Top 10 Potential Future Foods

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The food production and consumption over the past fifty years has changed dramatically. Now that the world population has reached the impressive number of seven billion and is expected to exceed nine billion in the next few decades, the issue of how the people are going to feed themselves becomes more stringent than ever. Fortunately, we’ve always found a way and you only need to think of how we handled the growing demand in chicken and beef to have a positive view on the matter. In fact, scientists worldwide are currently testing various dietary innovations to account for consumption needs in the future. Let’s review the potential foods people are going to eat in the future.

 

1. Genetically modified foods

Genetically modified foods

This technology is currently in its infancy and we’re already seeing genetically modified foods in the markets. What science intends to do from this point is find a way to improve the current existing aliments by transforming them into more nutritious, harder, bigger and tastier foods. In short, they plan on making food better so people need to eat less of it. The first advantage that comes to mind entails that farmers will grow plants faster and hence, the yearly production will increase. But who knows, if food can be genetically modified then perhaps in the future it can also be engineered to act as medication in case of certain diseases as well.

 

2. Nanofoods

Nanofoods

While many confuse the genetically modified food with nanofoods, they constitute entirely two different concepts. More exactly, the first implies altering the genes (and hence the aliment), whereas the second entails redeveloping the atomic structure of the food. Although not exactly nanofoods, the closest example that pops to mind are the preservatives currently used in numerous types of foods. The project is in a very early stage and it already has the ambitious goal of making the food taste accordingly with the preference of the consumer.

 

3. In-vitro meat

In-vitro meat

Because the vast majority of people living on the planet prefer meat, scientists have poured a lot of resources into replicating this delicious aliment. However, in spite of their efforts to replace meat with something else, the results have mostly been disappointing. The good news is that these days science focuses on a new idea to compensate for meat without having to grow and kill an animal for it, the in-vitro meat. If the outcomes of the project will prove positive, then we will not only have the best replacement for meat, but science will also make a big breakthrough in eliminating the world’s hunger problem.

 

4. Vegetarian meat

Vegetarian meat

Replacing actual meat with ingredients that have nothing to do with animals was not very well perceived a few years ago. However, as the meat industry becomes more expensive and challenging to manage, the idea of eating vegetarian meat does not seem so bizarre nowadays. The latest innovation in the field is the testing of fungi dubbed Quorn, a type of fungus that actually taster very similar to meat. Providing this works out well, the meat of the future will not only be cheaper but also significantly healthier.

 

5. Weeds

Weeds

The weeds that can constitute the dietary basis in the future are not necessarily the concept you are accustomed to in the traditional sense. It essentially needs to be a weed that has a great nutritional value and that also taste good, like purslane. Even though farmers are reluctant to grow purslane due to the fact that it tends to choke any other plant growing around it, scientists claim that it contains a bundle of vitamins and minerals, which make it a better alternative to carrots and spinach. Furthermore, it actually tastes good and perhaps the trump card of this weed is that it can grow anywhere.

 

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