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WUR-students show our food’s future in seven short films

Wageningen students take strides towards the future of our food through premiering seven short creative movies about tomorrow’s food system. In the Stinger dome, on the World Food Centre grounds in the heart of the Foodvalley region, students will travel into the future to the year 2030 and review ten years of nutrition. The event is to take place on 7 December.

In the ‘Future of Food Systems in short films’ assignment of the WUR Student Challenges, students explain how the production, processing and consumption of food have changed after the corona pandemic. They show how ten billion people across the globe can be provided with a healthy and sustainable diet after the pandemic. The most convincing film wins the jury award. 

Our food is produced, processed, transported, sold and bought. These activities influence each other, as well as society and the environment. Consider, for example, the price of food, the farmers’ income, the impact on nature and water use. Across the globe, there are significant differences in access to food, the way people consume food, and how they assess the impact of their behavior on the economy, environment, and society. The corona pandemic increases the need for healthy, safe, affordable and sustainably produced food—an excellent moment to look ahead.

Creative and comprehensible presentations
In presenting their view on the future in a creative and comprehensible 2.5-minute clip, the seven teams were supported by students and teachers of the REDUCATIONS creative academy. The striking Stinger dome, with its fitting slogan ‘How do we feed 10 billion people in 2050?’ is the perfect place to present this food, innovation and creative experience. The dome is part of the World Food Center in Ede.

Vote for the audience prize for best movie
Everyone interested can follow the premiere of the short films, cast their vote and see the Q&A with the expert jury live. The jury is made up of media-advisor Channah Durlacher (WUR), alderman Leon Meijer (Ede municipality), filmmaker Melchert Meijer zu Schlochteren (Greendocs Film & National History Unit NL) and innovation expert Roland van der Vorst (Rabobank). The criteria are content and ‘storytelling’. Viewers at home can vote on their favorite movie, and thus have a say in which film wins the audience award. After the premiere of 7 December, the clips will remain available for viewing online. You can follow the live event through here.

The WUR Student Challenges are part of the ‘Food Security and Valuing Water’ research program, supported by the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Safety. 

For more information:
Wageningen University & Research


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