Futurism is the attempt to systematically explore possibilities about the future and how they can emerge from the present
What will we eat in the future? That is a question that has dominated the human mind for millenia.
I take a holistic approach to futurism, drawing from my international experiences and transdiciplinary background. Understanding how the past and present shapes food culture is an important theme throughout all of the work that I do. Below are some examples of my previous work on food futurism.
The Future of New Nordic Food
Here are some examples from the “Future of New Nordic Food” series that the New Nordic Food Programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers commissioned me to write. Each piece explores the coming 15 years of food in the five Nordic countries:
All brains but no hands: what’s a food revolution without qualified people?– What’s the future of vocational training in the hospitality sector?
The Nordic sustainability agenda: a powerful driver of food systems change– What has a strong sustainability narrative taught us about how we should be eating in the future?
Startups changing the face of Nordic food – How will a new era of entrepreneurship shape the diversity and availability of food? ‘
Towards equality, one public meal at a time – Can public meals be an important societal equalizer?
Future Foods in the Asian Region
In 2018, I was commissioned by the Asian Productivity Organization, a regional intergovernmental organization, to develop an online course on the Future Foods. Here is a breakdown of the different modules that I developed for the client:
- Module 1: The global food crisis and world hunger
- Module 2: Introduction to alternative food sources
- Module 3: An in-depth analysis of different future foods (Part 1)
- Module 4: An in-depth analysis of different future foods (Part 2)
- Module 5: Successful case studies on future food businesses
- Module 6: Challenges to overcome
- Module 7: Institutionalized systems to nurture experts in future food and associated businesses
SIRI Commission – Food and Technology Working Group
I currently sit on the Food and Technology Working Group of the SIRI Commission. The SIRI Commission was established by with the aim of focusing on artificial intelligence and digital disruption and the influence it has on Danish society. In the spring and summer of 2019, the SIRI Commission will focus on artificial intelligence, food and climate. The task is to provide scenarios and recommendations on how we can use better use technology in agriculture and food production to secure a better future in a world where we will be 4 billion more people and at the same time have the goal of achieving a maximum temperature rise of 1.5 degrees.
The Commission focuses on artificial intelligence, biotechnologies such as CRISPR, as well as more fundamental changes such as increased production of plant protein, new foods, bioeconomy and what it will mean and demand from our food culture.
The Presidency of the SIRI Commission is held by Ida Auken, Member of Danish Parliament and member of World Economic Forum, and Thomas Damkjær Petersen, Chairman of the Engineering Association, IDA.
Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security
Insects are often considered a nuisance to human beings and mere pests for crops and animals. Yet this is far from the truth. Insects provide food at low environmental cost, contribute positively to livelihoods, and play a fundamental role in nature. However, these benefits are only now becoming known to the wider public. Contrary to popular belief, insects are not merely “famine foods” eaten in times of food scarcity or when purchasing and harvesting “conventional foods” becomes difficult; many people around the world eat insects out of choice, largely because of the palatability of the insects and their established place in local food cultures.
From 2012-2014, I worked as a consultant to the Edible Insects Programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. My work investigated the future applications of insects as food and animal feed.