Launch of Hungry EcoCities
EatThis. is proud to announce that Hungry EcoCities has kicked-off! We’re committed to this 3,5 year long project putting forward a high-level alliance between science, technology, and art. Together, we’ll explore how digital technologies and applications can lead in turn to reduced food waste, more sustainable value chains, eco-friendly attitudes, and a more ethical food consumption.
Hungry EcoCities brings together renowned art studios with leading artificial intelligence and agricultural experts of our network of leading agricultural companies, to develop ways of creating a more healthy, sustainable, and affordable agri-food system for all.
Sustainable Food Systems
Agriculture has been a nursery for practical solutions to global challenges for a long time. EU agriculture is the only major system in the world that has reduced greenhouse gas (CHC) emissions by 20% since 1990. Nonetheless, food systems remain one of the key drivers of climate change and environmental degradation. There is an urgent need to transition to sustainable food systems.
Bringing together art, technology and science, Hungry EcoCities aims at one of the most pressing challenges of our times:
A more healthy, sustainable, responsible and affordable agri-food system for all.
To realize this ambition, actors of the food chain must play their part in achieving sustainability within their food chains. To obtain a new quality of sustainable innovation and transform, a different approach is required. We need to include a more diverse and multidisciplinary perspective that removes barriers between science, technology, industry, and art, that enables synergies along the value chain.
How to feed a city
Hungry EcoCities takes inspiration from the 2008 book by Carolyn Steel where a core question of civilization, social, psychological and sustainability impact is put forward: How do we feed a city? To answer this question in this project, growers, and agricultural specialists’ team up with artists, designers and creative thinkers to come up with new ideas for the future food system.
Hungry EcoCities will host 20 S+T+ARTS residencies and will run for 42 months. Starting September 2022 to February 2026.
Partners Hungry EcoCities
The Hungry Ecocities Consortium is led by Brno University of Technology (CZ) and In4Art (NL), and counts on the participation of KU Leuven (BE), Carlo Ratti Associati (IT), Studio Other Spaces (GE) Mendel University (CZ), EatThis. (NL) and FundingBox (PL).
HungryEcoCities has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 101069990. It is part of the S+T+ARTS programme. S+T+ARTS is an initiative of the European Commission to bring out new forms of innovation at the nexus of arts, science and technology.