During the EU presidency of the Netherlands in the first half of 2016, an Arts & Design program is taking place, titled 'Europe by People, the future of everyday living'. As part of this program, a temporary FabCity Campus is realized on the Java-island, where the future of Europe will be explored. In the run-up to the campus, Pakhuis de Zwijger will organize events every month around the initiatives that will participate. Tonight we talk about closing the food cycle and zoom in on different parts of the cycle.
The trajectory of a seed is usually one-way. But how can we bend the route to close the cycle? Let’s zoom in to the process. First, a seed is growing into a crop. We need to take care of this crop to keep it growing and make certain it grows the way we want it to grow. Then, when it is big and tasty enough, we harvest the crop. Maybe the crop has to be processed so it is ready to eat (like grain that is turned into bread for example). The crop or processed food has to be distributed to (super-)markets in order to get it close to potential customers; they buy and consume the vegetable. A lot of energy is needed for this process, meanwhile creating a pocketful of waste; from the moment of harvest till there is only waste and consumed food left. How does our food production work and what happens with this waste full of nutrients? Can we change our way of production by, for example, returning the nutrients to the soil or turn waste into biogas? In short, how can we close the food cycle?
Enver Loke (Chocolatemakers) will introduce the topic with a story about the production process of chocolate and how he aims to make it circular. The Chocolatemakers made a bar without using a single drop of oil and try to create a minimum of waste in the process. And if there really has to be waste, they re-use it.
Another case study we will talk about this evening is Café de Ceuvel, which situates in the north of Amsterdam. They try to close their food cycle with creative solutions, such as cooking with biogas made out of their kitchen-waste.
After the program, there is an update and discussion about the EU2016 FabCity Campus. If you want to be informed about the progress or want to contribute to the development of the campus, you are more than welcome to join the discussion. The after-program will be both in Dutch and English.