Humanity is facing a global challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050. If current consumption trends continue, we would need to increase our food supply by 60% at a global scale. Here we have two options, to continue stressing the planet natural resources or we make the whole system more efficient. 30% of worldwide production becomes waste. In wealthy countries, waste is produced at the consumer level. We’re talking the moldy sandwich in your fridge that you never eat. The typical flow of information about food is vertical. Unless you’re going to a restaurant that has been reviewed online, you’ll hear about what food to buy from advertising campaigns. In order get a sense for an alternative to this top-down flow of information, we thought we should take a look at ants. No ant tells another what to do. Instead, ants use one-on-one interaction and pheromone trails that slightly alter the probability that another ant will act a certain way. But when you add up all those small behavioral changes, you get a colony that functions with extremely fine-tuned efficiency. Time and energy spent on foraging are minimized. This is often referred to as an emergent property of ant behavior: individual actions lead to better collective decisions about how the colony finds food, based on the quality, reliability and availability of resources.That’s what we wanted to create with Slant, a platform that allows you to make decisions informed by the decisions of those around you. When you want to purchase a food item, you can open the Slant app and tell it what kind of purchase you’re looking to make. Slant will show you a map that shows the best food sources near you.