Burgers made of insects, farmers using satellites to track cows and sheep and personalised meals delivered to doorsteps by drones: these are just some of the ideas of how food could be produced in the future.
A major summit is being held by the UK’s food standards watchdogs this week to look at how changes to global food systems will impact on the country in the next few decades.
Around 200 experts will meet on Thursday at the Our Food Future event organised by the Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland to discuss issues ranging from the impact of climate change and volatile prices, to the problem of obesity and how technology could transform eating habits.
Dr Richard Swannell, director of sustainable food systems at waste reduction charity Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap), who is speaking at the conference pointed out insect protein was already being used in animal feeds and there was a range of potential alternatives to meat which may be used for human food in the future.
“We have already got mycoprotein on our shelves, the Quorn approach, but there are other things like algae, such as seaweed, and a range of potential proteins that may not just be for animal feed but also for us as humans,”