By 2050 our global population is projected at 9.8 billion, 68% of whom will live in urban areas. Currently our topsoil, rivers, and other natural ecosystems are being impacted by our food production and consumption methods.
Coupled with this, climate change, and the increasing occurrence of extreme weather events, is threatening the stability of global food supply. These are pertinent facts that will have major implications on the “The Future of Food”, and the needs of our growing population.
Companies, using innovative technology and forward-thinking strategies, are disrupting the food industry, and challenging the way in which we grow, package, distribute, and consume food. For example, AeroFarms is a solution that focuses on vertical & indoor farming in urban areas, Olio is connecting neighbours with each other, to share food waste, Aleph Farms is changing consumer habits towards a ‘slaughter-free’ meat diet and is pioneering the cellular-based meat industry.
This year we will be hosting a dedicated session for the future of Food. Topics in their session includes the following:
- Food and the Sustainability Agenda: innovation and diversification strategies of large food companies.
- Innovations in Ecological and Sustainable Farming: New Agricultural Technologies driving Sustainability.
- Clean and Plant-based meat: accelerating consumer adoption of alternative proteins.
- Financing new food start-ups and technologies driving the Future of Food.