Food Tech 3.0 Gitbook

Welcome to the Food Tech 3.0 Gitbook.

A glimpse of the near future

The year is 2030. You wake up and head to the kitchen for breakfast: toast with olive oil, fresh basil, tomatoes. After putting the bread you bought from the local bakery into your solar-powered toaster, you head over to the windowsill where several plants are growing vertically along the window. You harvest some basil and 1 or 2 tomatoes and check the environmental sensor in the planter boxes. Noting the humidity levels are low, you add some water. After finishing your breakfast, any scraps from the preparations are tossed into your mini-vermicomposter, some fresh food for the worms where they’ll break it down into rich fertilizer that you’ll add back into your planters. On your way out to work, you pass by the apartment building’s community greenhouse, where other vegetables are growing hydroponically and are collectively cared for by the building’s tenants. The building stores rainwater that is used in the irrigation system while rooftop solar panels power grow lamps.
Once in the street, you pass by the neighborhood kitchen, which is already busy for the day. Students are learning about fermentation and preparing vegetables to ferment following traditional techniques while others are preparing kidney bean and mycorrhizae mixtures that will ferment into tempeh in the kitchen’s fermentation chambers. Meanwhile, the kitchen’s head gardener waves at you from the rooftop, where they are taking care of the kitchen’s raised bed gardens. Volunteers are preparing tiles for the kitchen space using crushed sea and lobster shells, which were collected from local restaurants.
You turn left out of your street and continue on your way to work.

Welcome to the Food Tech 3.0 Gitbook

What is this resource?

This is a living resource that compiles inspirations, learnings, examples, and further conversations around food technology that was generated through Fab Lab Barcelona’s participation in the Horizon 2020 European Union project, FoodSHIFT2030.
The purpose of this gitbook is to share a vision for food technology which places citizens at the center.

Who is this resource for?

For individuals: we hope this resource serves to help you imagine a present in which food technology is an accessible asset you can use to produce, consume and recycle food yourself.
For communities: we hope it can serve as an entry point for connecting you to food technology that might meet your needs.
For food technology makers: we hope it gives you ideas on how you might engage with tenets of food citizenship and citizen-driven innovation, open source, holistic sustainability, justice and equity and working ecosytsemically.
Finally, for Fab Labs, makerspaces & Fab Cities: we hope it helps you understand the potential role our spaces can play in advancing food technology for a food system transition

A note

Throughout the GitBook, we frequently use "we" and "our"-- we are referring to the Food Tech 3.0 team at Fab Lab Barcelona :)