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Sustainability at the cutting edge: EIT Food-funded FutureKitchen showcases algae farm with negative emissions in latest VR video

The FutureKitchen video series ‘infotains’ (entertain + informs) about food tech. In May 2020, the EIT Food-funded project launched its latest Virtual Reality video on an innovative algae farm. The video takes viewers on a journey to Iceland to discover how to produce algae, while taking care of our planet.

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These are the innovation’s benefits: - Why Iceland? The country offers geothermal power; at the same time, it is usually cold and easy to cool down the plant’s systems. - The plant is carbon negative. Instead of polluting the environment it releases oxygen. - No sunlight is needed. Everything happens indoors – to have optimal control conditions and be efficient. - Algae is full of nutrients. That is great for animal feed but also for your own meals. The full VR video on algae cultivation is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jkiAiXLzq4 Immerse in the VR experience The algae video is part of a series that explains latest food technologies, supported by EIT Food, Europe’s leading food innovation initiative. It allows people to move around in the lab, the algae farm and its surroundings, meet experts and become part of the food story. “We’ve noticed that young people are very curious about our VR experiences,” said Dr. Holly T. Kristinsson, Consultant for Innovation and Market Analysis at Matis, and Coordinator of the Future Kitchen project. “We want them to learn about food tech, sustainability, entrepreneurship – and make sure they can take informed decisions in the future. In 2020, many of us have to teach and learn from home. The VR experience gets people excited and helps engage them in an important conversation.” The videos keep expanding their interactive features. You can move around at your pace and explore the setting – with VR goggles, inexpensive cardboard goggles or just your phone or computer. Farming in your kitchen, reducing waste, 3D printed food, … In 2019, the series kicked off with a visit to a tomato farm in Iceland: the challenge of low temperatures is overcome by geothermal energy. Other videos explain how to fight food waste with 3D printed seafood or how your own kitchen can look like in the future, showing how to farm in your kitchen and how bread chips & tortillas are reducing food waste. In addition, some skilful chefs share their expertise, teaching how to cook seaweed soup, fish with seaweed and what 3D printed culinary dishes look like. All videos can be watched on FoodUnfolded: https://www.foodunfolded.com/series#future-kitchen-slider Insect food and robotics: more videos across 2020 In 2020, FutureKitchen will cover a variety of other topics, such as insect food, robotics, personalised diets and food mindfulness. All videos are developed in a co-creation process, together with academia, start-ups and industry partners to create an honest and impactful food story. All interested viewers are invited to look into the food-tech platform FoodUnfolded to explore the latest videos and get in touch with the video producers to gather insights or to provide feedback.

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food tech, algae, VR, mircoalgae, education

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