10 January 2020 By Tash Ellens
At the end of last year, we were invited by our friends at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to attend Google Headquarters for the ‘2020 for 2020: Chef Action on Biodiversity’ event. The movement has been initiated by Crop Trust to celebrate better and sustainable ways of cooking and eating. Their focus is on what we might be eating in the future if we embrace some of the fascinating foods yet to break culinary mainstream.
Out of the 30,000 edible plant species around the world we only eat a shocking 150 of those. Only 12 crops provide 80% of our calories, with wheat, rice and maize accounting for 60% of all calories.
The event called upon chefs from all over the world to come together and demonstrate authentic recipes with a diverse range of ingredients. We were able to observe the chefs as they made an array of colourful and unique dishes, introducing us to the use of ‘uncommon’ ingredients and new flavours. Amaranth, Hemp and Kelp were all surprising stars as good nutritional sources for protein, healthy fats and vitamins.
We were also inspired by Lauren Lovatt; her passion and experience for plant-based cooking stood out. Lauren is the founder of Feed Your Mind Candy and a co-founder of Plant Hub & Academy. Along with her team, she uses natural ingredients that are in season to highlight local and sustainable produce. Each dish is created to encompass a range of nutritional needs that support our overall health and spark conversations around uncommon ingredients and ideas.
Food Forever is more than just an event, it’s an initiative that addresses biodiversity in our food systems and in the way we conserve and grow crops. Climate change, along with population growth are big contributors in challenging our natural resources, therefore we should all be invested in encouraging and making changes to create more resilient food systems. For us at Alitex, we believe that using your own garden is the perfect environment to start experimenting with food production, using plant bio-diversity, encouraging wildlife and pollination.
Food Forever’s goal is to encourage everyone, whether professional bodies, individuals or businesses, to become Food Forever Champions. Find out how you can get involved here.