[Update in Progress]
The OpenAg Future
Inspired by the OpenAg Initiatives, the OpenAg Future is a new proposal for our food system that builds upon:
1) the collaboration of open-field and urban farming
2) a direct sourcing network comprises of independent farmers
3) transparency and Traceability
Things I've learned/done:
Research: Identified roadblocks to the current food system by investigating four key components: climate, farmers, biotechnology, and consumers. Research methods included field studies, generative tools, and expert interviews.
Digital Farming: In-depth research on the impacts of emerging technologies in the food industry. Identified the urgent needs and obstacles to transition agriculture to digital phase.
Prototype a food computer: Built a prototype of Personal Food Computer to understand the potential and know-how of this controlled environment growing chamber. The learning is further integrated into this new proposal of the open-source food system. (Thanks for the resource from OpenAg Community!)
The New User Experience: Developed a new sustainable food system that empowers independent organic farmers and engages urban consumers. A new user experience design was created which includes the service flow and interface.
Speculative Storytelling: A future dinner table that uses speculative design to imagine what kind of food will be served in 2025. Reflecting on core research findings, the food represents two futures: industrialized farming (the current trajectory) versus open-source agriculture.