What is a food system?
A food system has been defined by the UN as a “system that embraces all the elements (environment, people, inputs, processes, infrastructure, institutions, markets, and trade) and activities that relate to the production, processing, distribution, and marketing, preparation, and consumption of food and the outputs of these activities, including socio-economic and environmental outcomes.”
The task at hand
This year’s BarnRaise challenge is co-designing sustainable food systems. By understanding food waste as a critical path to reduce environmental impact and inefficient financial investments, as well as a means for promoting social innovation, BarnRaise will become a platform for imagining a sustainable future for Chicago food systems.
Over a decade ago, Institute of Design students created a platform to engage the broader design community. Their annual Design Research Conference (DRC) bought together professionals advancing the role of design research in innovation.