Using Biomimicry to Redesign the Food System

Using Biomimicry to Redesign the Food System
307-agrigaia-agrigaia-irrigation-system970px
(Photo credit: AgriGaia)

Eating is our most intimate relationship with nature. Every time we take a bite of food there is an ecological, economic and social consequence. Food and all its associated activities – growing, processing, distributing, retailing, etc. – impact the environment more than any other human endeavor.

Bioneers, for 27 years, has been at the forefront of promoting innovative ideas and practices for developing a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. Bioneers can trace its origins to Seeds of Change and the Native Scholars Program, which worked with indigenous farmers to help conserve traditional cultural practices and seed stocks. Later on, we designed a blueprint for a statewide healthy food system with the Dreaming New Mexico project. Today, we are proud to be hosting the Biomimicry Institute’s Global Design Challenge for Food Systems Innovation at this year’s Bioneers conference.

Transforming the dominant food system will require a reframing of how we view nature. The industrial perspective, which sees nature as an antagonist, has resulted in failed solutions that cause waste, toxicity, malnourishment and degradation of the very resources on which agriculture depends. However, viewing nature instead as a cooperative, intelligent and generous partner opens up new pathways of possibility.

Janine Benyus, the brilliant biologist who developed the concept of Biomimicry, said, “The Biomimicry Revolution introduces an era based not on what we can extract from nature, but on what we can learn from her.”

But how does that help fix the broken food system?

Fortunately for all of us, Janine is not only asking that question, but also challenging others to work with the inquiry: “How would nature solve this?” At the 2016 Bioneers Conference, the Biomimicry Institute will award the $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation “Ray of Hope” Prize to the most innovative biomimetic design to achieve global food security. The brilliance of grassroots, creative, nature-inspired design will be shared and placed into the intellectual commons to inspire and catalyze change. This honor is just one of this year’s not-to-be-missed events covering the intersection of Biomimicry and food systems.

Latest Media

This is your last chance to purchase discounted tickets to the 2018 Bioneers Conference before prices increase for good.
[wpdevart_countdown text_for_day="Days" text_for_hour="Hours" text_for_minut="Minutes" text_for_second="Seconds" countdown_end_type="time" end_date="17-09-2018 23:59" start_time="1537213426" end_time="15,11,13" action_end_time="hide" content_position="center" top_ditance="10" bottom_distance="10" ][/wpdevart_countdown]
Time is Running Out!
Thousands are gathered right now for the 2018 Bioneers Conference in California. And you're part of the community too - the inspiration and solutions found at Bioneers extend far beyond our annual event! Join thousands upon thousands more by signing up for our email list! You'll receive weekly messages from our community of worldwide innovators and problem solvers, sharing their work and how you can be involved in their efforts. Turn inspiration into action with Bioneers.
PGlmcmFtZSB3aWR0aD0iNTYwIiBoZWlnaHQ9IjMxNSIgc3JjPSJodHRwczovL3d3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbS9lbWJlZC9QVGpIRnJjYzFSQT9zdGFydD03JmNvbnRyb2xzPTAmc2hvd2luZm89MCIgZnJhbWVib3JkZXI9IjAiIGFsbG93ZnVsbHNjcmVlbj48L2lmcmFtZT4=
We’re living in a thriller that only reality could write. The challenges we face are daunting. But hope is within reach. Bioneers throughout the world are digging in and creating big solutions. The Bioneers network of innovators is vast, and a mighty portion of that network will be joining us at Bioneers 2018 in just a week and a half.

Join us, hear from those who are uncovering Pathways Forward, and be inspired.