The twin horrors of Brexit and climate change mean that society in the UK will need to change rapidly, lest a meltdown - or, at least, a downturn. With some already stockpiling food in the possibility of a no-deal Brexit (Brexit absolutely needs to be fucking stopped - Ed), now seems to be a grimly opportune time to look at how we might improve the way in which we consume food in the future.
Showing at the Roca Gallery in London until 18/05/19, London 2026: Recipes for building a food capital invites visitors to take a look around what might be a less mass-produced, more locally-grown food future. This doesn’t simply mean more polytunnels and the like; it means growing and consuming locally, even in the most urbanised environments.
Developed by environmental agency Department 22, the exhibition features such interesting developments as a floating farm off the Rotterdam coast; a Swedish skyscraper for growing vegetables; and, again in Sweden, making use of roundabouts as insect farms. You know, for eating. Obviously. This might lead to the unintended consequence, of course, of Swindon becoming the UK’s food capital.
The exhibition doesn’t just focus on the macro. A large doll’s house gives visitors insights as to how food production and cultivation might be domestically undertaken in the near future. There are also hydroponics units within the space, showing that - and we use this pun deliberately - that the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
London 2026 is now showing at the Roca London gallery in Fulham; more here.