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Project Overview

Our food system has excess complexity preventing information or nutrients to cycle between consumers and producers. Thus, consumers do not feel the effect of their purchasing choices and producers do not get nutrients returned to the soil once it is harvested and sold. Our goal was to bridge the disconnect between consumers and producers through education and filling a gap in knowledge, while simultaneously closing a material loop by returning nutrients to the soil. We achieved this goal with our design of Connect-Food. Connect-Food is a business that facilitates how information and material is transmitted within a local food system. Through maintaining an effective informational feedback system and cycle of nutrients, local communities will be more resilient for the future. We recognized that our food system is structurally not sustainable, so Connect-Food is a revised system rather than a product to insert into our current system. We looked at nature's system's level strategies and sought examples in nature to answer additional problems as they arose within our design. Thus, Connect-Food is not inspired by a lone example in nature, but instead is a combination of several strategies of nature. We mimicked the network relationship between mycelium and plants, the co-location of resources in flowers, the effect of altering water flows by beavers and the efficiency of the circulatory system in transporting two materials. Connect-Food is a combination of an online food database and an efficient truck system. The online database educates and tightens the feedback loop within local communities regarding the impact of purchases on their local producers. The truck system creates a physical cycle of nutrients further linking the consumers to producers by transporting both food and food waste, increasing the efficiency of truck transit. Connect-Food will alter communities relationship to the land and each other.