Associated with Bergamo Botanic Garden “Lorenzo Rota”

Footprint Lunch

On 13th of December 2017 Bergamo Botanical garden "Lorenzo Rota" hosted a training session for educators from seven botanic gardens  that are part of a regional network in the Northern Italy. The aim was to support the attendees to run co-creation activities on food security and to share our experience and ideas on how to engage people in different ways starting using BigPicnic as a grounding.

Footpront Lunch at Bergamo Botanical Garden Photo Credit: Archive Bergamo Botanical Garden 

We began with a standing lunch with different foods on a table and gave the educators a paper to record the food they ate. Everyone could choose from legumes, cheese, meat, vegetables, bread, grains, fruits, cakes. The participants were asked to weigh their own food and record the weight. After lunch there was a guided tour of the BigPicnic exhibition Secure, Responsible and Biodiverse Food. This showcased how we are engaging visitors, the methodology and tools being used for co-creation and data collection and how the topic of ecological footprints is presented through the exhibition. One of our exhibits allows people to investigate the ecological footprint of different foods; looking at the associated carbon dioxide emission, water and land use of primary production and processed food. The educators were invited to assess the footprint of every food they could have had during lunch and calculate their own lunch’s footprint. This activity helped made them aware of their impact on the planet and how our daily food habits can influence food security, climate change, sustainability, exploitation of natural resources and food production. We collected this data as a way of assessing their food habits. 

Educators are calculated the footprint of their food and write it on a paperPhoto Credit: Archive Bergamo Botanical Garden 

We hope that, going forwards, the participants will develop similar activities to engage people with food security at their botanic gardens, evaluate the effectiveness of the experience and collect and analyze data from the public.