The startups, corporations, and emerging technologies transforming consumer packaged goods.
“Greenhouse gas emissions, global warming, deforestation,” we all hear these words flooding our newspapers and television screens, we know the impact they are having on our ecosystem and our health, but do we know the true root of these environmental disasters?
Believe it or not, the way that we have been producing food since the industrial revolution is a major cause of our environmental deterioration. Agriculture is responsible for 75% of deforestation worldwide, and is the largest contributor of non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions. Our food production practices have caused substantial damage to our oceans, our land and our air. It has led to significant shifts in consumption and become a major contributor to obesity, heart disease and other food related diseases.
What’s more, is that with the expected population growth of 2.7 billion by 2020 and agricultural demands that will increase by 70%, our food production practices will continue to deplete and intoxicate our natural resources
In response to these alarming insights there has been a shift in consumer behavior and demand regarding food. Concerned consumers are demanding cleaner labels, a decrease in carbon footprint, and more alternative protein options.
To this end, companies such as Impossible Burger, Beyond Meat and Hampton Creek, are developing ways to produce viable meat replacements. Research in insect protein development are being spearheaded in Europe, with companies such as Protix are not only developing alternative insect proteins for animal feed and fertilizer, however they are working within organizations such as the International Platform […]