Want to join us?

Are you:

  • interested in food and sustainability?
  • ready for a family-friendly challenge?
  • a household (with or without children) living anywhere in Denmark?

then fill in our short survey here and we will contact you soon!

ReThinking Food:

ReThinking Food is a research project based at The University of Southern Denmark, SDU (Kolding) led by Danielle Wilde. The project uses collaborative citizen science to involve Danish families and households in a quest to grapple with the challenge of changing how we eat. Over three courses – the main course, in Kolding; a free-range course across the whole of Denmark; and Dessert (involving everyone!) – we will work together to try to understand what people in Denmark need to engage with international sustainability advice, and transform our cooking and eating habits to be healthier – for ourselves, our families and households, our planet.

the challenge:

Our eating habits are bound by traditions and daily practices, which can be hard to alter. They have been passed on through generations, but as the world around us is changing, so must we. The way we eat has social, economic and planetary impact. Our global food system impacts all 17 of the UN’s sustainability goals and pressures all nine planetary boundaries for safe human habitation.

As a consumer, you have power to transform our global food system by choosing what you want to eat. Your choices can drive an increase or decrease in the availability of products. This transformation is not an overnight process, nor can it be driven by one individual alone. Large scale, practical solutions are essential. However, big changes start with a first step.

The WWF and Knorrs have published a Future 50 Foods Report. In it, world-leading food and sustainability researchers have identified fifty foods with positive social, environmental, and economic impact. These foods are chosen for their high nutritious level and their ability to foster planetary biodiversity and renewal. The report is a global report. Not all of the foods are available everywhere, and many are unfamiliar to Danish households. It can, therefore, be difficult to incorporate these ingredients into our daily cooking and eating habits

the study:

The aim of the study is twofold: I) to challenge our daily cooking and food habits in Denmark, and II) critically engage with sustainability advice such as the Future 50 Foods Report. There are three courses:

The main course: (THIS COURSE IS FULLY BOOKED) Involves 35 families, who live in Kolding Municipality. They are currently incorporating the Future 50 Foods in their daily cooking; sharing experiments and impressions with the other study participants in a closed facebook group. They will have cooking classes and Q&A’s with food experts; participate in community-based peer review; and at the end of the study, are invited to join the Free-Range participants for dessert, to discuss and debate what we discover.

The free-range course: (STARTING SOON!) We are looking for households of all shapes and sizes from all over Denmark to participate in our free-range course. You will be invited to engage with the Future 50 Foods; receive remote support, activity prompts and access to resources. You will be invited to share your insights and impressions as you try to cook with the 50 future foods, and have community discussion and debate on an open facebook group. Along with participants in the main course, you will have access to cooking classes and Q&A’s with food experts. You will also be invited to the joint event at the end.

Dessert: At the end of the study, a large online event will be open to all, to discuss and debate our impressions and findings. This event will serve as a form of community analysis and peer review, extending the impact of the collaborative citizen science process.

The project has a media partnership with DR Viden and DR Food, who will air supplementary material online and on radio, including interviews with the researchers, families from the Main Course and independent experts, linking the theme to the Free-Range Course

to join:

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