My guest today is Mie Tingsager Nielsen whose relationship to design and sustainability is expansive. She is a sustainable business advisor at Closed Loop and the manager of The Fabric Source, a sustainable textile library with more than 2,000 sustainable fabrics from more than 200 suppliers around the world that is focused on showcasing the latest and most innovative materials that can be applied across the fashion and textile industry. Join us as we discuss the world of farming fabrics and how textiles made from crops like cotton and hemp are not so different from the agricultural commodities we grow, harvest, and eat.
Climate change is warming the Nordics making it increasingly possible to produce wine commercially. Recently, the New York Times published a front page article exploring the budding scene of wine makers who see the Nordics as the next frontier. My guest is Betina Newberry who was featured in the article and owns Denmark’s largest vineyard, Dyrehøj Vingaard, along with her brother. This episode is full of insights on what it takes to produce wine in the Nordics and how the industry is developing as Betina shares her entrepreneurial journey.
- 1:40 How the vineyard started
- 5:00 Lessons learned in starting a Danish vineyard
- 14:50 How climate change is changing the wine scene
- 18:30 The taste of Nordic wine
- 24:50 The future of wine making
Malena Sigurgeirsdóttir is the co-founder of Wholi Foods, which was one of the first European companies to produce products with insect protein. Their portfolio includes snack bites, crisp bread, protein bars, and an insect-based meat alternative, which premiered at Roskilde Festival.
In this episode, you’ll hear how insects are tiny, but mighty, able to fight poverty, boost nutrition, reduce pollution, and combat climate change. Malena gives us the inside scoop on how they solved her own health issues and why soon they may not feel like such a novel food.
- 4:30 The avocado of insects
- 5:15 How Wholi Foods was started
- 12:40 Insects vs beef in taste, sustainability, and nutrition
- 18:50 Vegans, vegetarians, and flexitarians take on insects
- 29:10 Why the western world needs insects in their diet
Alexandra Genis is an artist and the principal designer at TAS2R, a Food Design Studio in Berlin propagating Gastro-Intestinal Science-Fiction. She uses food as a biochemical and visual tool to transmit challenging ideas about ecology, innovation and science. Her projects seek to reframe human perception around what an edible substance is as well as challenge our consumption behaviors. In this episode, we look at the power of art and design to realize new possibilities.
- 1:20 The Atoma project (see visual), turning individual molecules into spices
- 5:20 The complexity of flavor and the limits of what we can taste
- 12:40 The importance of artificial foods in a post-agricultural age
- 25:30 Other design / art projects Alexandra’s worked on
- 28:30 Vision for the future food system
This podcast was recorded live at the Future of Food Hackathon in Riga, Latvia and is supported by the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture. For more conversation, join our community on Instagram and hear more episodes at www.nordicfoodtech.io.
Dr. Mikelis Grivins is a senior researcher at the Baltic Studies Centre, a research institute focused on studying sustainable rural and regional development, agro-food systems, farming and innovations. We dive in Dr Grivins work on alternative food networks, foraging, and wild foods across Europe. We also discuss similarities and differences between the Nordic and Baltic food systems. There’s lots of food for thought in this episode as we explore history, philosophy, regulation, black markets, and new perspectives.
- 2:30 Overview of The Baltic Food System and how it has evolved
- 8:30 Why alternative food systems are important
- 20:00 4 types of foragers across Europe
- 30:50 Exploitation, transparency & regulation in the wild food market
- 50:40 The Nordics-Baltic food system and why collaboration is important
This podcast was recorded live at the Future of Food Hackathon in Riga, Latvia and is supported by the Nordic Council of Minister’s Office in Latvia. For more conversation, join our community on Instagram and hear more episodes on www.nordicfoodtech.io.
My guest is Raz Godelnik Assistant Professor of Strategic Design and Management at the Parsons School of Design New School where he is exploring new business models and design solutions. In this episode, we discuss the DEFT framework, which provides a model for designing and implementing climate solutions.
Raz is also the co-founder of two green startups – Hemper Jeans and Eco-Libris. He is involved with sandbox Zero where he develops sustainable business models, climate action, and sustainability-as-unusual tools and frameworks. He holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University and a BA in Communication and Economics from the Hebrew University.
- 1:10 Overview of the DEFT Framework
- 5:12 How to shift values, beliefs, and attitudes
- 9:50 The importance of affordability, delight, and meaning
- 17:10 Translating solutions into stories
- 19:15 Vision for the future food system
For a millennia, the Inuit people have managed to survive off the land of Greenland, an extreme Arctic environment. Assistant Professor Aviaja Lyberth Hauptmann has been conducting a two-year postdoc on the Greenlandic Diet Revolution, which looks at the microbiomes of traditional Greenlandic foods, an almost exclusively animal-based diet.
Aviaja’s work encompasses culture, climate change, nutrition, microbiology, biotech, big industry, and politics. Full of fascinating insights, this conversation will get you thinking about what health really means for humans and the planet and how the two can and can’t be connected. It’s also an important conversation to consider how vulnerable communities fit in to our global climate solutions.
- 5:20 Overview of diet, traditions, and culture
- 10:20 Why a plant-based diet is causing problems in Greenland
- 26:00 Vision for the future food system
- 30:30 How Arctic micro-organisms create big business opportunities beyond oil & gas
- 38:00 Wisdom collected from nature and the Inuits
Join our community on Instagram and find more episodes at www.nordicfoodtech.io. Lastly, Aviaja would love to work with top chefs on how the fascinating and rare fermented foods of Greenland could be used to gain new sorts of taste. If you’re a chef listen in at 35:50 for instructions on how to get in touch!
Charlotte Aschim is CEO and Co-Founder of the Norwegian startup TotalCtrl, which makes food waste prevention software for grocery stores, hotels, and restaurants. Charlotte has been named one of Europe’s most inspiring food waste change makers, one of the top 80 Norwegian leaders under 35, and is a European Green Capital Ambassador. Total Ctrl is looking to integrate with other software companies food management solutions so if you’re in that space, get in touch! in this episode, we also cover:
- 1:40 How Total Ctrl works
- 6:00 Players in difference in the food loss and food waste space
- 14:50 How regulation is affecting the space
- 16:00 The Norwegian food scene
- 21:25 Vision for the future and desired collaborations
K Group is the 2nd biggest grocery retailer in the Finnish market. They’ve been celebrated for being the most sustainable trading sector company in the world by World Economic Forum and are the only Finnish company to have made it on the list every year since 2005.
Despite this achievement, K Group has struggled to communicate the responsibility they’ve taken around their business practices to consumers. In this conversation, we speak with Customer Insight Director Heidi Jungar to explore how Kesko has approached this challenge including what sustainability in retail means to them, how they are taking responsibility, and what grocery shopping will look like in the future.
- 11:00 K Group’s sustainability and conservation programs
- 14:25 Insights around what drives consumer buying decisions towards sustainability
- 19:10 How K Group gives customers their data back
- 21:10 K Group’s vision for the future grocery store
- 36:00 Vision for future food system
Since 2010, Södertälje Municipality in Sweden has served public school lunches that are healthy for students and the planet. The initiative is known as Diet for a Green Planet.
Our guest today is Sara Jervfors who is the Head of the Diet Unit in Södertälje Municipality and an architect of the system. We talk about what a diet for a green planet is, how more municipalities could transform their lunches to meet these parameters, what incentives are missing to encourage such a diet, and how parents and kids have responded.
- 4:30 Details of the program
- 11:50 How kids vs parents respond to new food initiatives
- 15:40 The ripple effect on the community
- 18:30 What’s missing to revive local food ecosystems
- 23:50 The role of politicians
This episode is part of Taste the Transition, a series of lunch conversations during the COP25 climate negotiations highlighting individuals taking climate action through food. Tell us your vision for the food system on www.nordicfoodtech.io/answer or by using the hashtag #NordicClimateAction