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What we eat is one of the most important decisions that we make everyday!
Food connects us – to each other, to our culture and ultimately to nature, shaping the world that we live in. We depend on food to survive, but much more than that, it gives us pleasure, stirring memories and feeding emotions yet some of the biggest issues we face globally – from climate change to workers’ right and public health – stem from how and what we eat. As the distance between field and fork widens many of us feel detached from our food often not knowing where it came from or how it was produced.
Today, desire is mounting for a food system that is more sustainable, fair and delicious. As technology is reinvented and societies transform at an unimaginable pace, now is the moment to decide what kind of food future we want. What could it look like? What could it taste like?
This exhibition reconsiders the way we farm, trade, eat and dispose of food. It brings together creative interventions by artists and designers working with scientists, chefs, farmers and local communities to change how we eat, and transform and reconnect each stage of the food cycle.
The future of food is in our hands, nothing is off the table.
One piece within the exhibition that took my eye was Totmoxtle. Mexico has over 60 different types of native corn, growing in a brilliant spectrum of colours. In the 1990s the country adopted industrial agriculture techniques, causing a sharp decline in these diverse species and in local employment. In response, Fernando Laposse developed Totomoxtle, a new veneer material made from the discarded husks of vibrant heirloom corn varieties. Totomoxtle supports the villages of Tonahuixtla in south west Mexico, who are replanting once – lost corn species, by providing a secondary income from their corn.