For the next two years, the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge will focus on food systems and who better to tackle this challenge then a team of permaculturists and biomimics! Tonight, February 12th, at 9 pm a Kickoff webinar is being hosted to cover the details of the challenge and we are hosting a brainstorming potluck on Friday, February 20th beginning at 6:30 pm at our location on McDonald Farm (10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville). Come and share your ideas for how we can design a better food system that is innovative and nature inspired!
"Food. It's not just the way we fuel our bodies, but perhaps the most intimate way we interact with our environment. Everything we eat comes from nature, and begins as something growing on land or at sea. While our food is rooted in a vast chain of ecological relationships, it's also part of an increasingly complex and problematic system of our own design. It's a system that has resulted in depleted soils, landfills full of packaging waste and uneaten food, and dependence on expensive inputs, like chemical fertilizers—all while nearly 1 billion people go hungry every day. From seed (or sea) to table and everywhere in between, there's a lot we need to improve."
"The good news is that healthy ecosystems are models of abundance, fertility, and resiliency, and taking cues from nature can help us make the improvements we need. Whether addressing waste, growing methods, pest management, packaging, preservation and distribution, soil quality, or a changing climate, nature offers innumerable strategies for solving issues around food and agriculture in innovative ways. And nature does so while supporting biodiversity and minimizing water use, energy use, and waste."
"The Global Challenge features two entry categories: an open category and a student-only category. All participants get access to our Design Challenge Toolbox and supporting resources, including sessions with mentors and biomimicry professionals. Those who submit to our design concept rounds are eligible to win substantial cash prizes, as well as additional business incubation support and the opportunity to compete in the prototype round. The winner of the annual prototype round will receive the Ray
C. Anderson Foundation’s $100,000 “Ray of Hope” Prize."
- The entry must involve a technology, product, service, or process that addresses a challenge related to improving the food system.
- The entry must show a clear connection between a biological mechanism, process, pattern, or system, and the technological solution submitted; i.e., the solution must emulate a natural model(s).
- Entries must describe an entirely new solution and represent a given team’s unique work and intellectual property.
"There will be two opportunities to submit design concepts over the course of the Food Systems theme; the first submission deadline is August 3, 2015, and the second will be in April 2016."
(Original source Biomimcry Global Design Challenge website)