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This Is What the Future of Food Looks Like

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It’s the year 2050. With a swelling global population and once-abundant resources that are no longer available on the planet, what’s on your plate and lunchboxes is no longer the same. The 2019 you would have never recognised it all. Using technology to plug gaps that exist in the food system, trends spread faster than science, and what we eat is more engineered in every way possible.

The prospect of what the future of food will be seems to us as exciting as terrifying. At the recently concluded media arts festival, Eyemyth, one of the sessions saw the forces behind the platform Edible Issues talk about what the future of our food looks like. Here, they draw up some of the scenarios from the future for us.

Scenario 1: Kids use synthetic biology to grow their own meat (protein) for their mid-day meals.

We don’t know what Winston Churchill was thinking (smoking?) when he said way back in 1931: “We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium.” But his words are eerily closer to reality.

Since its worldwide debut in 2013, lab-grown meat has come a long way. The idea of using tissue culture to “grow” parts of meat is touted to be more efficient, clean, and environment-friendly.

Where does India stand here? By 2050, we would have a population of 9 billion in the world, 1/6th of which will be from India. In addition to the population, growing affluence and changing dietary patterns might further lead to an increased demand for meat. Sustainability of meat production isn’t the only problem that lab-grown meat will solve.

According to the Indian Dietetic Association, Indian vegetarian diets are 84 percent protein-deficient so an affordable meat alternative could potentially address the problem of protein deficiency in Indian vegetarian diets. As India looks to become the hub for cultured meat research, these products could be hitting the grocery shelves sooner than you think.

On the other hand, the mid-day meal system is rife with problems. Either not each child who is entitled to it, gets it. Or what they get isn’t nutritionally beneficial. Technologies like cultured meat have great potential to solve this.

We’re envisioning a food-future where kids are so tech-savvy and the information is so widespread and open-source that children can grow (DIY) their own lunch, according to their nutritional requirements.

Scenario 2: Elderly folks receive their drone-delivered meal based on real-time data from their gut sensors.

Around a 1,000 species of microorganisms live in our guts, but we can only identify less than 5 percent of them. There’s so much more research that needs to be done to understand what’s in your gut, what kind of bacteria you have, and how they all react to what you eat. And all these tiny little organisms could shape your body; turns out, you are literally what you eat.

While obesity and undernutrition prevail in India, it’s not a one-size-fits-all model anymore; it’s about what suits you the best. Scratch all that you know about what we should eat because that’s about to change. With data being more pervasive and our being able to track every single bit of our body, eating for our gut health will shape how we eat.

But food delivery companies know what we eat when we eat. If they could have access to our wearable data now, could they, in the future have access to the ingestible sensors in our gut? Could this food then be customised and drone delivered , just the way your gut would like it?

This might seem like a plot of every badly written sci-fi movie, but hear us out. With more research on gut bacteria and nutrition, this isn’t really so far-fetched. And Zomato is already testing drones to deliver food, so how far is this not-so-distant future of getting digital dabbawalas to deliver your food?

Scenario 3: Not everyone can afford their traditional food identities so now pills that taste just like real food would, are rationed.

Imagine this: You walk into an Idli Villas, a Sunday breakfast spot that has been your staple for as long as you remember. You have watched the menu change, from vegan coffee to keto vadas and now the most common item served are these pills.

Yes, pills, but not the low-tech soylent version you know from 2014, (which are so much cheaper now than most foods). I’m referring to the synthesised food pills that taste just like the good ol’ idli and vada and dosas and chutney.

Are you thinking why we aren’t buying the “real” food—the stuff that is grown on the land and harvested, and cooked with fire? We buy those in our dreams (VR created food dreams on demand!) where a meal cooked with soil-harvest food is not unaffordable like it is today.

Innovations in agriculture have grown in leaps and bounds and as the organic community reconsiders gene editing technology like CRISPR, the intensification on our land has had an effect on the ecosystem.

But why were idlis so cheap, you ask? That’s because the rice was heavily subsidised by the government in the Public Distribution System (PDS).

But in the future, we see a government scrambling to feed 9 billion people and with non-fertile land and cheaper technology, manufacturing “PDS-Pills” that are less resource intensive, more nutritious and taste like tradition but seem like the simplest way forward.

Vice



16 Comments on "This Is What the Future of Food Looks Like"

  1. Robert Inget on Mon, 2nd Dec 2019 2:15 pm 

    Some here may know, I’ve run a semi organic Blueberry U-Pick patch since 1979.

    Folk here still bring their children, often the second generation, to pick berries. Parents love to watch little kids eat their way up and down rows.
    Adorable.
    No way could we even hope on our 11 irrigated acres to begin to feed our family and friends,
    organically. F&Fs would need to come out and
    do the work growing food nine months a year.

    Trump, by almost eliminating migrant Mexican AG workers has endangered affordable fresh food supplies (in the US).
    If there are any Republican farmers out there brave enough to reply, using real names, please, do so..

    40% of food produced is wasted.

  2. Davy on Mon, 2nd Dec 2019 6:13 pm 

    “Trump, by almost eliminating migrant Mexican AG workers has endangered affordable fresh food supplies (in the US). If there are any Republican farmers out there brave enough to reply, using real names, please, do so.. 40% of food produced is wasted.”

    Bobby, first you don’t have any links or references for your bizarre statement. You are talking out your ass again. Show some intelligence please. After you do that then there can be an intelligent debate on the subject.

  3. Duncan Idaho on Mon, 2nd Dec 2019 6:23 pm 

    Where do they find these clueless Repugs?
    https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Hunter-says-he-will-plead-guilty-to-corruption-14876130.php

    Do they embrace corruption?

  4. JuabP ID Theft on Mon, 2nd Dec 2019 7:07 pm 

    Davy said Bobby, blah blah blah blah blah….

    What an idiot.

  5. Davy on Mon, 2nd Dec 2019 7:17 pm 

    “Where do they find these clueless Repugs?”

    It’s normal for us inbred hillbilly’s hear in the Ozarks Idaho. We’re not the most sharpest folk.

  6. gwb on Mon, 2nd Dec 2019 8:26 pm 

    Davy, there are almost too many links on food waste in America to list. Bobby is right.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/07/american-food-waste/491513/

    U.S. ag has been heavily reliant on migrant farm workers for decades. No gringo wants to do that kind of work.

  7. Davy on Mon, 2nd Dec 2019 8:29 pm 

    Of course Robert is right gwb. I just get soo emotional sometimes I can’t help myself.

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  9. anon on Tue, 3rd Dec 2019 3:25 am 

    the real future of food in 2050:
    option one, you grow it, and you eat it.
    option two, you do labor for the guy in option one, and in exchange you get to eat.
    option three, you steal it (and risk being killed)
    option four, you gang up with a bunch of others to steal a bit more effectively. If youre really good at it youll set up a protection racket lording over the guys in option 1.
    option 5: cannibalism.

  10. Davy to JuanP who is using a sock on Tue, 3rd Dec 2019 5:13 am 

    Obviously JuanP using a sock. See the timing of the postings. JuanP is lazy about is deception and very east to figure out
    gwb on Mon, 2nd Dec 2019 8:26 pm
    Davy on Mon, 2nd Dec 2019 8:29 pm

    “Davy, there are almost too many links on food waste in America to list. Bobby is right.”
    Right about what JuanP? Right about blaming all of it on Trump and you agreeing with that? It is almost too much of a no brainer that American has food waste so your list of too many links is stupid. The why of it is the issue here. Bobby wants to blame it on Trump. Got it. That is simpleton and stepping around the real issue

    “U.S. ag has been heavily reliant on migrant farm workers for decades. No gringo wants to do that kind of work.”
    There are plenty of migrant workers to work fields and if that becomes a problem pay more to have the fields worked. Using that as an excuse to overload our carrying capacity is a blind lying liberal excuss to pad the population with possible Democratic voter. That is the real issue not the well being of the migrants. A blind lying liberal is rich and could give a shit about poor. They especially don’t want them in their back yard. That is you JuanP and bobby to T.

  11. Are you gonna eat that? on Wed, 4th Dec 2019 6:38 pm 

    I think the whole 40% food waste statistic is unlikely to improve without adding a whole lot of extra energy and resources to how food is packaged and distributed. It that really an option? Maybe we should really start taking human overpopulation seriously.

  12. full woke supremacist muzzies jerk double rainbow all the way across the sky so intense whoa it begins to look like a triple rainbow what does it mean OMG WDIM oh god ohhh on Wed, 4th Dec 2019 8:03 pm 

    comon’ guys, muzzie tlaib used low English so it means it has credibility isn’t it
    is this another case of muzzie died like a dog is not a muzzie, but muzzie died like a dog with PhD in muzzy study burried at sea according to muzzie custom but is not a muzzie

    let’s assume low English is legit because it’s in wide use.

    muzzie akbar sayeed used low english consistent with supremacist muzzies used to describe infidels. muzzie akbar sayeed caused whitey supertard john brady to commit suicide. the muzzie is a pioneer in introducing low English in western higher ed.

    thanks supertard for using low english. i have no problem with high english. i’m just sayin’

  13. full woke supremacist muzzies jerk double rainbow all the way across the sky so intense whoa it begins to look like a triple rainbow what does it mean OMG WDIM oh god ohhh on Wed, 4th Dec 2019 10:36 pm 

    i’m slow so help me with this

    muzzie FGM NASTY tlaib used low English
    this means low English is held in high regard is it not?

    Very puzzling for tard like me

    muzzie akbar sayeed is pioneer in introducing low English into western higher ed. whitey supertard john brady killed himself because of it.

    put two and two together (low English + higher ed, thrown in bonus of whitey supertard) and we have a highly regard form of speech is it not

  14. full woke supremacist muzzies jerk double rainbow all the way across the sky so intense whoa it begins to look like a triple rainbow what does it mean OMG WDIM oh god ohhh on Wed, 4th Dec 2019 10:46 pm 

    (((supertard))) noam chomsky is expert in language, i wish he teaches me. my specialty is currently high and low English

    ex. of high english:
    muzzie is peace and tolerance if one stick to authentic interpretation of muzzie. muzzie is not muzzie but was burried at sea as a muzzie.

    low english:
    muzzie died like a dog.

    high english is rich and combining elements of theoretical and factual. the goal is giving as much info and it’s up to people to judge. this is why only supertards can understand high english. unfortunately above examples indicates muzzie love

    low english bypasses all that and gives simple account of events. suppose dying like a cow is bad then low english would say muzzie died like a cow.

  15. full woke supremacist muzzies jerk double cock all the way across the sky so intense whoa it begins to look like a triple cock what does it mean OMG WDIM oh god ohhh I jazzed on myself on Thu, 5th Dec 2019 5:18 am 

    Stupidtard why are you so stupid?

  16. Davy on Thu, 5th Dec 2019 6:13 am 

    Don’t call me stupid. I prefer to think of myself as lurning disabled.

    dumbass

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