For the first time in history, there are more people living in urban than in rural areas. As the global population heads towards 9 billion, two-thirds of this figure is expected to live in cities by 2050. Food production will have to increase by 60% but shifting weather patterns bringing about climate events is predicted to affect our food supply.
Hong Kong exemplifies urban food insecurity, the city is 100% urban, and spends 4.4% of its GDP to import over 90% of the food it consumes and disposes 3648 tonnes of it a day into landfills, while 1.3 million people face food insecurity. Similar to the global phenomenon, this situation demonstrates the inefficiency of our food system which produces both waste and hunger.
In this talk, I will be moving between fiction and science fiction; utopic and dystopic futures to cover the urgent question of food security that we all face. I will invite you to join me at the table for a meal that would survive the apocalypse. I will cover technologies that have saved us from similar situations in history, and look to the future where we could become more resilient.
Daisy is an Assistant Professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University where she teaches and does research on urban food systems and ethical food practices. Her project on food waste is a theoretical and technical undertaking that looks at the potential of networked collective practices. She is the winner of the Fulbright Senior Research Award and undertook her research at MIT’s Urban Risk Lab in 2018-19 during which she developed Breadline, a food rescue web application.
譚迪詩是香港浸會大學的助理教授，她教授及硏究城市食品系統及糧食道德實踐。她的食物浪費項目是一項兼並理論及技術的任務，著眼於網路化集體實踐的潛力。她獲得了Fulbright Senior Research大奬，曾於2018-2019年在美國麻省理工的城市危機實驗室進行硏究，在此期間她開發了糧食救援網路應用程式Breadline。