Food Shortages and Food Price Fluctuations Are Things of the Past

June 2014
Thomson Reuters Predicts What the World Will Be Like in 2025
Food Shortages and Food Price Fluctuations Are Things of the Past

Advancements in lighting technologies and imaging techniques, coupled with genetic crop modification, provide an environment ripe for successful indoor crop growth and detecting diseased foods.

For a look ahead, Thomson Reuters analysts consulted the Web of Science and Derwent World Patents Index to identify rapid progress and emergent trends in scientific research and technological innovation, gauging the advances most likely to affect health and the quality of life in the next decade. Download the full report or see the 10 predictions.

With upwards of eight billion mouths to feed, the world will draw upon a confluence of agricultural science, genetics, and technology in devising new and optimal means of crop production.​

Simultaneous revolutions in both lighting technologies and imaging techniques will have far reaching effects in the next decade. Advancements in Organic Light Emitting Diodes, LCD and plasma technologies, alongside three-dimensional displays coupled with hyperspectral imaging, will improve year-round crop growth, helping feed the world’s eight billion people and overcoming environmental changes that will affect traditional farming.

In 2025, genetically modified crops will be grown rapidly and safely indoors, with round-the-clock light, using low-energy LEDs that emit specific wavelengths to enhance growth by matching the crop to growth receptors added to the food’s DNA.Crops will also be bred to be disease resistant. And, they will be bred for high yield at specified wavelengths.

Imaging techniques such as three-dimensional displays coupled with hyperspectral imaging will also be able to provide early detection of mal-developing crops and diseased animal proteins before human consumption.

Because there is reduced risk of crop failure, price fluctuations and food shortages will become things of the past.

Emerging research front: validating a method for the simultaneous determination of toxins and masked metabolites in different cereals and cereal-derived foods

Patent documents include various genetic food modifications, including a new spinach plant useful for developing further spinach hybrids and varieties with desired traits

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