Future of Food

Agriculture has come a long way in the past century. We produce more food than ever before — but our current model is unsustainable, and as the world’s population rapidly approaches the 8 billion mark, modern food production methods will need a radical transformation if they’re going to keep up. But luckily, there’s a range of new technologies that might make it possible. In this series, we’ll explore some of the innovative new solutions that farmers, scientists, and entrepreneurs are working on to make sure that nobody goes hungry in our increasingly crowded world.

Agriculture has come a long way in the past century. We produce more food than ever before -- but our current model is unsustainable, and as the world’s population rapidly approaches the 8 billion mark, modern food production methods will need a radical transformation if they're going to keep up. But luckily, there’s a range of new technologies that might make it possible. In this series, we’ll explore some of the innovative new solutions that farmers, scientists, and entrepreneurs are working on to make sure that nobody goes hungry in our increasingly crowded world.

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To make more room for livestock, the Dutch will moove cows to a floating farm

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From picking to pollinating, agribots are pushing farming into the future

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Probiotics for plants? Here’s how AI-optimized bacteria could accelerate agriculture

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How ‘speed breeding’ could supercharge farming to save us from starvation

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Before ‘plantscrapers’ can grow food in the city, they’ll need to grow money

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RoboBees, city sanctuaries, and hot hives could save the world from ‘beepocalypse’

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Will vertical farming continue to grow, or has it hit the greenhouse ceiling?

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The burger of the future comes from crickets, not cows

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Can tech help us feed a population of 9 billion-plus? Welcome to the Future of Food

Over the next few decades, global food production will need to scale up tremendously to keep pace with humanity's growing population. Can technological advances help us feed all those hungry mouths, or are we doomed to starvation?
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To feed a growing population, scientists want to unleash AI on agriculture

According to present estimates, a global food shortage crisis could occur by the year 2050. Scientists at Carnegie Mellon are using drones, robots and AI to revolutionize farming before we hit that point.
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Shrimp from the Sahara sounds crazy, but it may be the future of aquaculture

The world's oceans are polluted and overfished, and wild seafood populations are dwindling -- but luckily, there's a revolutionary new seafood farming technique on the rise that might ensure we never run out of shrimp.
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From lab-grown steaks to plant-based blood, science is taking the animal out of meat

With the world's population booming, scientists are hard at work figuring out new ways to feed more people in a sustainable and ethical way.
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From pixels to plate, food has become 3D printing’s delicious new frontier

3D printing has already taken off, but 3D food printing offers a host of revolutionary benefits that are only beginning to be explored and understood.
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Automated agriculture: Can robots, drones, and AI save us from starvation?

In their never-ending quest for increased efficiency, many farmers are now turning to agricultural robots to cut down on operation costs. But can automation give agriculture the boost it needs to meet the demands of 9 billion people?
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From corn to cattle, gene editing is about to supercharge agriculture

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