The Taste of Tomorrow

By Josh Schonwald | People, trends, and technologies shaping the future of food and agriculture

Bringing Farming Back to Nature

Farming the land as if nature doesn’t matter has been the model for much of the Western world’s food production system for at least the past 75 years. The results haven’t been pretty: depleted soil, chemically fouled waters, true family farms all but eliminated, a worsening of public health and …

Agriculture

15 Best Food Documentaries of All Time

From luxury Michelin-star restaurants to hot-headed chefs to the disgusting secrets hidden within the food-supply chain, this is the definitive list …

McDonald's

The Beef Of The Future Is Here, And It’s Not Made Of Meat

Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat could give our planet the break it needs from meat. Even White Castle agrees.<p>There’s something about a hamburger that can take over your mind in an instant. Upon a whiff of sizzling meat, the brain has a new primary objective: Get meat.<p>What is it that makes our …

Agriculture

Food Companies Can’t Figure Out What Americans Want to Eat

Industry struggles to keep up with consumers who are shifting to fresh from packaged products while new competitors beat them on price and quality<p>Food shoppers and investors looking at the packaged food aisles of big grocery stores have reached the same conclusion: There is nothing to buy.<p>The …

Agriculture

Experts say algae is the food of the future. Here's why.

I have commitment issues -- with my diet.<p>Name the diet, and I've tried it. I'm currently a pescatarian with fish as my main protein source. But I've been a carnivore, vegetarian and vegan, too.<p>Oh, and I dabble in "menu of the future" items such as algae and bugs.<p>In the last month, I've had algae …

Biofuel

Ikea experimenting with future foods, including bug 'meatballs' - Nation

PETALING JAYA: Want to try some of Ikea's future foods, like meatballs and burgers made of worms? Or hotdogs made from carrots and seaweed?<p>These are …

How close are we to a hamburger grown in a lab?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The latest craze in the food industry, in vitro or "clean" meat, is produced by extracting stem cells from animals and then growing and multiplying those cells in a lab to create a piece of meat.<p>The cells "start to divide and start to form new muscle tissues. ... (We) let them proliferate …

Agriculture

Why This Cardiologist Is Betting That His Lab-Grown Meat Startup Can Solve the Global Food Crisis

The future of your entrée is quietly growing in Memphis Meats' lab.<p>Uma Valeti remembers the first time he really thought about where meat comes from. A cardiologist turned founder, Valeti grew up in Vijayawada, India, where his father was a veterinarian and his mother taught physics. When he was …

Agriculture

Silicon Valley wrestles with religion. Is high-tech “clean meat” kosher and halal?

Leviticus has swept into Silicon Valley.<p>For thousands of years, meat has come exclusively from sentient animals. And for a sizable portion of humanity, how to raise and slaughter those animals has been a central component in religious-dieting doctrine. But religious scholars are now being …

Agriculture

What Will Food Be Like in the Future?

In the future, food will be similar to what it is today, only bigger and with much better Wi-Fi.<p>In the future, gluten will be free but only if you are very, very rich.<p>The rainbow-colored-food trend will go away in the future, as will naturally occurring rainbows.<p>In the future, we will not use …

‘Cellular Agriculture’ Could Be the Future of Cannabis

Cellular agriculture uses genetic modification to craft products with specific cannabinoids. It could be tailored to treat medical conditions and …

The world’s most nutritious foods

After analysing more than 1,000 raw foods, researchers ranked the ingredients that provide the best balance of your daily nutritional requirements – and they found a few surprises.<p>Imagine the ideal food. One that contains all the nutrients necessary to meet, but not exceed, our daily nutrient …

North Atlantic

CRISPR food coming soon: USDA decision speeds up regulatory process for gene-edited crops

Try these tips for getting kids to eat healthy food

To promote healthy eating among children, research shows that parents should expose them to a variety of foods and remain persistent, starting during …

Holistic Medicine

Cultured fish co Finless Foods aims to achieve price parity with Bluefin tuna by the end of 2019

Bay area start-up Finless Foods â one of a new wave of cellular agriculture companies producing meat by culturing cells (without raising or …

What was the biggest surprise of 2017 for the food industry?

With hindsight, we can all pretend we saw it coming, but in reality, Amazonâs acquisition of Whole Foods Market â announced on June 16 â caught most …

Perfect Day in talks with food industry partners to commercialize animal-free dairy ingredients

Berkeley-based Perfect Day â which is creating âveganâ dairy proteins without cows â is in talks with food industry partners about scaling up …

Food Futures Lab

<b>IFTF’s Food Futures Lab identifies and catalyzes the innovations that have the potential to reinvent our global food system.</b> We help …

GM crops take the line of least resistance in their global spread | Financial Times

Genetically modified crops are continuing to spread across the world’s agricultural land. Last year they covered a record 185m hectares, 3 per cent …

Retailers, distributors and growers struggle to curb food waste | Financial Times

From uncovered fruit spoiling in the sun to excess purchases that go forgotten in our refrigerators, food waste is a serious global problem.<p>About …

Scientists see role for insects and ‘orphan crops’ in human diet | Financial Times

Remarkably few plant and animal species dominate global agriculture and food production. Cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry make up most of the …

China’s food stores attract a new wave of snackers and e-shoppers | Financial Times

The sight of shoppers pushing supermarket trolleys among a crowd of Shanghainese chowing down seafood at a communal table is somewhat jarring. But …

Most Talked About Food Company of the Year: Hampton Creek

The vegan condiments company had a year full of blockbuster announcements and achievements, as well as dramatic news stories about its internal …

All grown up? Farming looks to a future with automatic harvesting.

Dive Brief:<p>Agriculture technology firm Smart Ag has developed what it calls AutoCart software to automate existing ag equipment, which can help …

Inside the push to get invasive soft-shell crab and caviar on our plates

Early in November, a 103-year-old restaurant in Massachusetts presented the “world premiere” of a new local speciality to an audience of four. They …

Liquid assets: how the business of bottled water went mad | Sophie Elmhirst

How did a substance that falls from the air, springs from the earth and comes out of your tap become a hyperactive multibillion-dollar business?<p>The dress code of the clientele in Planet Organic, Notting Hill is gym chic. On a hot day in mid-August, the men wore mid-thigh shorts, pectoral-enhancing …

Water

How the sandwich consumed Britain | The long read

The world-beating British sandwich industry is worth £8bn a year. It transformed the way we eat lunch, then did the same for breakfast – and now it’s coming for dinner. By Sam Knight<p>The invention of the chilled packaged sandwich, an accessory of modern British life which is so influential, so …

Sandwiches

Total ban on fast-food outlets within 400m of London schools, Mayor Sadiq Khan to announce

Fast-food takeaways will be banned from opening within 400 metres of schools in a bid to tackle the capital’s child obesity epidemic.<p>In addition, all …

QR Codes for GMO Labeling Could Actually Be a Great Idea. Could

It’s 2016, and QR codes—you know, those square-ish, pixellated things you ignore everywhere—are still lame. So a newly passed GMO food labeling bill …