The future of food in 11 films at the FOODTOPIA exhibition

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The future of food in 11 films at the FOODTOPIA exhibition

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25 juni 2015

What does the future of food look like and where will our food come from? Louise O. Fresco, President of the Wageningen University Executive Board, is guest curator of the FOODTOPIA exhibition in Museum Boerhaave. The films below are part of this exhibition and give us a glimpse into the food of the future.

Louise Fresco’s table: Algae

Is algae the new super food of the future? According to Louise Fresco, absolutely. Instead of eating the slimy green strands as is, they will be incorporated into other foods. Algae are extremely efficient, an excellent source of protein and can be used for a wide range of applications.  

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Louise Fresco’s table: Potatoes

Potatoes offer more than just nutrients alone. Louise Fresco explains what the potato of the future will look like.

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Louise Fresco’s table: Apples

Apples are becoming increasingly versatile. These days, there are more than 20,000 apple varieties to choose from, some of which can easily withstand cold, drought or fungi. The common apple may one day be even more versatile, with fewer sugars and more vitamins making them even healthier. Only time will tell.

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Louise Fresco’s table: Food labels

With today’s supermarkets offering so much variety, it’s hard to know which products to choose. Do we opt for slave-free chocolate, regular chocolate or no chocolate at all? Consumers of the future wants to know where their food comes from.

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Louise Fresco’s table: Insects

Most people aren’t fans of insects, but they are extremely nutritious for both people and animals. Will you be enjoying a slice of insect pie in the future?

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Louise Fresco’s table: Obesity

At present, 2.1 billion people worldwide are overweight. This is more than the number of people suffering from malnutrition. It’s important that we learn how to cope with this abundance of food and adapt our eating habits accordingly.

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Louise Fresco’s table: Respect

We’ve come to rely entirely on fishermen, farmers and food processers for our food. These people work extremely hard to provide us with safe and affordable products. And yet they receive a lot of criticism from people who no longer understand how the food chain works, even though they rely on it to survive.

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Louise Fresco’s table: Robots

The farmer’s life is not as romantic as we envision it. It’s hard, labour-intensive and difficult to climb the hierarchical ladder. The solution lies in the development of robots that can take over the more strenuous work like fruit and vegetable picking.

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Louise Fresco’s table: Bread

Bread is full of vitamins and iron, it’s healthy and easy to prepare and has great symbolic value in many religions. Bread is the oldest prepared product in the world and an extremely valuable foodstuff.

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Louise Fresco’s table: Animal welfare

The biggest moral challenge for the future is how we treat animals. Almost everyone likes meat and meat is important, but at the same time there’s growing awareness for the welfare of animals. How do we find a balance?

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Louise Fresco’s table: Fish

It’s become clear that we can’t keep emptying the seas of fish. According to Louise Fresco, fishing is the fastest-growing industry in the world, but far from the easiest. Which challenges will we face in the future?

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