Advances in technology are increasing our awareness of the food industry and the ways we find, eat, and dispose of our food. It is allowing us to track, analyze, and understand the way our food system works to help reduce the amount of food waste and carbon emissions.
We must come up with innovative places to grow food as farmland becomes less available. In London, a hydroponic farm was built in abandoned underground tunnels that were once air-raid shelters, so that local restaurants and stores can have fresh produce and herbs. Hydroponic technology is gaining popularity because food can be grown without soil using a nutrient-rich water solution. Philips is working on creating special LED bulbs that produce specific wavelengths to appropriately grow plants indoors for Green Sense Farms in Chicago.
Promoting Local Food
As carbon emissions, industrial agriculture, GMOs, hormones, and become increasingly concerning, it becomes more important to know the lifecycle of food. People want to know where their food comes from. Websites like Farmigo is creating an online farmer’s market community of sorts by offering a place for people to find local harvest from farmers in their region. Farm to Table is a web service that has profiles of the farmers and the farms they tend, as well as detailed descriptions of the food that is available for purchase. It distributes locally grown produce, grass-fed beef, and cage-free chickens to independent grocery stores, restaurants, and cafeterias.
Technology is lending a great helping hand to the food industry by bringing in various innovations in the way it functions. It will only help the industry to flourish and reach new heights.