Future of Food

In our Future of Food research section we consider how technological advances will help meet the needs of a growing world population and the challenges of environmental protection and species diversity.

The perverse contradiction that as a species we can have a malnutrition and obesity crisis at the same time—both creating huge suffering and cost—demonstrates that the future of food is not simply about producing enough calories for a growing population. Equitable access and distribution will also be required to ensure a harmonious future.

In this section we consider our future sources of protein, the role of agri-science in improving yields and reducing costs, artificial meat production and innovations in farming technology like vertical farming, automation and AI/drone usage.

We also consider the end consumer market and look at solutions to food waste, the economics of food delivery, dark kitchens and automation in food preparation.

'Equitable access and distribution will be required to ensure a harmonious future'