The exhibition, sponsored by Baxterstorey, maps out the production of our nourishment. Starting with the organic waste we produce daily, and transitioning to the innovative way we must look at food as a resource; from the production to the table.
Above all, this exhibition shows that many industries are now prioritising recycling regimes and food and organic waste reduction (Hurrah!). For me, this showcased a positive amalgamation of production, design and technology with environmental issues.
What’s encouraging is to see the ways in which world-wide projects are pushing the generation of sustainable materials; as well as the beautiful designs that have been created from food waste, the art created is fuelled by an initiative to reduce plastic use.
Another thing that I really liked was the connection between food and technology. I’m a gardener, I produce local food in a very direct way, but sometimes I forget the amazing processes that are occurring to produce something organically. The idea that food production can be transformed with technology, whilst prioritising sustainability, is exciting.
The exhibition wouldn’t be honest if it was all the good bits. Pieces also draw attention to our farming and trading systems and how they threaten the quality of produce. There’s also a glimpse in to the fractured social and environmental system at the foundation of mainstream food production. There are clear ways to improve these ill-performing, unsustainable practices in order to produce quality food – seeing it in a gallery makes it all seem so obvious.