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This year we witnessed an incredible array of projects from universities aimed at making the food we consume more sustainable. Some of the most innovative solutions in this group aim to bring farming and agriculture closer to the communities they serve, develop educational tools and programmes to encourage more sustainable eating behaviours, and give a new life to the by-products of the food industry. These are pragmatic, imple-mentable ideas that remind us how changing how and what we eat is both urgent and possible.

Native

Native

Food

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design (Madrid)

Adapting our diets to mitigate the impact of overfishing and rebalance marine ecosystems

Mealody

Mealody

Interactive food experiences

Royal College of Art

Using music to make healthier and more conscious eating choices

Informaize

Informaize

Air pollution

Central Saint Martins (UAL)

Biodegradable rainproof garments from corn husk waste, reducing pollution in rural communities

Scobio

Scobio

Plastic waste reduction

The Glasgow School of Art

Biodegradable plastic film for sustainable packaging from gin distillery waste

Farmelody

Farmelody

Community

University of Oxford

Using big data to transform farming and protect animals’ health

Elos

Elos

Biomaterials

ECAL, Lausanne University of Art and Design

Transforming bone waste from meat processing into components for consumer electronics

The Algae Grower

The Algae Grower

Accessible food

Politecnico di Torino (POLITO)

A home device to encourage sustainable growing of fresh Spirulina

CHOSEN

CHOSEN

Food

Pratt Institute

Integrated platform making food banks more efficient, connecting donors and those in need

CERES: Cultivating citizen seeds

CERES: Cultivating citizen seeds

Agriculture

École Boulle

A sustainable solution for community-driven food production using and sharing native seeds

The Wing Guard

The Wing Guard

Food preservation

Pratt Institute

A non-violent, non-toxic system for open-air food services to repel insects

Bee Week

Bee Week

Awareness

Escuela de Comunicación Mónica Herrera

An interactive programme to raise awareness of the importance of bees in our ecosystem

VORKOSTER

VORKOSTER

Food waste reduction

University of the Arts Berlin (UdK – Berlin)

A smart lid that tracks deterioration of food in the home and helps us reduce waste