Hello meat eaters, hello vegetarians. Welcome to Meat the Future, our exhibition to presents a possible and controversial alternative to meat production: in vitro meat. Installed at Cube Design Museum in Kerkrade (The Netherlands) as a restaurant for trailblazers, world changers and nature lovers. We invite you to visit it to experience 30 cultured meat dishes that could end up on our plates.
Did you ever considered eating the small green leaves of duckweed floating around in the ditches in between meadows? Probably not, duckweed has a negative connotation since it is flourishing in polluted waters. Yet, scientists and farmers are studying the possibilities of edible duckweed, shoveling it out of the ditches and bringing it to our plates.
With modern cutlery we have added a new pair of fingers to the dinner table. We use our augmented hands to prepare, serve and especially eat our food. Needless to say that eating utilities are adjusted to our habits. Due to the predicted food crisis of 2050, we might want to change these habits. Therefore, designer Wataru Kobayashi created BUGBUG, a picnic cutlery set to promote the consumption of insects (entomophagy) .
Stroopwafels are – just like tulips, clogs and windmills – iconic for the Netherlands. This traditional recipe dates back to the end of the 18th century in Gouda, when a baker started making waffles from residual crumbs and spices and sweetened them with syrup. With STROOOP! food designer and NNN fellow Chloé Rutzerveld presents a modern version of the typical Dutch delicacy, fully made of vegetables.
On a sunny day at the beginning of September two Swedish gentlemen ate pasta on a deck with a wonderful view over the Ume river. There would be nothing special about it if not for the main ingredient of the meal: CRISPRy cabbage, served for the first time in the world.
When it comes to what you eat, do you ever stop to think about how healthy your food is? Another factor of food to think about involves the health of the environment. Agriculture today isn’t where it needs to be. Here’s how farmers are taking the next step for better agriculture tomorrow.
In 1931, Wintston Churchill speculated on the future of laboratory-grown meat in his essay Fifty Years Hence. He wrote: “We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium”. Even before animal welfare conditions and environmental damage, Churchill foresaw the benefits of simple animal tissues over raising animals as a whole.
Behold food technologist Prof. Atze Jan van der Goot and his 3x30x60 cm mega steak! The taste is a bit bland still but the texture resembles animal muscle tissue, which gives it a great ‘bite’. The mega steak was grown in a laboratory at Wageningen University (The Netherlands) with a process that, according to the researchers, resembles the baking of bread. And it is vegetarian too.
The 5th largest airline in the United States, JetBlue, is growing potatoes at Terminal 5 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The urban organic garden was built from a large amount of stacked recycled milk crates and can produce approximately 1.000 pounds of potatoes per season, and about 2.000 herb plants. The signature potatoes are, indeed, blue.