What We Do
We are a team of scientists, artists, farmers, engineers and experience designers whose aim is to reshape the food system by putting farmers back at the centre of it.
Our drive is to help build an ethical, just and nutritious future!
We conduct laboratory research, run workshops experimenting with and educating on food; support and collaborate with conscious, inquisitive and agro-ecological groups within the food chain; and create thought provoking and engaging exhibitions to regain transparency and trust in our food system.
Our work is all about stimulating discussion, encouraging questions and investigating solutions, we involve as many people as possible in our process as we believe this is the key to building a sustainable food chain.
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Meet The Team
Abi Aspen Glencross
Fondly dubbed 'the meat lady', by day Abi Aspen is a PhD cellular agriculture researcher in the Tissue Engineering and Biophotonics department at King’s College. She predominantly focuses on creating thick bovine muscle tissue to produce ‘steak’.
Her supervisors are Lucy Di-Silvio's of King’s College, UK and Mark Post of Maastricht University, NL. Her research is funded by the US charity New Harvest which supports cellular agricultural projects around the world. Check out her biohere!
A Chemical Engineer by trade, she is a systems thinker and does not view meat as a product but as an intricate web which spreads throughout the food chain. Her everyday drive is a two pronged elimination of industrial farming: De-incentivise the system completely via cellular agriculture and rebuild a better food system with Future Farm Lab.
While not researching Abi really enjoys: redefining the 'nerd' image; delving into the world of unconventional grains; blurring the lines between art and science; and cooking with offal.
Sophie works by day in advertising and by night as a freelance science writer, where she focusses on questioning and exploring everyday science that goes by unnoticed.
Sophie’s passion for science communication arose while she was studying Biology at Oxford. Here, she became Editor in Chief of the science magazine, Bang!, where she spearheaded the popular ’Women in Science’ themed issue.
Like the rest of the team, Sophie is passionate about communicating the environmental importance of food sourcing to unsuspecting members of the public. In particular, Sophie's interests are ocean health and the effect of fishing trends as well as soil health and farming practice.
Check out her website here.
Phoebe is the plant and algae expert of the crew. Her passion for restoring the food system and finding a symbiotic relationship between new technology and old wisdom stems from growing up with roots in Hungary, where her family grew almost entirely all of their fruit and vegetables.
After completing her undergraduate degree in Plant and Microbial Sciences at University of Cambridge, she… worked at a life science consultancy, lived on a sustainable farming community in Laos, worked on a rice farm, and now works in a algae synthetic biology lab at Imperial College London.
During her time at Imperial she got involved in creative forms of education and creating science workshops that inspire and excite people of all ages.
She is a futurist, and utopian, and loves imagineering a more beautiful future world. Her projects include giving workshops around the world with 225 Academyand help re-define the way we work with IO Collective. She writes a blog, which can be found here.