Back to a local food system

Back to a local food system

Life in the cities has led to a progressive disconnection with the countryside and its resources. People in cities developed a detached relation with food, seen as one of the many goods that can be bought in shops. Recently there is a growing interest in producing and buying organic and low impact food, but the globalised market makes it more expensive and less convenient. A change in habits and in the market itself is needed to make food consumption more local, seasonal, careful, healthy and sustainable.

Describe the co-design process and the intended participants. What sectors or groups do they represent and why are they invited?

The lab will be the chance to get two main group of stakeholders, local farmers and citizens, to discuss about the way to improve the local food market. The co-designed process will define the basis of a local market that could be convenient for both the categories and easily implementable in the form of a smartphone application.

Describe the facilitation of the process.

The facilitation will be provided by researchers from SRC and a software developer. The facilitation will be held in the form of a structured dialogue, guided by specific questions with the aim of collecting ideas and guidelines from both sides and translate them into a software application.

What are the potential innovations/prototypes and impact of these?

The creation of a local food network, in the form of a smartphone application, can foster the transition to local production and consumption towards a more local, environmentally friendly and sustainable practice. This network will provide a concrete tool for citizens to have easy access to local produce, that will be cheaper and more convenient then others because directly sold by producers. Local producers will be able to sell directly to citizens, avoiding major costs related to the wholesale distribution and so getting a more fair income to afford a sustainable production system. The prototype network can be reproduced anywhere, so it addresses global problems with a local perspective that can be expanded globally, with the potentiality of dramatically change the global food system.

Stockholm Resilience Centre