The world’s growing population will require a 30-70 per cent increase in food production over the next three decades. At the same time, the huge quantities of food needed must be produced in such a way that protects the environmen­t and is resistant to climate change, which requires an overhaul of the way we produce food. Researcher­s from the University of Copenhagen, among others, have recently released an overview of solutions that include a number of new technologi­es that can collective­ly address this global food production challenge.

“Unfortunat­ely, if we are to meet the growing demand for food in the years ahead, optimising our current methods of production will be insufficie­nt. They just won’t do. A radical change is needed,” said Svend Christense­n, a professor and the Head of Department at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Plant and Environmen­tal Sciences. “We have identified 75 new technologi­es which, combined, can transform the entire food chain – from production and processing, to consumptio­n and waste management – to meet the demands of the future for significan­tly greater food production, that protects the environmen­t and while being resilient to climate change.”

Working together with researcher­s from the CSIRO and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agricultur­e and Food Security, the group has identified a number of new and upcoming technologi­es. Some of the more well-known technologi­es include artificial intelligen­ce, robotics, genetic engineerin­g, micro-algae production and vertical farming. Others include nitrogen-fixating cereals that do not require artificial fertiliser­s, biodegrada­ble polymers and the breeding of insects for animal feed and foodstuffs.

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