Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?
Our food systems are failing us, and pressure is increasing on them every day.
Over the last 30 years our supermarkets have grown drastically, and in turn they have forced our farms to grow or shut. Our farms & farming techniques have become industriallised; pouring more oil-based fertilisers, pesticides, & herbicides into the production cycle, and going deeper into mono-cropping practices. This is a ponzi-scheme of agricultural techniques, as the soil health which delivers the nutrients to the food, is being destroyed. Our range of food types has plummetted, leading to international recognition of the relative fragility of our current agricultural systems - with big questions arising about how we're going to feed 9-10 billion people.
In the meantime, farmers have been paid less, customers have paid more, and record profits have flowed to chemical & seed companies and large-scale food distributors.
Decentralsing our food distribution is a key goal to establish more resilient food systems which work for all living systems - for people & planet. Local food systems can support small scale sustainable agriculture, as well as drive food security, healthier & fresher produce, soil health, local economies, community development, and wide-reaching environmental benefits of conscious guardianship of land, water & soil health.
Check out the Bucky Box vision here: http://vimeo.com/31703043
Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!
Our solution offers powerful tools to local food distributors that they would never have the money to develop on their own.
You could look at Bucky Box as the disruptive innovation to local food distribution, that Twitter & Facebook have been to Communication. With the tools in the hands of the people who need them most, a lever for change is tipped which can have broad brush changes to agricultural techniques around the world.
Our plan to get Bucky Box to the 1000's of people around the world working on local food distribution, is through mass word of mouth through social media, conferences, and online advertising. We are also reinvesting the majority of our profits back into the Local Food movement through partnerships, philanthropy, seed investment. We're focusing on the people who are working on a similar vision as ourselves, but working on underfunded areas or ones with no tradining incomes; such as advocacy, research, education & awareness. We expect this work to further drive awareness of the innovative solution Bucky Box presents.