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Unintended Consequence

What happens when we try to steal age old practices without much thought?

The video below was created as a critical and cautionary response to the latest United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization document promoting Entamophagy—the act of eating insects. As a solution to solving the challenges of hunger and food security, the strategy seems profound and convincing, but may not be the best answer to a complex system like food. 

Food and food culture are unquestionably tied directly to our environment and ecological balance; our food system impacts both at a personal as well as global level. But the food industry has grown to bear little resemblance with natural food or ways of eating, and the amount of waste generated in food production and distribution is ever-increasing.

Introducing a new species of protein—insects—as replacement for other sources may prove to be an unwise step. This video illustrates potential futures and impacts by comparing the introduction of insects with the historical reality of the introduction of shrimp to western cultures. All the facts in the video are a collected evidence from various sources [ Tristum StuartHungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives, etc] illustrating the same. 

Designers need to have a more deliberate and responsible role in this world. They create products, change the way things work and alter behaviors, but all of these can have vast implications. This project aims to bring thoughtfulness and contemplation into our solutions. It talks about precedent and learning from our previous actions. Designers need to listen to history as much as talking about the future.