A purpose and values driven consultancy which aims to transform food systems so they are sustainable, healthy, equitable and fair.
Tasting the Future was established in 2018 by me, its Founder and Director, Mark Driscoll. I am a confident, motivational and inspirational leader who is passionate about the need to transform food systems to address some of the most pressing social, economic, environmental and health challenges we confront in the 21st century. I use a food systems approach to support NGOs, intergovernmental organisations, funders and food businesses in strategy development, managing complex projects, stakeholder engagement, research and policy development.
Over 25 years’ experience of leading a diverse range of innovative sustainable food strategies, projects, and programmes
I bring together expert teams of trusted associates to deliver strategies, projects, policy and practice which can drive action for a healthy and sustainable food system.
I have over 25 years experience of leading a diverse range of innovative sustainable food strategies, projects and programmes for a range of organisations, including the National Trust, WWF-UK and Forum for the Future. I champion the concept of ‘sustainable nutrition‘ and manage a number of innovative, collaborative initiatives which catalyse action and innovation, working with funders, innovators, food and beverage businesses and civil society organisations.
I provide a wide variety of services including thought leadership, strategy development, project management, stakeholder engagement, desktop based research, food trends insights, facilitation & workshop services. I also provide expert subject matter talks/presentations on a range of sustainability trends and topics including regenerative agriculture, sustainable diets, plant-based innovation, food waste and sustainable commodities.
My clients include the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, WWF, The World Health Organisation, The European Commission, EIT Food, World Animal Protection, Compassion in World Farming, Eating Better, The Food Foundation. M&S, McDonalds, Quorn Foods and Dairy Farm International.
I donate 3% of income received to two food and agriculture charities – The Trussell Trust and Farm Africa.
Latest from the Blog
8 Food Sustainability Trends to Watch in 2023
At the start of a new year I explore 8 sustainable food trends that I think will come to the fore during 2023. Increasing citizen awareness, investor pressure and government action around the health, environmental, social, and animal welfare impacts of or food systems, means that in 2023 the chorus to translate words into actions, to transform a food system many consider not fit for purpose, is only going to accelerate.
Trends explored in this blog include More but plant, less but better meats; net zero; nature positive commitments; Closing the loop and upcycled foods; food provenance, shorter value chains and transparency; agrobiodiversity; regenerative and agroecological farming; and eco labelling.
COP27 and Food Systems: A ‘Tragedy of the Commons’
We have learnt nothing from the ‘Tragedy of the Commons’ that was postulated nearly 200 years ago, and our economic and political models (a focus on GDP and short-term politics) continues today – the current climate change crisis is an example of ‘the tragedy’ on a global scale. At COP 27 there were many declarations of intent, but an utter failure to deliver the action promised. In fact, many of the commitments to reduce GHG emissions were weakened, not strengthened during the two weeks of climate negotiations.
The Palm Oil Dilemma: Boycott or Buy?
In this blog, Andrea Cattaruzza explores the dilemmas confronted by consumers over palm oil – Is it better to boycott or buy sustainable palm oil? Given how productive palm oil planatations are will the alternatives do more damage than good?
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