WOM is an interdisciplinary project being carried out by Zeyi Li from MA1 Design Product and Mingji Liu from MA1 Service Design . They started working together because of the same goal of promoting insect-based food globally.
How Might We integrate insect-based food into people’s natural daily food choices by engaging people more in the whole journey of novel food application?
They make an assumption that people need to be engaged in every stage from the insects being farmed to being served. Community farms might be a good direction to explore, as insect farms occupy a similar area to plant verticals and are simple and efficient to process, making them suitable for communities. This led them to explore the practical possibilities of ecofarm in two ways.
Zeyi focuses on the construction of a vertical farm of yellow mealworms in Hong Kong.In the Hong Kong of 2025, Sha Tin District is one of the most populous areas. As the population grows, the demand for food increases exponentially, exacerbating the problem of meat imports and excessive carbon footprints. Faced with this challenge, Wom envisioned an alternative future and embarked on an innovative project in Ma On Shan Park, Sha Tin District.
Wom decided to convert part of the grassland in Ma On Shan Park into an underground vertical farm to raise mealworms, while involving local residents in learning about them and handling and selling their meat products to address the twin challenges of sustainable food production and population growth.