What can design do for food? This is the key question of The Food & Design Manifesto, which kicks off this afternoon, during the Dutch Design Week. The Manifesto is an initiative of the Dutch Institute of Food & Design (DIFD), founded by eating designer Marije Vogelzang, in collaboration with What Design Can Do.   

‘The issue with food and design is that many people don’t know what it is exactly. That’s why this manifesto is a great starting point, a way to have all our voices together, making the intangible tangible and showing that we are a global movement linking many people from different fields together,’ says Marije Vogelzang.

The manifesto is not static, but more of an international, collaborative investigation to establish what design has to do with food. A group of 11 international correspondents all submitted a brief statement on their ideas of what design can do for food. Taking these as a starting point the aim is to create an inclusive and global vision, resulting in the Food & Design Manifesto.

This afternoon the manifesto is discussed with designers, entrepreneurs, researchers and policymakers during the Food & Design Manifesto Event in the Micro-Embassy of Food at the Duthc Design Week. After this kick-start at the Dutch Design Week, the Food & Design Manifesto will be growing, digested and changing, with input from the networks of DIFD and WDCD. Meanwhile, illustrator Su Hyun Park captures the insights gathered in a visual representation of the manifesto.