The future of food

About Molecular Gastronomy: The first thought that struck me about this topic was; people are willing to experiment with food and science when food preparation is involved but the same openness does not hold true for modified forms of food production. I say this because I am that human. I would try this form of expressive cooking but am anti-GMO.

Discussing the options of climate change. It is clear that we do not know what will happen – for certain. Experts have conducted SWOT analysis of the climate change issue and expressed what the fallout or benefits will be. Based on these predictions, we will have to (once again) change our perception of food. Species are expected to become extinct (both plants and animals). We will need to adjust the types of food that we consume (based on availability), change our farming practices (based on availability and climate). To preempt all of this, individuals need to take stock and see how we are contributing to climate change. The movement cannot be successful in curbing carbon emissions unless each human actively participates in efforts.

I am reminded of the drastic decline in honey bees. This issue is well known, still we have not made a significant dent in alleviating the problem. Yes, there are many new beekeepers but it is simply not enough. I was reminded of this because, just like climate change, the public was/is notified, yet the problem persists.

The author of ended her piece by saying “…those of us who care deeply about food must begin to discuss the options now.” We can start the discussion about what the future of food with regard to climate change looks like. But further action and outreach is required on a massive scale to even make these solutions valuable. If nothing, climate change might bring about a shift in the food system. Hopefully the negative influencers in the food system will be eliminated by nature’s rejection of their creations. Then humans can once again farm responsibly and not worry about waste, damaging the environment and hunger.

  • Will microbes cancel out the need for climate change genetic modification?
  • Will soil farming using microbes eliminate the use of pesticides?
  • Will the elimination of pesticides and antibiotics result in the reduction (and hopeful elimination) of illness and obesity?

This reevaluation of the food system, to me, is what must be addressed since current practices contribute to climate change. If practices are not changed, we face the issue of compounding problems when we succumb to climate changes.

One can dream 🙂

Readings:

Missing Microbes ExcerptFood for TomorrowClimate Change + TasteClimate Change Cuisine_ It’s What’s for Dinner _ Climate CentralMicrobes Will Feed the World, or Why Real Farmers Grow Soil, Not Crops – Modern Farmer

 

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