To avoid having brought millions of tonnes of food and ingredients into the city each day, vertical farming will take a central place in urban food provisioning.
Green conquers the cities. City rooftops will be transformed into parks. Buildings will combine habitation and lush gardens. Renewable energy and smart water recycling will encourage us all to live better.
Underground spaces and basements will be converted into low-energy, low-nutrition spaces to grow vegetables and plant-based ingredients. Special lighting gives the plants what they need.
3D shapes our foods
3D printing will give shape to any flavour and texture. What’s currently impossible to mould, bake, cook or shape, will soon become reality.
Edible food packaging
Natural preservation techniques such as fermentation and sun-drying will gain popularity in food preservation. Natural bacteria will help preserve food better and will protect it against decay.
Nature and technology help reduce food waste
Packaging can be a delicious part of a dish as is proven by Harvard professor Edwards. Fully edible food wrappers will become widespread. And science will contribute to reducing waste from packaging.
Harvest your own honey
To welcome the bees back into the cities, apartment inhabitants with no backyards will have mobile beehives they can attach to their windowpanes. The honey comes for free.
Since retail and restaurant spaces will become smaller, more and more food concepts will become mobile – to be consumed on the go. To quote Tom Vierhille from Datamonitor: ‘The most successful ones will be those that can be eaten without utensils.’
In Futropolis multiple disciplines will come together to cross-fertilise and create new experiences. Food too, will be influenced and inspired by art, science, design and technology.