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Future of Food: Technical Challenges, Technology Dreams

This is our last installment of three in the Future of Food series. This piece gives a quick overview of the technical options for meeting the world's food needs over the next 50 years.
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Gabriel Pereira

on 19 March 2016

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Transcript of Future of Food: Technical Challenges, Technology Dreams

Part Three of Our Three Part Series:
Technical Challenges, Technology Dreams

We'd be happy to talk with you more about this subject. Send either of us a note: Mark Graham, mgraham@newfoodstudio.com, or Gabriel Pereira, gpereira@newfoodstudio.com. All emails will be answered.

New Food Studio can help you assess and navigate the ever-changing food world. Contact us for help with:
Product development
Recipe development
Strategy planning
Click here to be taken to our website http://www.newfoodstudio.com

THE FUTURE OF :
In this, our last installment in our "Future of Food" series - we bring to light the hopes and dreams food producers and manufacturers have for meeting the consumption demands of the world.

We hope you find this insightful and useful. We welcome your feedback.
Mark Graham and
Gabriel Pereira,
Managing Partners,
New Food Studio
http://www.newfoodstudio.com

In our opinion:


Whether you are pro or anti-GMO is irrelevant at this point. Many countries are already producing GMO crops on a massive scale.
Non-GMO rulings and regulations will only be a high priority for affluent population pockets within the first world nations.
If population trends and environmental pressures continue as predicted, will there be no choice but to implement more GMO friendly practices to meet the world's nutritional needs?
8.5 Billion by 2025
9.7 Billion by 2050
Current World Population is 7.3 Billion
Because, as we pointed out in our first installment, there's going to be 2 billion more of us in the world by 2050
350 Million by 2025
388 Million by 2050
By comparison to the rest of the world, the USA has a low rate of growth...
To meet the needs of the growing world population, Food Production will have to rise by 60% in 2050 according to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations

Remember, the combination of population growth and rapid warming may render conventional large scale farming methods impractical...
Countries colored in a shade of green have a higher probability of access to sustainable agricultural systems for the future...the darker the green, the higher the probability. The warmer colors represent poorer countries with reduced opportunity for, or access to, sustained traditional farming methods. How do we realistically provide food for these people and the doubling of the world's population?
Hover over the lower portion of this map and push "Play" to activate...
March 13, 2016
"The scientific consensus for the safety of GMOs is overwhelming. A recent Pew poll found 88% of U.S. scientists think GMO technology is harmless. By contrast, only 33% of civilians agreed."
"GMO Scientists Could Save The World
From Hunger, If We Let Them"
Tom Parrett, 5/21/15
"But “GMO-free” does not mean fair trade, and it does not mean sustainable, and it does not mean monoculture-averting, and it does not mean rainforest-enabling, and it does not mean labor-friendly, and it does not mean healthy, though it puffs its chest and carries itself alongside those claims. Activists march with signs that say “I AM NOT AN EXPERIMENT.” But the state of having 7 billion food-consuming humans on this planet—6 billion more than there were two centuries ago—is an unprecedented experiment."
No One Is Denying a ‘Right to Know What's in My Food’
The misleading argument for mandatory GMO labeling, in full force this week
James Hamblin, 7/24/2015
What are GMO's:
Any plant or animal whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques

Genetically Modified Organisms
"CRISPR"
Clustered Regularly-Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats pronounced "crisper"
What is CRSIPR:
CRISPR strands are repeating sequences of DNA found in the genomes of bacteria and other microorganisms. These sequences are used by cells to defend against invading viruses and are almost like a "genetic memory" as each new virus attack can cause cells to create a new CRISPR sequence to be stored later and used as a "defense blueprint" when infected by the same virus. Watch the next YouTube video clip to get a better understanding of how scientists are harnessing this naturally ocurring phenomenon to modify and potentially improve DNA.
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