There has been a recent upturn in the interest of the future of food. Of course, we are all invested as daily consumers, but with the emergence of new technology and the issues with current animal treatment conditions, there is a renewed surge among us to discover what our food will become. It is an issue of public health and safety that we find safe alternatives to the current state of our food industry. The important changes include:
- Personal nutrient trackers
- Customized food
- Man-made artificial meat alternatives
- Veggie burger – but not
- Service industry jobs being phased out
- Personal touch/connection
|Levels||Ideals||Coping Methods||Related Level of Food Evolution|
|Pre-Cognitive Animal World
Jungle/The strong survive
|Hunting & Gathering|
|Blue / Orange||Chaos – No order/Consistency
Opportunity flourishes/Creativity Rewarded
|Introduction to Agriculture/Farming|
|Materialism =/= Satisfaction = Humanity
No Guarantees – Man-made not working
|Egalitarian, Serve fellow man
Respect all resources to survive
|Restaurants / Public Dining
Utilizing all parts of animals.
|Turquoise||Problems are too great for individuals.
Order amongst chaos.
|Searching for solutions to population connectivity/disconnect||Current state.
Mass Animal Manipulation.
Unknown food origins/additives.
|Coral||Solutions fail to meet needs of individual.||Strong Self-Expression||Individual nutrient mapping/genetically enhanced food sources.
*The Coral level is a future projection based on current headings and emerging technologies.
- Personal Nutrient Tracking
While this technology is not ready to hit the stores, the patents are being issued. With the spread of personal health monitors, such as FitBit, Garmin, Withings, Kito+, and others flooding the market, we can expect a diet and nutrient tracker to be released in the near future. With the desire for personalized food options comes the need for personal food manufacturers. These personal-manufacturers would artificially create the nutrient rich foods that each person requires to remain in peak physical and healthy condition.
- Man-Made Artificial Meat Alternatives
This technology is already emerging and is said to be 15 years out before it is available to the public. I know that the idea of manufactured meats does not initially sound appealing, but it does open up a lot of possibilities for personalized diets and nutrient enhanced meals. It is not far-fetched when we consider the current manufactured foods, such as veggie patties. These new meats will be recreations of natural meats, but with the ability to eliminate the need for additives at the molecular level. Of course, for the humanitarian, this also eliminates the need for animal slaughter in order to obtain meats.
- Service industry Jobs – phasing out
This is a topic that has been of much debate as technology looks to alter the state of current industries – including the food & beverage industry. A reduction of jobs has already begun as servers are being replaced with tabletop tablet ordering capabilities. Of course, with change comes the introduction of new jobs to facilitate the technology, etc. There is a learning curve for the industry, and for the adoption by the public. Many restaurants will hold tight to their current state as we grasp for nostalgic processes and the human-factor. With the adoption of personalized food and manufactured meats the landscape of the restaurant could be altered drastically, or restaurants could evolve to function in the future.
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