Strategies for food longevity

Eva van Genuchten, Ingrid Mulder, N. Schaaf

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Abstract

Although food has been circular by nature, the current food supply chain has turned into an unfortunate linear system. The challenges of transitioning towards a sustainable food eco-system requires radical changes and new perspectives, where things are done differently. Starting with related work in the field of design for product longevity, the current work explores the role of design in developing food systems on eco-systemic level that work as efficient as possible, and create a world without waste. Eight local initiatives in Rotterdam have been studied. From the lessons learned, nine strategies were formulated. Although these strategies seem to work well and are promising starting points for innovation, it remains difficult to build sustainable business models around these strategies that can be scaled and sustained. Initiatives oftentimes keep struggling with the current system and finding the proper scale for their business. It can be
concluded that design promises to play an important role in accelerating this transition towards a circular and future-proof food system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPLATE
Subtitle of host publicationProduct Lifetimes And The Environment conference proceedings
EditorsC. Bakker, R. Mugge
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Pages139-143
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)ISBN 978-1-61499-820-4
ISBN (Print)ISBN 978-1-61499-819-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventPLATE 2017: Product Lifetimes and the Environment - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 8 Nov 201710 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameResearch in Design Series
PublisherIOS Press
Volume9
ISSN (Print)1569-7258
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8233

Conference

ConferencePLATE 2017
CountryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period8/11/1710/11/17

Keywords

  • Design for sustainability
  • Emerging initiatives
  • Food
  • Product longevity
  • TransitionS

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