Currently, the food value chain accounts for about one third of primary energy demand globally. Production, washing, processing, packaging, to name just a few elements, are linked via transport and supported by large-volume storage and cold storage facilities with all its fossil fuel consumptions. The implosion of the food value chain creates positive externalities. With every square metre of food production on land already sealed, we leave somewhere at least 120 m² of the remaining natural area with all its services to the world. This is the design task, it must be visualized and made transparent. The translation of structural elements into spatial experiences, facilitate an understanding and fascination for the essence of the Neolithic Revolution.
Transparency in this context must be seen from two perspectives: First, in the consumer’s ability to establish contact with the producer again and the spatial presence of the imploded food value chain between and from sweating to masticating by making all structural units of the food value chain visible.
Visualisation, perception, and experience leads to understanding. There is an exploding pool of examples of successful implementations of urban- and/ or vertical farming projects ready to inspire or waiting to be copied. Subsequently generating trust and impact. This is a call to free riders hopping up on frontrunner cities.
All these factors individually hold potential to counter not only climate change. The interplay of these creates synergy potentials and achieves an exponentially growing positive effect. Quantifiable and measurable. One of the strengths of Homo Sapiens is cooperation - beyond the tribal affiliation of 150 individuals. We have many systemic changes behind us. The re-integration of production into the urban environment right into the heart of the city, holds great potential to relieve the current agricultural system and make it more socially equitable. Get rid of the fear of complexity and stop the search for the seemingly simple solution.