Sunday Papers Live
Apr
16
12:30pm12:30pm

Sunday Papers Live

Sunday Papers Live is a day of talks, walks, performances & feasts that bring the broadsheets to life.

 

FUTURE FARM LAB - Gardening

For Abi and Phoebe life in food super tech seemed pretty peachy. Twentysomething scientists feeling they were creating something necessary for a sustainable food future.

But as they began to get their hands dirty, slowly they have been exposed to a world that is turning theirs upside down. A world where we are loosing our biodiversity, that is rife with food related health issues, where we are continually degrading the land.

Maybe we don’t need to produce more food to feed our growing population. Maybe we can feed the world chemical free. And maybe some of our technology is doing more harm than good.

 

All of a sudden they have started to question the role of the very technology they are working on, and the fundamental reason why they started doing their research. To produce good quality food for people and the environment.

Genetic modification, automated farmers, drones spraying pesticides, even growing meat in the lab.

Is this all really necessary? Is it actually helping or have we gone too far?

And have we forgotten the root of all of our food? The sun, the soil, the seeds. The farmers.

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Paths to Utopia: Our Future on a Plate @ Somerset House
Aug
26
to Sep 11

Paths to Utopia: Our Future on a Plate @ Somerset House

The Full English Breakfast, containing ingredients from many of the major food groups, is a great place to start our food utopia journey. 

When we think of food utopia, we picture a system distinct from our current method of exhausting the soil and her nutrients through intensive farming and petrochemicals. True food utopia involves food production within our means, and a deeper connection to the food and its origin. 

In this series we look at possible sustainable food futures through food photography by exploring how we could replace the components of a Full English Breakfast. All of the aspects of a Full English are static throughout the year - not changing with the seasons or gradual climate adaptations. If we were to incorporate these simple factors into what we ate, we could see a food system that aligns much more closely with the environment in which it’s grown.

We at Future Farm Lab look to revolutionise the food system by putting farmers at the centre of the food chain - through connecting them with retailers, consumers and technology. Considering farming practises at the heart of what we eat will tie us intrinsically to more seasonal ingredients that work with the land rather than against it, and are healthier for us and our society as a result.

Credits:
Photography by Joe Sarah Photography ¦ @joesarahphoto
Curated by Future Farm Lab ¦ @futurefarmlab
Abi Aspen Glencross, Phoebe Tickell, Sophie Perry
Food Stylist: Myles Williamson
Prop Stylist: Freya Cardiff
Graphic Design: Tom Groves

Special thanks:
Jamie and Michael at May Studio ¦ King’s College Cultural Institute ¦ Somerset House ¦ New Harvest ¦ ESRC ¦ All the suppliers

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Shambala Festival 2016
Aug
25
to Aug 28

Shambala Festival 2016

The Boffins hit Shamabala: Adventures in Utopia!

Come in and sit down my dear, are you ready for adventure?

Join the Boffins for a series of interactive foody experiments that will leave you never looking at your plate the same way....

"The Boffins"

3 arty-sciencey nerds united through their love of food, science, nature and art trying to rebuild agriculture through marrying old practices with new technology.

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Secret Garden Party 2016
Jul
21
to Jul 24

Secret Garden Party 2016

Join The Boffins for some extraterrestrial adventures and they explore food from this world and beyond with the awesome Guerilla Science team!

Come and experiment, taste and discuss the future of food, and help us shape the future one bite at a time.

“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” 
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

secretgardenparty.com ¦ guerillascience.org

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RE•WORK Future of Food Summit
Jun
21
9:00pm 9:00pm

RE•WORK Future of Food Summit

The Hub Westminster, London SW1Y 4TE

Discover cutting-edge technologies on the horizon from the world's leading food innovators & practitioners. Learn from experts in emerging technologies such as AI, IoT & Genomics. Hear from Farmers, Chefs, Entrepreneurs & Scientists who are transforming the way we farm, cook & eat!

Join cellular agriculture researcher Abi Aspen Glencross and the Future Farm Lab team on a journey which will unearth the origins of animal agriculture and its impact on our world.

Learn more about the cultured steak project and discover the true potential of creating food from cell culture, rather than animals, as we deconstruct meat and reconstruct it from scratch, one cell at a time..."

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Reading 2016: Tomorrow's Reading
May
7
9:00pm 9:00pm

Reading 2016: Tomorrow's Reading

Green Park Conference Centre, Reading

Oxford Properties is proud to be sponsoring Reading 2050, a month of exploring the future of Reading. This is part of Reading 2016, a year long celebration of Reading's art and culture.

Tomorrow’s Reading is curated by FutureFest, a weekend festival about the future powered by Nesta.

Enjoy a fantastic day of experiences, tastes, sounds and stimulation about the future. It will showcase a range of cutting edge, immersive, participative and fun experiences, alongside some thought-provoking lectures and cutting-edge tech to see and try out.

Immerse yourself in a multi-sensory symphony by BitterSuite, founded by Reading-born composer Stephanie Singer. Engage and join the discussion on cities, health and the environment at the Science Showoff Stage. Taste the treats of tomorrow with Guerilla Science.

Science Showoff Talk: Abi Aspen Glencross 'Future of Food'

Guerilla Science: Future Farm lab and the 'future of animal products'

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The Boffins on food: Crossmodal Gathering
Apr
17
9:00pm 9:00pm

The Boffins on food: Crossmodal Gathering

Join The Boffins as they take to the sensory crowd and set out to shake-up the food system.

Take part in some of their food workshops where they: test the nutritiousness in our veg, re-shape the food plate, aim to establish the role of texture in meat consumption and delve into the future of food and

When you leave you will never view food the same way....

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Future Everything Festival
Apr
1
9:00pm 9:00pm

Future Everything Festival

BASE, Manchester Science Park

FutureEverything is an award-winning innovation lab for digital culture and annual festival, established in Manchester in 1995. For 21 years FutureEverything has been exploring the meeting point of technology, society and culture which lies at the heart of the digital debate. Through a community network and regular events it makes connections between thinkers, developers, coders, artists, designers, urbanists and policy makers – inspiring them to experiment and to collaborate in new ways.

Join cellular agriculture researcher Abi Aspen Glencross and the Future Farm Lab team on a journey which will unearth the origins of animal agriculture and its impact on our world.

Learn more about the cultured steak project and discover the true potential of creating food from cell culture, rather than animals, as we deconstruct meat and reconstruct it from scratch, one cell at a time..."

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Fireside Festival - The Road To Utopia
Mar
4
9:00pm 9:00pm

Fireside Festival - The Road To Utopia

Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Herts SG7 6AR

Imagine a world without government, crime or pollution. Imagine a world where energy is free to all and our streets and cities feel like caring, sharing communities. Imagine a world free of livestock farming, where meat, eggs and milk can instead be cultivated in our own homes. Imagine a world where men finally take a back seat and women are in charge... Hippy nonsense? A mad utopian pipe dream? Or could it be entirely achievable in our lifetime?

 
John Mitchinson (co-creator of QI), Stevyn Colgan (QI elf), David Bramwell (author of The No9 Bus to Utopia), Aspen Glen-Cross (Ph.d cellular agriculture) and Nicole Pohl (editor of Utopian Studies) have explored utopian ideas through their books, community work and scientific research. Tonight they will challenge the popular notion that the world is destined to go to hell in a handcart, in favour of a more optimist vision for the future.
 
Ideas from the audience will be encouraged and debated too.
 
The Road to Utopia will re-invigorate your soul and send you home in the knowledge that it’s going to be ok after all (especially if you buy some books at the end).

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The Catalyst Club
Dec
10
9:00pm 9:00pm

The Catalyst Club

Sunday, February 21, 2016
8:00pm  9:00pm
10th December 2015

Latest Bar Brighton

The Catalyst Club is a unique monthly Brighton event that pays tribute to the old traditions of French Salon, debating societies and Gentleman’s Clubs.

On the night three guest speakers take to the lectern to talk for fifteen minutes on a subject close to their heart.

The Catalyst Club was founded by David Bramwell in 2004, and he continues to host it today.

Abi Aspen Glencross had a chat with the audience about 'Future Farm Lab: Meat the New Meat'.

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