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The future of food at the V&A

From celebrity cheese to pedal-powered tractors, the future of food at the V&A

By Eitan Fox  //  Thu 4th July 2019
If you’ve ever wondered about the future of food and farming, and how we might eat in a more sustainable way, an exhibition at the V&A, Knightsbridge has a few answers.
If you’ve ever wondered about the future of food and farming, and how we might eat in a more sustainable way, an exhibition at the V&A, Knightsbridge has a few answers.

FOOD: Bigger Than the Plate takes visitors on a journey of food invention. Showcasing 70 provocative projects, where artists and designers have worked with chefs, farmers, scientists and communities, it explores the food of the future.

According to the V&A: “This exhibition explores how innovative individuals, communities and organisations are radically re-inventing how we grow, distribute and experience food.

“Taking visitors on a sensory journey through the food cycle, from compost to table, it poses questions about how the choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future in unexpected and playful ways.”

Beginning with food’s inescapable end products, the show delves into the London’s sewers, before looking to the future; a waterless loo which converts waste into energy.

The exhibition explores how food waste can be repurposed into useful products – ‘leather’ made from pineapple leaves and wine bottles created out of grape skins, for example.

You’ll see bags filled with discarded coffee grounds growing oyster mushrooms (to be used in the museum restaurant) and ‘Fallen Fruit’, a display which maps out London’s orchards – the V&A itself was built on the site of a fruit tree nursery.

While factory farming is laid bare, the exhibition looks to the future with innovations that could change the way we grow food. There’s a pedal-powered ‘bicitractor’ and a food computer, which replicates natural conditions, enabling crops to be grown in unexpected places.

The show explores new ways of creating food too. The sausage of the future is revealed alongside ‘selfmade’ cheeses, grown from the bacteria of celebrities; chef, Heston Blumenthal and Blur’s Alex James.

The exhibition runs until October 2019. Read a review in Time Out.

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