A Speculative Design project
In this Speculative Design project, I worked out the scenario of a “Great Plant Extinction”. In a scenario devised for 2018, I let all plants die from a germ and developed the idea for the fictitious, synthetic food "SynthNutri", which is distributed by SynthNutri-Laboratories - a dominant global company that supplies the entire western world with food.
It started with a resistant germ that had infested fields and crops. He soon switched to robust ferns and grasses. In the end, all plants were affected.
The animals died with the plants. At first, the insects and herbivores succumbed to the effects of the germ, and carnivores followed only a little later.
Large biospheres were built for the study of the germ and for the preservation of the remaining plants. Most of the money went into the development of alternative food.
From then on, the military took over state security and rationed food. There were just too many people for too little food.
The loss of the forests had even worse consequences. The climate changed.
The climate change brought bad devastation with which man could hardly assert himself.
Life in the cities became more drastic - crime, violence and hunger were the order of the day.
The poor countries of the world lost the fight against the germ. Where they were already suffering from famines before the plants died, they now had no chance to assert themselves against this threat.
By converting chains of petroleum molecules, researchers developed a protein-rich granulate that could keep mankind alive and provide basic care.
From then on, the biosphere cities grew larger and adapted to the new conditions.
After long research, the scientist Robert E. Fassbender succeeded in revolutionizing the monotonous granulate food, which was considered impossible for a long time.
So people got to know tastes again after years and experienced food as something beautiful and tangible, not something that only serves to survive.
a food that brought people confidence and contentment.