Food and Innovation are two words that don’t usually go together, but now in 2017, these two seemingly polar opposite words are being used to re-define the food industry. Other words like “organic” or “sustainably grown” are hash-tagged everywhere. Earlier this week we meet with Uay Balam, a bakery in Barcelona that is going along with this locally grown and organic food trend, combining it with sweet and savoury food choices, and before that, in December we met with Food Inno and talked about food sustainability. This has inspired our blog post today, about what is happening in the world of food today regarding technology and sustainability.

 

Today, it seems that people are more aware than ever of what they are putting into their body and how it affects themselves and their world. As this knowledge increases, along with the continuing evolution of technology, the food industry is changing dramatically. Here are some things that the food industry is currently doing in innovation.

 

In the science department; with GMO’s (genetically modified organisms, and pesticide toxins), people are concerned with what they are putting in their body. Because of this, genetic testing is becoming popular so that we can streamline a diet suited to their personal genetic make-up.

 

A new type of dining experience called neuro-gastronomy is a science based idea that looks to alter our perceptions of the food we eat, rather than change the food itself. Within this emerging field is the concept of a multi-sensory dining experience, with light, sound, images, and aromas surrounding you as you eat.

 

What a time to be alive in the farming industry, as droughts and shrinking land making farming difficult, the farming industry is fighting it with new and innovative ideas. On the rise, are ideas like vertical farming; which practices producing food vertically like a skyscraper, within a warehouse and using controlled environment agriculture technology so that all environmental factors can be trolled. Hydroponic farming does not use soil but flowing, nutrient-rich water to grow plants. Aquaponics farming is similar but also uses fish waste to grow plants and produce, quicker, and more resilient to disease. Aeroponic farming uses nutrient-rich water as a mist which uses less water than the other two methods listed previously. Finally, with eco-friendly and self-sustainable being two key words of the decade, underwater greenhouses which use a form of hydroponics to feed plants in ‘biospheres’ that don’t need special temperature systems or LED lighting.

 

Check out our podcasts on food, sustainability, innovation, and organics here

There are a lot of other innovative things happening in the farming industry, but that will be in another post. So stay tuned!

 

Check out our other website  http://www.gastronomicmadness.com/ for some creative ideas about food, cooking, where to eat, food trends, and recommendations!

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