Future challenges

Researchers are constantly working to address challenges that the world’s food supply faces now and in the future. Future challenges involve everything from producing more food with less resources to feed a rapidly increasing global population to developing environmentally sustainable solutions in response to climate change, or producing new food varieties with the potential to reducing the number of food-related allergic reactions.


Sustainable protein: Meeting future needs

30 June 2017

Substituting animal products with more sustainable protein sources (e.g. algae, insects, rapeseed, and legumes) are important for the future of food. So, what are our options?


Researchers develop new variety of soybean lacking the proteins that cause allergic reactions

12 August 2015

Soy is a legume cultivated worldwide for food and feed, and a well-established dietary source of plant-based protein. Nevertheless, soybeans are known to contain specific...


Food production 3/3: A sustainable food supply

02 June 2015

Ensuring a sustainable supply of food for the world’s fast growing population is a major challenge. Food production is one of the key areas that require action, alongside issues of food consumption, nutrition and food security.


Eating insects: cultural and individual experiences affect perception and acceptance

19 May 2015

Although insects are not traditionally eaten in Western countries, other regions around the world have long considered them acceptable on the menu. A recent paper published in the journal...


Use of water in food production

01 February 2015

Water is routinely used in food production as an ingredient, for cleaning, sanitation and manufacturing purposes. This article discusses the sources, treatments...


Climate change: Possible implications for food safety?

01 June 2014

There is a growing consensus that human activities may be changing our planet’s climate. These changes in climate have a number of possible implications for human health and welfare, one of which could be the safety of food.


From farm to fork: The farm, beginning the food chain

06 June 2006

Modern farming does its utmost to guarantee quality and safety in food production - thus addressing concerns that are uppermost in consumers' minds today.


A sustainable future for cocoa

03 July 1999

Theobroma cacao means food of the gods. It is also the botanical name for the cocoa tree, a much-revered crop for thousands of years. Satisfying the world's growing appetite for chocolate is an interesting case study in the development of sustainable agriculture.