The challenge for NZ food production is keeping up with the science while Fonterra restores its financial health

Technology  is  opening  a  whole  new direction for  food production, reports  The  Guardian.

Robotics   and drones are reducing   the need for humans to be on the  land,  while  vertical  farming,  in which  vegetables  can be grown in sunless  warehouses using  LED  lighting, gene editing and metagenics are delivering new definitions of  food.

According to a  recent  report  by the think tank  RethinkX, within  15  years  the rise of  cell-based meat – made  of animal cells  grown in a bioreactor – will bankrupt  the US’s  huge  beef industry,  at the same time  removing the  need to grow soya  and maize  for   feed.

New Zealand  farmers   who  think  there  is  an  unlimited  demand for the food  they  produce   could be in  for a  rude  shock.

Here’s  another  example  of   what  global  media  are reporting:

Scientists  at Ghent University in  Belgium  are experimenting  with larva fat to replace butter,  saying that using grease from insects is more  sustainable  than  dairy  produce. Continue reading “The challenge for NZ food production is keeping up with the science while Fonterra restores its financial health”