Before complex irrigation systems, farmers still managed to eke out crops even in the worst droughts. As water shortages become more common, today’s farmers are being forced to return to old ways of finding the water hidden in nature.
The death of important gut-dwelling parasites that we co-evolved with may be causing the rise in food allergies and other diseases. Now scientists are working on finding ways to have us and our worms live in harmony again.
Why carve out a farm on land when you can put it anywhere you want on the ocean?
Beyond Meat (which just received a big investment from the Obvious Corporation) is flying off the shelves everywhere it’s available. How do they make this devious chicken substitute? It’s all about the extrusion. Delicious.
As we get less space, more people, and worse weather, it’s going to take some crazy farming solutions to feed everyone. These are a few of the ways forward-looking farmers are planning on doing it.
The nutrients in human breast milk are incredibly important for a young baby’s immune system. But when that’s unavailable, perhaps a little genetically modified goat’s milk could help.
The actions of proponents of local and organic are having an effect on the food industry: It’s actually trying to do better.
High pressure processing--placing foods under insanely high pressure to kill bacteria--means that you don’t have to treat foods with chemicals or heat. You might have already eaten this pressurized food, because Starbucks is on board.
Through the process of biorefining, Hong Kong’s Starbucks are experimenting with doing something other than throwing out their old coffee grounds. They’re turning them into biofuels.