Richard MacCowan, founder of Biomimicry UK, says nature provides the ideal starting point for new ideas and technologies that address everyday problems.
Yekaterinburg, Russia, 9 July 2019 – Biomimicry is a vital part of tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges, says expert during a session on day two of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Richard MacCowan, founder of Biomimicry UK, explained how he is researching future food systems based on the food transportation habits of ants, with the goal of eradicating food poverty, minimising waste, and optimising food supply chains.
He said the scientific development of biomimicry should not just be seen in relation to creating flashy items like cars, but mass produced products like paper clips or velcro, everyday items that could be transformed through natural processes.
He believes that for many modern day processes, nature is the starting point for new ideas to find innovative solutions to everyday problems.
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