Over the last few decades, the way in which people grow, share and eat food around the world has become a tale of two conflicting food systems – which we call the Industrial Food Chain and the Peasant Food Web. The tension between these two systems is the basis of our new game Disruption! A battle for the future of food.
We are giving away 24 free copies of Disruption! in a friendly competition on Facebook and Instagram and we would love it if winners could help us improve the game with feedback on how the game works. If you want to win a free copy of the game, follow us on Facebook or Instagram and “like” or comment on an image of one or all of the cards - we’ll be posting one of our gorgeously illustrated cards every two days and one lucky winner will be picked at random for each card. The give-away starts February 12 and runs through the end of March.
The ‘Industrial Food Chain’ is a term we use to describe the production of commercial food that is sold in supermarkets, restaurants and online, with each stage linked to powerful global markets. But this only describes a small part of the activity and relationships that really nourish most of the world’s people: food that is grown outside the Industrial Food Chain accounts for most of the world’s nutrition, especially among economically poor and peasant communities – including fisherfolk, livestock-keepers, pastoralists, hunters and gatherers, rural communities and also many urban gardeners. We describe the sharing of food within these communities, and their relationships with territories and ecosystems, as ‘The Peasant Food Web’.
Did you know? Our research shows that the Peasant Food Web provides food for over 70% of the world’s people. But its resilience is threatened by the behavior of the polluting, wasteful and expensive Industrial Food Chain (for every US$1 consumers pay to Chain retailers, society pays another US$2 for the extensive health and environmental damage caused by the Chain).
In Disruption! A battle for the future of food, players find themselves taking the side of either the Peasant Food Web, or the Industrial Food chain and compete to control the four ‘commons’ of the Food System: Genetics, Ecosystems, Knowledge and Economy. One player defends the commons and the Peasant Food Web that nurtures them. The others assume the identities of big corporations in the Industrial Food Chain aiming to grab land and resources. But they should be careful! A peasant uprising could shift control quickly!
How to play:
Each card will have one winner that will be drawn using a random name picker. Winners will be tagged in a post on Facebook and Instagram and can choose an English or Spanish version of the game as their prize.
Anyone over 18 years of age can enter the competition.
The winner must respond within 5 days to claim their prize.
Card games will be shipped by post - please allow 10-30 days for their delivery, depending on your location. Please bear in mind that we cannot be responsible if the courier does not deliver your prize.