Future Foods: What’s Wrong With The Way We Eat?

There are always children being born. Across the world, thousands of babies enter the world every hour, with the number of humans starting their lives being far higher than the amount finishing them. Of course, this pattern would be a challenge to change, though. Instead, to ensure that this change in population doesn’t have a negative impact on the world, it’s becoming critical that people start to hunt for ways to source their food in more responsible ways. To help you out with this in your own life, this post will be exploring some of the lengths being taken, and how you can jump on the bandwagon as soon as possible.

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Genetic Modification

A lot of people have negative ideas pop into their mind when they hear about GM crops, and there have been a lot of smear campaigns aimed at this sort of approach over the decades. In reality, though, genetic modification is a very natural process. Humans are able to use this process to make plants grow faster and more easily, survive in challenging environments, and produce higher yields, ultimately making the whole industry more sustainable. Some plants are simply unviable for mass growth when people first start working on them, but this can change very quickly over the course of a few generations.

Meat-Alternatives

If you’ve been into the frozen section of a supermarket recently, you will have probably seen the abundance of meat-free products which are starting to be produced. Raising an animal from being born to being ready to eat will take up a lot of space and resources. Fungus, though, can be used to produce food which is very similar, without having to use up a huge area for an animal. Companies like Quorn have been spearheading this sort of change, working for years to create alternatives to meat which don’t have the same impact on the world. You don’t need to be a vegetarian to enjoy the food which is designed for them.

Along with the products which a lot of people view as fake-meat, there are some other examples of this sort of effort which are being made to make food accessible to everyone. Using a process which replicates an animal’s body, scientists in several different labs have been able to grow real meat without having to have a live host. While this may sound a little bit too sci-fi for some, this sort of food is promising to make healthy meals available to millions of people around the world who would otherwise have to eat food which doesn’t provide enough for them, potentially saving loads from starvation.

Responsible Sources

A lot of the food which people eat doesn’t come from farms or factories. Instead, in some cases, food will come directly from the source. Fish are a great example of this, with most of the cod and salmon you eat being found in the wild. In the past, it was too hard to farm fish, but this has left the world at risk of losing some of the species which are most important to the world. Sustainable aquaculture is becoming an increasingly popular field, with people from across the globe throwing their hats into the ring, and loads of progress being made towards an environmentally friendly fishing industry.

Managed Farming

The land which farmers use to grow their crops is very important to their work. Without this resource, it would be impossible for them to do their job correctly, with animals and plants both requiring plenty of space to be able to grow. When this land is managed properly, though, it can start to cause problems for a farmer. With hundreds of plants sucking the nutrients out of it, using the same land for each season’s crops will rarely work, as there simply won’t be enough food for the vegetables and fruit being grown. The best way to solve this is through managed farming, and this is something which a lot of farmers are opening up to.

While plants will have an impact on the land when they are farmed with too much haste, animals can often affect one another when they are in extremely close quarters. While battery farming methods enable farmers to keep loads of animals at once, this process will often lower the quality of the end result by a huge margin. Along with this, these sorts of farms are producing incredibly high concentrations of pollution, mostly in the form of gas from the animals they keep. The only way to solve this issue it by simply spending more. Free range options might be a little pricier, but their impact on the planet has been far reduced.

The Balance

Finally, as the last area to consider, it’s time to think about the unfairness which comes with this essential resource. No one can live without food, but a huge portion of the world is forced to live with less of it than everyone else, simply because of the economy of the country they were born into. As time goes on, people are becoming more aware of issues like this. The world is still a long way away from balancing this out, though, and it could take a very long time for food to start moving towards the right places. With obesity becoming an increasingly big issue in some places, it’s easy to see that too much food is flowing to people who simply don’t need it.

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There are certain challenges which the human race has long struggled to overcome, and food is definitely one of them. Throughout history, people have found it hard to make sure that they have enough of the stuff all year round, and this is only going to get worse if changes aren’t made. Of course, though, this isn’t something which anyone can tackle on their own. Instead, the world needs to work together to make food fairer and more sustainable, and this is going to be a big enough task in itself.

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