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By 2050, our planet will be home to nine billion people. In order to feed the world, we need to design a better food system ­ one that reflects that a healthy planet and a sustainable food chain are one and the same. Biomimicry—an approach to innovation that taps into nature-­inspired solutions—can be a catalyst for groundbreaking solutions to big problems in our food system.

 

In order to spark truly disruptive food system innovations, the Biomimicry Institute, in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, is launching a worldwide biomimicry design competition in January 2015. The goal of this competition is to engage and mobilize thousands of students and professionals to tackle food system challenges using biomimicry design solutions.

 

Whether addressing waste, growing methods, pest management, packaging, preservation and distribution, soil quality—or the changing climate—nature offers strategies for solving issues around food and agriculture in innovative ways. Designers, scientists, engineers, students, and more are invited to use biomimicry as a tool to develop new approaches to improving our food system.

 

Participants get access to a collection of biomimicry resources, the chance to be featured in high profile media, advice from experts and mentors, and the opportunity to win up to $10,000 in the design concept round. Ten finalists and select invitees will compete for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation $100,000 “Ray of Hope” Prize, which will be awarded each year to the prototype round winner.

 

 

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Visit http://challenge.biomimicry.org to learn more and register.

 

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