In a new paper published today in Nature Food, researchers at CSER say our future food supply cannot be safeguarded by traditional approaches to improving food production. Conventional agriculture, they argue, is inexorably exposed to a litany of catastrophic risks. They suggest state-of-the-art, modular, controlled-environment systems producing 'future foods', must be integrated into the food system to reduce critical vulnerability to environmental changes, pests and pathogens. The production of these 'future foods', which include spirulina, chlorella, larvae of insects such as the house fly, mycoprotein (protein derived from fungi), and macro-algae such as sugar kelp, could - and ought to - change the way food systems are structured and operate, and ease the burden of malnutrition.
More media coverage of the paper:
- The Times: Climate change means diet of seaweed, maggots and algae
- The Telegraph: Add ground insects to pasta and burgers to overcome food supply issues, scientists say
- Yahoo News: Maggots and kelp must be mass-produced to curb global malnutrition – report
- Inverse: Alage, House-Flies and 4 other weird foods Scientists say are the future
- Barron's: Can Lab-grown Algae Help Tackle Hunger?
- Popular Science: Maggots and algae could be the sustainable snacks of the future
- Science Focus: Maggots and kelp must be on the menu to curb global malnutrition
- Daily Mail: Food of the future? Humans will have to incorporate MAGGOTS into their diets in the future to avoid malnutrition, scientists claim