Unlocking food system opportunities through tech and innovation
The food system is environmentally unsustainable as it is. Innovative technologies and companies are part of the effort to tackle the challenges.
The modern food system has been tremendously successful in decreasing worldwide undernourishment. At the same time, the food system is failing to meet our expectations for it. Poor diet is the leading global risk factor for disease, disability, and premature death; the food system is driving the health system bankrupt.
In addition, the food system is environmentally unsustainable. It accounts for 25 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, 70 percent of all freshwater use, and 50 percent of all vegetated land use. And one-third of all food produced in the world is wasted.
Policy, information and education will go a long way in helping us advance a better food system — but breakthroughs in science, technology, and innovation are usually also part of the answer.
A new wave of entrepreneurs and startups all over the world are trying to tackle the key food system challenges, by leveraging science, technology and innovation to change the way we produce, distribute, consume, and discard food.
In this presentation, Daniel Skavén Ruben will cover some of these innovative technologies and companies.