Food 2030: urban foraging

Speaker: Nurdin Topham


Foraging has been cited as an act of rebellion against the current food system. But rebellion can drive change. Foragers are calling for us to question the notion of food as a mere commodity and offer a low impact alternative, one that lets us take control and feed ourselves. But while foraging grows in popularity, we still traditionally associate it with a rural landscape, one that exists outside the city. Urban foragers see otherwise.

They believe we are never entirely separate from nature, we are a part of it at all times, even within the cityscape. Nourishment is right beneath our feet. Urban foraging utilises the abandoned, overlooked corners of the city. It is a way for us to reconnect with our landscape and our ancestors and re-establish ourselves as part of the urban ecosystem. It is also uncovering new and fresh flavours in the process. But when we forage what should we be looking for and where?

UCL X DH READY, a cross discipline creative company, brings a session on urban foraging to FutureFest with Nurdin Topham, a Michelin-starred chef who is on a mission to reveal that taste and nutrition lie beneath the grime of urban spaces, and help Londoners to reconnect with food in the city.

Date and time

07/07/2018 -

13:30 to 14:00


Nesta Lounge, Tobacco Dock London