The food industry is in the early stages of a massive transformation, powered by the combination of several major factors: food sustainability and supply concerns, consumers’ focus on health & wellness, and digital catch-up.​

​Agriculture finds itself at the intersection of two major challenges: improving yields to preserve global food supply while reducing carbon emissions. To achieve these targets, farming is relying on an increasing number of technologies including artificial intelligence, robotics and bioengineering.

Vertical farming, the evolution of farming, is also on track. ​Using city’s rooftops to grow vegetables or raise honeybees is a good start but indoor vertical farming is the way to go in order to reach mass production levels. New energy efficient lightning techniques coupled to sensors and automated computer-based management systems are giving life to this agricultural technique which delivers breathtaking results in terms of sustainability with 99% less water and 50% less energy usage.​

Food security and traceability to prevent contaminations appear as another priority in an era where health concerns are high, food supply chains are global and new foods come to the market on a regular basis (notably plant-based alternatives). ​

At the consumer level, new behaviors are emerging with an emphasis notably on alternative proteins, that bring both nutritional and sustainability benefits, and tracking/coaching apps.

As food and health are increasingly intertwined, a new generation of wearable tech and nutrition apps is also rising to prevent and manage chronic diseases and, obviously, obesity.​

Ultimately, with the generalization of DNA testing and algorithms to predict glycemic responses to different foods, personalized nutrition should become reality.


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