The “Transformative Twelve” can deliver significant impacts to food systems by 2030
The power of technology innovation is helping transform global food systems by helping to face the main issues on safety, quality, stability and enhancing the sustainability of the food chains.
Technology is driving change in the shape of demand (e.g. alternative raw materials and proteins; food sensing technology for safety, quality and traceability; nutrigenetics for personalized nutrition, lab-created foods), processing, preparation and distribution. Technology is also promoting value-chain links (e.g. mobile service delivery; big data and advanced analytics; ICT for real-time supply-chain; blockchain-enabled traceability), and it is creating more effective production and delivery systems (precision agriculture; gene-editing for multi-trait seed improvements; microbiome technologies to enhance resilience; off-grid renewable energy generation and storage; advanced robotics, Artificial Intelligence and 3D-printing). The GRIN (Genetic, Robotic, Information and Nano-processes) technologies are one of the models that is expected will have an impact on the entire socio-economic globalization context.
These trends are all based on a combination of the 4IR (Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0) technologies that can enable innovation and solve the challenges faced in food systems.