Five of the Greatest Challenges for Food Industry in Ten TED Talks

Five of the Greatest Challenges for Food Industry in Ten TED Talks

Sustainability in production and business model, food waste, malnutrition, the managing of resource scarcity or the production of healthier food are some of the great challenges that the food industry must face in the coming years. Here are ten TED Talks analyzing these issues and presenting some proposals.

The following Ted Talk shows us through the eyes of 11-year-old Birke Baehr what is wrong with our food production system; from overcrowded farms to genetically modified crops. He calls for local food production and more transparency regarding food provenance.

Similarly, architect Carolyn Steel discusses the process of feeding a city, using the example of London from the past to nowadays, and addressing issues such as the value of food in shaping our lives, current cities’ food supply chains, or the role of the family and the local communities of producers in the feed.

Sustainable food system activist Ellen Gustafson discusses how the current global food system simultaneously generates problems of obesity and malnutrition. She highlights that one million people are hungry and one million are overweight and she advocates for creating a new one based on facilitating the access to nutrients and produce food sustainable.

Brian Halweil, author of Edible East End, Edible Manhattan, Edible Brooklyn, talks about how sustainable food production can contribute to solve other problems. He uses some examples like food able to clean pollution while growing, for instance, oysters, trees planted in fields as fertilizers and instruments to combat CO2 emissions, local grocers as providers of fresh food and promoters of a new local economy, etc. He goes from an environmental movement to a food movement.

The vice President of the Grocery Division of Walmart U.S., Jack Sinclair, talks of the economic inefficiencies generated by unsustainable actions in food production and on opportunities in producing more sustainable food. That is a moral imperative as well as a good business, he says.

Reducing food waste
Tristram Stuart is an author and activist against waste. Here he talks about the imbalance between the resources needed to produce food and the large amount of food that is wasted. Also, he examines the inefficiency of current food supply chains, stopping on the waste generated on each link of the chain.

The need of healthiest food
Jamie Oliver, is a British chef, from Essex. In this talk, he discusses how diet and food influence the evolution of mortality and the increasing of certain diseases. He also talks about the labeling of processed food and the cultural change that has led to a reduction of homemade food and the impoverishment of diet in schools, advocating for a move to a shift towards healthier diets, educating children about food and empowering families and people to fight against unhealthy food.

Managing the basic resources scarcity
The science communicator Angela Morelli talks about the importance of water as a resource for life and food production, as well as the water footprint and the water crisis in the following talk.

Combating hungry
Josette Sheeran, president and CEO of the Asia Society and ex vice chairman of the World Economic Forum, focuses on this TED Talk on one of the most imminent challenges to solve: malnutrition. She ensures that this challenge is not about producing more food, rather about ensuring access to an adequate nutrition. She presents several approaches to overcome this challenge.

Roger Thurow, expert in agriculture and author of The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community, talks about the impact of information to support local communities of farmers to fight hunger.

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