FutureFood 2050, a project launched by the Institute of Food Technologists, just held a panel featuring some of the biggest players in the food technologies industry, giving innovators from around the globe the opportunity to showcase their revolutionary technologies.
Highlights included presentations on 3D printed food, high pressured processing advancements aimed at boosting shelf life without the aid of chemical preservatives, lab grown meats, and a project aiming to recycle plant waste into starches that could eventually be used as edible ingredients.
Aaron Dossey, the founded of All Things Bug LLC, spoke to his company's plans to promote the farming and consumption of insects and a cheap and efficient source of protein. "We have 7 billion people now and that's projected to be 9 billion in 2050," he said, adding that "we're already using a third of the land on Earth for raising livestock, and the demand for protein is growing even faster than the population, especially animal protein. The good news is I think insects are a very nutritional alternative."
FutureFood 2050 is a multiyear project that aims to interview and promote the works of entrepreneurs seeking to use ingenuity and creative approaches to solve the world's food problems. They plan to release a total of 75 interviews over the course of 2015, and are currently putting together a feature length documentary.
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