FUTURE OF FOOD, SCHRÖDINGERS CAFFE
Last week at Green Lab we hosted the first ever Schrödingers Caffe event, The Future of Food, run by Hasmita Chavda.We were thrown head first into the world of insects with Indroneel Chatterjee teaching us about the potential these little critters have in the future of our food security.
With more protein per gram than beef we were quick to learn the logical side of the argument, so Neel took to challenging our emotional side and we were pushed to question how these bugs may be made more acceptable and desirable to us in the future.
After sampling some of the (erhum) delicious insects currently available to buy, we washed this down with a cold brew and gin cocktail, conjured up by Mac’s Cafe.
Next was the discussion of how to grow food in urban environments with our own Ande Gregson, looking at how much of an impact urban farming will have on our future and the future of our food. At Green Lab we are exploring new technologies and ideas to grow food whilst also revisiting our ancestors more in depth knowledge of the land and what we can expect from it. We saw how the Lab itself is an urban farming experiment, with a group of imaginators testing ways to farm in our own urban Bermondsey environment.
Taking inspiration from one of Green Labs newest crop experiments we ended the night with Mac’s Cafe spirulina and ginger shots, a boost of protein and spice.
OUR SECOND EVENT OF THE WEEK – AN INTRODUCTION TO URBAN AQUAPONICS
John Katona also hosted our first urban aquaponics event at the Lab with Edible Lambeth. We saw an eager group of Londoners come to learn all things fish and greens.
Kicking of with a discussion on the potential of aquaponics, John then demonstrated how to grow your own food using fish waste and a water recirculating system. Using low cost equipment and recycled materials the group learnt how to source, design and build a system for their own home or garden, with one participant planning to do just that – ‘A well put together workshop, covering the many facets of aquaponics. I’m off to find some barrels.’
With more workshops in the pipeline we hope to see homemade aquaponics systems popping up all over the city in the future.
Look out for future events at Green Lab for both Schrödingers Caffe and aquaponics…
Register your interest here.