and creating innovations for a changing climate.
The bad news. Food production is currently responsible for one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions. Because the world’s population is rapidly growing, demand for food is predicted to increase by 60 to 100 percent by 2050. We need feed more people with a smaller production footprint.
The good news. The UN has stated that sustainable food systems have the potential to alleviate poverty, increase health and wellbeing, and help manage acute shocks, like disease outbreaks and climate extremes. Aalto researchers have suggested changes to the global food system to secure rice, wheat and maize production, as these three crops are essential for food security across the globe.
- As a decision-maker: Support laws and regulations that promote sustainable food production initiatives.
- As a consumer: Vote with your fork and choose vegetarian and vegan options, local production, and ethically sourced food as often as possible.
- As an individual: Try to minimise food waste and consume less meat and dairy
In Life 1.5, we need to use less to feed more.
Explore these science and design collaborations that pave the road towards a better future. Welcome to visit the exhibitions also in person during 7.9. - 12.10. (Väre, Otaniementie 14).
This video installation and the related mapping workshops ask us to reflect on how our everyday urban environments and circumstances might affect the wider adoption of 1.5 degree lifestyles, or more specifically, of sustainable diets.
Showcased in this exhibition, Aalto University visual communication design students present collaborations with NBW Finland to develop and design user-centered visual packaging and branding concepts for still water.
Designs for a Cooler Planet 2022: Life 1.5
Read more about our main theme and explore the projects of the other sub-themes:
Designs for a Cooler Planet is a five-week-long festival celebrating experiments in planet-friendly materials, fashion, and food.