FEED THE WORLD 2030: POWER OF PLANTS HACKATHON
With a growing worldwide population, the capacity for food production will have to increase by over 60% to meet the demand of the estimated 8.5 billion global population (by 2030).
New Zealand’s farming has previously focused on commodity crops and contributes to the global food ecosystem massively – in 2016 exports of meat reached $5.9 billion and $11.2 billion in dairy products. With many around the world turning to alternative diets and looking for ‘new’ rich-protein sources, with reasons ranging from religious to ethical, and health to environmental cost, now is the time to look at the future of food.
With the potential to realign New Zealand’s agricultural backbone, Creative HQ is working with Lincoln Hub, along with the agri-ecosystem leaders FAR1, AGMARDT2, and Plant & Food Research, to collaboratively explore the space of sustainable resources and diversify our food sources.
1 the Foundation for Arable Research
2 the Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust
Feed the World 2030: Power of Plants is a hackathon with the goal to create a more sustainable agrifood system. Alongside our industry experts, we’re joined by Lincoln University and Callaghan Innovation, as we aim to challenge the status quo and work beyond the current boundaries of food production.
The subject of food presents plenty of complex problems. We’ll be exploring what the future of our food looks like in relation to consumers and environmental farming, processing, and supply systems. This opportunity gives us the chance to cultivate more innovative farming practices and lower the impact on our planet while getting nutrients to the millions. The teams are invited to look into:
- food sourcing – plant-based and other alternatives, more efficient (reduced-waste) resources;
- the supply chain – natural resources, cultivation, farming, food processing
- sustainability – in relation to environmental and economic impact;
- consumer beliefs and health impacts of alternative diets.
We’re looking for agrifood experts, tech innovators, entrepreneurs, food technologists, scientists, and individuals with an interest in food and the repercussions of food on the environment. You’ll organically form teams around areas of interest, and then the cross-pollination of thinking begins!
Over the weekend of 2–3 December, in Christchurch, we look forward to seeing the new ideas and concepts discovered by teams with support from the technology, science, agricultural and innovation spaces.
Is New Zealand ready to take part in this food movement?
Are you ready to take part in the food movement?
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