If you eat, you pollute

Beatriz Jacoste
May 29, 2018 · 4 min read

Climate Leaders meet in Toronto. Future Food Institute talks about making the World a better place through food innovation

Yesterday we were part of the climate leader reunion. Have you heard of the Academy Award-winning film An Inconvenient Truth?

If you live in this world, you have probably realized the extremely cold and long winter we had this year and you are starting to feel like in August since May. While it snows in Madrid, it’s sunny and warm in Berlin. How nice right? Not really. There have been activists trying to raise awareness on the dangers of what to many still sound like an abstract and small talk topic: climate change.

“The reality we now face, implores us to act.” Al Gore

The Nobel Laureate and American Vice President created this community of Climate Reality Leaders that now spread over 100 countries and are more than 14,500! Yesterday, I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with 43 of them coming from all over Canada to listen to the actions they are taking in politics, in business and in their everyday life, to face this global crisis. Victoria Serda and Tracy Fihrer were among the powerful woman and climate leaders I met yesterday who have been active in raising awareness and engaging people to act now for our planet.

With the climate leader, Tracy Fihrer

I felt humbled and honoured to talk in front of this brave group of activist about how Future Food Institute is aiming at shaping a more equitable and sustainable world through food innovation.

The food industry is one of the main causes of this crisis, but for this reason, it is also one of the main sectors we should be looking at to put hold to this problem and revert the trend.

If you eat, you pollute.

Globally, 1/3 of the food that is produced is wasted. This is not only an alarming fact because millions of people around the world suffer malnutrition, but also because the amount of energy and natural resources that are put into the process of producing that amount of food (that is then thrown to the garbage) are extremely valuable and scarce. Think about it, 70% of drinkable water is used for agricultural purposes and in 2025, 50 percent of the population are at risk of not having water.

It is an inconvenient truth indeed. But, at the same time, a very difficult one to face if it depends on humans who are according to some ever ongoing philosophical theories, inherently selfish. Nevertheless, I want to raise a point for those selfish ones: “Have you thought of all the plastic you are eating when you order your favorite sushi?” Yummy right?

Surfrider Foundation’s Rise Above Plastics Mission

The Future Food Institute with the mission of empowering people, institutions and the industry, to make better decissions. They equip them with tools, training, mindset and network to come up with solutions that will make the eaters of the future and all the other stakeholders, happier and more eco-friendly.They have created an ecosystem that is growing everyday, now with hubs in Bologna, Madrid, San Francisco and an opening in Hong-Kong in the end of 2018. Watch a video of the Future Food Urban Coolab they created in Bologna: https://vimeo.com/255044769. Inside, they represented the proffesions of the future in the food industry: an urban farmer, a food maker and a food alchemist.

Three years ago, the Future Food Institute created one of the most unique food programs in the world to support international and multidisciplinary passionate individuals who will lead the change. The Food Innovation Program brings together a group of around 20 people each year from different disciplines (from scientists, to chefs, designers, entrepreneurs…) to explore and shape the future of food. One of the most interesting parts of this one-year masters program, is the Global Mission. A 60-day tour around the world scouting best practices, food heroes and innovations that might serve of inspiration to governments and international organizations as well as to companies in the industry to incorporate to start doing things in a better way.

Among the partners of the Mission is ECOALF who is making the first generation of recycled product that is made from recovered plastic bottles from the ocean. Read my last article on our talk with ECOALF: https://medium.com/@beatriz.jacoste/ecoalf-saving-the-planet-one-jacket-at-a-time-94a3c6b235b2

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Next article coming up on the best practices we have found up until now! Preview:

Instock: the restaurant in Amsterdam that turns Food Waste into delicious meals!

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Beatriz Jacoste

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Working to make people, organizations and companies, future-proof. With an innate love towards food, I am a curious traveler studying human needs.

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