Need to Know: The future of food science
With more than 7 billion people living on earth today and an additional 2.5 billion anticipated by 2050, food demand is rising at an exceedingly fast clip. In a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, scientists warn that climate change is already affecting our ability to grow food and feed our overflowing population. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon put it bluntly: “The heat is on. We must act.”
Each year, the average person produces nearly 475 pounds of food waste. About 25 percent of the food in your refrigerator will end up in the trash can. A new kitchen device called the Food Cycler sterilizes, deodorizes and turns food scraps into safe, sterilized compost that can be reused as soil.