Can technology solve the world’s rising food problems? [Video]

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Emerging technologies like synthetic meat, GMOs, and robotic farms provide a glimpse of a coming era in which technology solves the world’s food problems. But some sobering statistics from the World Food Programme frame the scope of the problem we face today:

  • About 1 in 9 people worldwide don’t have enough food to have a healthy and active life
  • Nearly half of deaths in children under age 5 are due to poor nutrition
  • 1 in 6 children in developing countries is underweight and 1 in 3 have stunted growth

Clearly, the grand challenge of ensuring that everyone worldwide has enough to eat requires action now, especially when it’s estimated that the global population with increase by 1.2 billion in the next 15 years, according to the UN.

In this lecture clip, Nathaniel Calhoun, who is a faculty member of Singularity University, tackles the issue of global food security and explains that the future of food is intricately related to the economic resilience of the developing world.

So while emerging food and agriculture technologies are exciting and will no doubt solve some of the issues in the food space in a few decades, how do we feed everyone in the meantime?

Better education? cloud computing? policy innovations? blockchain technology?

[image: Dennis Jarvis/Flickr]

David started writing for Singularity Hub in 2011 and served as editor-in-chief of the site from 2014 to 2017 and SU vice president of faculty, content, and curriculum from 2017 to 2019. His interests cover digital education, publishing, and media, but he'll always be a chemist at heart.

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