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Sustainability will be as key to food tech as outcomes

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Significance

Food tech -- using technology to improve how food is grown, produced, distributed and consumed -- is critical to meeting consumption needs, and to reducing if not reversing the adverse effects of the current food system.

Impacts

  • To speed up the retail market entry of items such as lab grown meat, regulators will modernise their reviews to account for tech advances.
  • Food tech focuses on output and distribution but wastage needs more attention; food now wasted could feed over 1 billion people per year.
  • Fertiliser and feed shortages will spark R&D in areas such as processed animal proteins (eg, insects in animal feed); Europe allows this.
  • Effective communication, education and mitigating misinformation will be crucial to broadening the adoption of food tech innovations.

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