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Food and Beverages | Tuesday, January 08, 2019

The food industry is one among the several industries benefited greatly due to the improvement in the digital world. One cannot deny the fact that food systems will involve technological updates like AI in not too distant future. Indeed, people are living in the environment surrounded by the headlines on 3D printed food, artificial meat, and artificial flavors like rainbow bagels. As new technologies are on the horizon, they eventually change people’s relationship with food easier than before.

A recent survey by the United Nations Organization for Agriculture and Food (FAO) states that livestock production contributes to 18 percent of global greenhouse gases. Several large companies in the biotechnology realm work hard to combat this situation using food technology.

As a result, starting from robots to smart ovens that can read recipes, food technology has evolved in recent years. Automation, robotics, and AI are bound to play a crucial role in the food industry in the upcoming years.

A recent report by the Refresh Working Group, funded by Google and led by the Swell Creative Group San Francisco, aims to better comprehend how AI would transform the food industry. According to Ali Lange, Senior Public Policy Analyst, Google, the report has been initiated to bring in the technological benefits into the food production, consumption, and distribution.

Food printing is one such food technology that involves food production using a computer. By producing food like meat using food printing, it achieves a 90 percent reduction of the greenhouse effect. Among industrial food companies, Food Ink is the first innovative food company based in London that produces 3D-based food. After the effort done by the Food Ink, many countries including Japan, China, Mexico, Spain seek to contribute similar innovations to their countries’ markets too.

Artificial meat is another technology that involves the laboratory preparation of meat using genetic engineering of animal cells. In order to express the results of artificial meat, specific data and algorithms are used. Open agriculture project, under Caleb Harper, aims to change the industry using AI, and create a more engaging and sustainable food system. According to food experts, technology has mutated in every part of people’s lives without their knowledge. The food industry is now transforming a step to make their lives easier than before.

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