Energy in Food Transport

2023 SS

„Energy in Food Transport“ explores the complexities of food systems and supply chains, revealing the hidden energy costs behind the transport of our daily groceries.

Many grocery store fruits and vegetables come from distant countries, even when similar produce grows near Vienna. To promote local over imported choices, Steffi and Lisa’s project “Energy in Food Transport”, presents a cleverly designed hand-powered vending machine. This machine compares two similar food items from different origins. Buyers crank a handle to retrieve their choice, but the farther the food’s origin, the more effort required—making energy costs frustratingly palpable. Supplemental packaging offers additional information, enhancing the user’s experience and takeaway knowledge.

  

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