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the problem

By 2050, the global population will reach almost 10 billion.

To meet food demand in 2050, dramatic changes must be made to food production and consumption.

Current food production systems and the diets they deliver are the #1 cause of preventable death.

The #1 cause of greenhouse gas emissions.

And use 70% of fresh water, amidst droughts and water scarcity increasing globally.


The vision

In 2019, The Rockefeller Foundation announced the Food System Vision Prize. An initiative to seek out and highlight visions for improving the global food systems and addressing our planet's biggest challenges.

Over 1,300 submissions from 4,000 organizations spanning 119 countries were received.

10 were selected.

These are the visions chosen to light the way to a better 2050 . . .

Project

Stone Barns
stonebarns

Location

Hudson Valley, New York

Runtime

7 minutes

Synopsis

Modern agriculture prioritizes mass production over all else. Too often quality, sustainability, and human connection to the land are lost in our current industrialized food system. In the Hudson Valley of New York, chef-in-residence Johnny Ortiz and Preservation Labs Director Cortney Burns reimagine modern agriculture through traditional farming techniques and a renewed relationship to the land’s regional cuisine.

Project

7Gen
7gen

Location

Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota

Runtime

6 minutes

Synopsis

After the mass slaughter of the buffalo and the forced relocation of the Sicangu Lakota people onto reservations, their once abundant land has become a food desert. Traditionally a hunter-gatherer tribe, the Sicangu Lakota tribe is starting a new tradition by restoring their food system through the Food Sovereignty Initiative. The Initiative empowers regional food entrepreneurs to learn sustainable practices such as seed breeding, regenerative farming, indigenous recipes, and sustainable buffalo harvesting.

Project

Mama's Kitchen
mamas-kitchen

Location

Dali, China

Runtime

6 minutes

Synopsis

In China, increased consumption of meat and processed food has led to a significant decline in public health. At Mama’s Kitchen in Dali, China, the modern diet is being reimagined to a vision for a plant-forward future. Focusing less on meat/animal products and providing a path toward a diet of sustainably grown crops is only the beginning.

Project

Lima 2035
lima2035

Location

Lima, Peru

Runtime

7 minutes

Synopsis

In Lima, Peru, two million people lack access to clean drinking water and fresh produce. Wealth inequality magnifies the effects of an already struggling food system. By building fog catchers, rooftop gardens, and reimagining public spaces, people can be empowered to build a better food future. A vision for a brighter future starts with addressing problems of necessity.

Project

Re-rooting the Dutch Food System
re-rooting-the-dutch-food-system

Location

The Netherlands

Runtime

7 minutes

Synopsis

Modern-day consumers have become disconnected from how their food is made. In The Netherlands, consumers are reconnecting to the agricultural process by visiting farms, growing their own food, and purchasing from sustainable sources. A vision for a more ethical and environmentally conscious food system requires a transparent connection to food itself.

Project

FoodNerve
foodnerve

Location

Lagos, Nigeria

Runtime

7 minutes

Synopsis

Nigeria is one of the fastest-growing countries in the world. Such rapid growth has led to an agricultural system unable to keep up, leading to simultaneous issues of malnutrition and food waste. Visionaries in Lagos are using solar panels to power urban farming and have created an online produce exchange platform to guide their city, and their country, to a more sustainably nourished future.

Project

A Place of Cool Waters
a-place-of-cool-waters

Location

Nairobi, Kenya

Runtime

8 minutes

Synopsis

In Nairobi, Kenya, almost half of impoverished children are malnourished; their parents unable to afford produce from the markets. By expanding urban farming through education, and increased access to seeds and high-quality soil, fresh produce will become accessible to everyone in Nairobi.

Project

kwayeskastasowin wâhkôhtowin
kwayeskastasowin-wahkohtowin

Location

Saskatchewan, Canada

Runtime

8 minutes

Synopsis

In Canada’s Treaty Four Territory, indigenous peoples’ systems of agriculture were destroyed by colonization. Now, indigenous people and settlers work together to decolonize the food system and work towards indigenous food sovereignty through regenerative, organic methods of farming and youth education.

Project

Arakunomics
arakunomics

Location

Araku, Wardha and New Delhi, India

Runtime

10 minutes

Synopsis

In the Araku Valley of India, farming became an unsustainable and unprofitable way of life. A new system of agricultural economics, “Arakunomics,” promotes regenerative farming practices and pays farmers upfront for their crops, ensuring a sustainable and profitable future for all.

Project

Eat Right India
eat-right-india

Location

New Delhi, India

Runtime

8 minutes

Synopsis

With over four million food businesses registered in India, it is almost impossible to regulate food health and safety. The initiative ‘Eat Right India’ offers a bold take on this seemingly impossible challenge: drive India toward a nourishing and sustainable food future. This is accomplished by increasing access to food safety education and clearly labeling healthy food options, empowering India’s 1.4 billion consumers to choose a better future.