Six revolutionary ideas to change the way we feed the planet, inspired by nature

Social entrepreneurs compete for the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize®

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TEAM ANSA — (AUTONOMOUS NUTRIENT SUPPLY ALTERNATIVE)

Inspired by cyanobacteria and skunk cabbage, a team from UC San Diego have developed ANSA Technology, a suite of solutions designed to optimize hydroponic growing operations. ANSA is designed to reduce operating costs and solve nutrient balancing issues, providing an economical and sustainable way to provide healthy and organic food for populations with limited resources.

TEAM B-ALL

Inspired by the protective functions of beetles and certain fruits, this Colombian team has created B-all, a sustainable, edible food packaging system, designed to protect food in the journey from producer to consumer. Their target market is people in disaster situations, who have no access to cooking fuel or nutritious food.

TEAM SHARE-EET

The Share-EET team, based in London, wants to shift attitudes about food waste using natural models as inspiration. Share-EET’s events are social experiments where customers share a meal while discussing the implications of their food order. Their (non)restaurant model will only thrive if customers make sustainable choices, demonstrating that personal choices have an impact on the larger community.

TEAM NEXLOOP

Inspired by how certain plants capture, store, and distribute water, this geographically-diverse team created Nexloop, a system that makes it possible for urban greenhouses to capture, store, and distribute rainwater. The system may eventually have applications for urban buildings as well.

TEAM SLANT

A team from Chile has designed the Slant app that mimics the way ants communicate with each other both through one-on-one interactions and through pheromone trails. This app aims to reduce food waste by creating a platform for users to influence each other’s decisions regarding the quality of food.

TEAM WINDCHILL

Designed by students at the University of Calgary, this electricity-free cooling device is inspired by how mammals and insects regulate temperature. This alternate food preservation unit is designed to not require an electricity grid, to be significantly less expensive than modern refrigeration methods, and to be incorporated into low resource regions where it is most needed.

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