New exhibition challenges visitors to imagine the future of food

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

OTTAWA, ON, April 26, 2019— The future of food may look different than we think. The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, one of three museums under Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, is thrilled to announce the world launch of Edible Futures: Food for Tomorrow, a travelling exhibition curated by the Dutch Institute of Food & Design and presented by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.


Opening to the public on April 27, 2019, Edible Futures is a series of thought-provoking art installations that invite visitors to reflect on our shared food future. Presenting multiple perspectives on global food security issues such as climate change, declining fresh water supply, loss of biodiversity, food waste, and the gap between producers and consumers, Edible Futures asks visitors to imagine what the future of food will look like, and what role each of us might play in changing it.


Bridging the gap between the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) disciplines, Edible Futures presents 13 international artists’ designs. Each design brings its own stimulating point of view, and raises questions on how we deal with food and technology. Visitors can experience the artworks from imagined perspectives — the roles of consumer or producer via two personalized audio guide narratives, offering the unique opportunity to engage with the exhibition from multiple viewpoints. In each narrative, visitors are transported to alternative futures, where they are invited to step outside the confines of reality and reflect freely on the future of food.


Edible Futures will be on display at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum until Fall 2019. More information on this exhibition can be found on the Ingenium website.


“The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is thrilled to bring Edible Futures: Food for Tomorrow to Canada for its first world launch. This thought-provoking exhibition offers a unique perspective on the timely issue of food security, which we aim to bring into focus over the next five years. We hope to spark curiosity and invite our visitors to reflect on the multitude of ways we can imagine the future of food. We are very grateful for the thought leadership being encouraged through this partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.”

-Kerry-Leigh Burchill, Director General, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum


“We are proud to present this food-for-thought provoking exhibition about the future of food. As the second largest exporter of agri-food in the world, the Netherlands is actively seeking solutions related to food security and responsible consumption. This exhibition will highlight the role of Dutch design and art in innovation, and in addressing societal challenges. We have found a fantastic partner in the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum in Ottawa for its world premiere and are like-minded in the challenges ahead of us.”

-Henk van der Zwan, Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Canada




Media Contact

Christine Clouthier
Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation


Keum Roling

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Canada


About the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, one of the three museums under Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation, is located at Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm, which traces its roots to 1886 and is the world’s only working farm in the heart of a capital city. The museum offers programs and exhibitions on Canada’s agricultural heritage, food literacy, and on the benefits and relationship of agricultural science and technology to Canadians’ everyday lives. It provides visitors with a unique opportunity to see diverse breeds of farm animals important to Canadian agriculture past and present, and to learn about the food they eat. In addition to breeds common to Canadian agriculture, such as Holstein dairy cows and Angus beef cows, the museum also has Canadienne dairy cows, Tamworth pigs, and Clydesdale horses. Many other breeds of dairy and beef cattle, pigs, sheep, horses, poultry, goats, and rabbits round out the collection. 

About the Dutch Institute of Food & Design

The Dutch Institute of Food & Design (DIFD) creates a global platform for designers working with food and eating. DIFD explores how we create food and what, why, and how we eat. We show the relevance of food connected to design and design connected to food. We ask critical questions about the discipline and link designers to each other and other sectors. The DIFD brings an emerging design discipline to the next level. With our final goal in mind: to enrich eating cultures and address the societal and environmental challenges around food using design as a tool to achieve this.