I’m spending an increasing amount of my time understanding how technology can help us address one of the biggest challenges associated with the rapid urbanisation of the world’s population: how to feed billions of extra citizens. We already use 60% of the world's fresh water to produce food, and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that we will need to produce 70% more food than today by 2050. Those numbers don't add up.
There are many ways that technology can help us to grow, distribute and use food more efficiently. What really excites me, though, is not technology, but the passion for food that I see everywhere: from making food for our own families at home, to producing it in local initiatives such as Loaf, Birmingham's community bakery; and from using technology in programmes that contribute to food security in developing nations to setting food sustainability at the heart of corporate business strategy.
I've written an article on my blog exploring some of the challenges involved in producing sustainable, healthy and tasty food for future cities, and some of the technologies that might help to address them. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on the subject, and to learn more about similar examples.