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”