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.