Published September 14, 2015
We like to think of the platypus as a superhero of the animal kingdom. It takes the best elements of the duck, the beaver, and the otter and rolls them into one egg-laying, venom-possessing badass: a creature so remarkable that when researchers first discovered it, they thought they were being pranked. Our annual Platypus Awards honor ideas that draw from disparate fields to form something worthy of a double take. It’s not just these little ideas that captivate us, but also their world-changing potential for awesomeness. This year, we honor nine innovators who are turning our notions of food upside down. We all need to eat. But these trailblazers are demonstrating how, with a little ingenuity, the grub before us also has the power to right social wrongs, bring communities closer, and, potentially, save the world. Now that’s something to chew on.