“It’s coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so. It’s not just climate change; it’s sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now.” –David Attenborough
Or prepare to be excited, depending on your outlook.The future of food is looking excitingly…futuristic.
According to world o-meter.com, in the year 2100, the world’s population will reach an estimated 10 Billion. With an extra 3 billion more mouths to feed, we’ll have to get a little more creative. As we find new ways to interact with the world, there’s no doubt that we will find new ways to interact with our food!And here are a few possible ways how.
Farming Goes Vertical (Meat and Veggie)
Imagine a structure similar to a parking garage, except taller and filled with all the things you would typically find on a farm. Greenery included! Stackable farms not only save land, but money. And as the population increases, we’ll need every bit of land we can get. Therefore building up is an effective way to go. All vertical farms will start from the cleanest resource (veggies) down to the dirtiest (poultry). And as you can imagine, it’s very easy to keep the garden fertile, seeing that there is so much “manure product” at the lower level of the building.
There’s a bug in my soup…AND IT TASTES DELICIOUS
Bugs are incredibly sustainable, high in protein and surprisingly healthy. Eating these critters could insure that the population of the future remains well fed. However bug munching is nothing new. Many countries around the world incorporate bugs in their diet. And so do you! According to ABC news, the average person consumes eight insect pieces that find themselves trapped in foods such as chocolate. And if you check out the nutrition table of certain bugs compared to our traditional meat, you may just decide to go on a bug filled diet. In fact, Men’s Journal has already incorporated a segment on various ways to cook bugs. A toast to the future!
Why Your Mom no Longer Cooks
What’s more lovely than the juxtaposition of a new shiny robot cooking your 3rd-wolrd inspired bug dish? (forgive the third world joke). Nothing you say? Exactly, because nothing beats it! In the future our robot friends will do all the cooking for us. Because no one likes to do the hard work of feeding his or her own face; and you know that’s the truth Ruth. Job security would have been a huge concern if it weren’t for the fact that human tasters are still needed to keep the operation alive. After all, robots can’t taste…yet. Therefore, robots only provide the basic cooking and preparation, while human chefs add the zest and flavor. And would you look at that! A restaurant in China is already kicking of the robo food takeover( http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/world/2014/08/14/robo-cook-android-restaurant-boots-up-in-china/). Wouldn’t you say that’s a perfect marriage of human and robo unity?
All for the sake of humanities palate.
Extinction of Farmer’s Markets
While Farmer’s Market’s have seen a bit of a comeback in recent years, the future is looking bleak for this industry. Especially since this practice takes longer to produce food, and doesn’t create a substantial yield with minimal effort. Later it will become more of an artisan craft. Meaning only the rich will have access to this art form of slow and controlled food growing. This will especially be hard because the government will control all crops in order to standardize food production. So getting fresh organic food will be more of a black market types of affair, only affordable to rich politicians or Kim Jong Il types.
In conclusion the future is looking bright or bleak depending on what you make of it. But with an open mind, and open palette, it may not be so bad. In fact it may even be healthier in some ways.
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