The Food of the Future

2003, Society  -   12 Comments

There are 7.1 billion people on the planet today, and that number grows at a rate averaging around 90 million per year. These people of course need to eat, and while much of the world is currently experiencing the most abundant and healthy proliferation of foodstuff in human history, there is still a third of the global population that suffers from hunger - 30 people die of hunger every minute.

So as the population grows exponentially, the question is, and will continue to be, how do we feed this growing number of people in a way that does not diminish the quality of life via manufacturing side effects? The Food of the Future examines the outlook on just how we intend to do this.

After highlighting the problem and supporting it with a litany of statistics, the film turns its attention to early 20th century experimentation and food science developments. Norman Ernest Borlaug, an American biologist who would go on to be a Nobel laureate, is featured for having been credited with developing semi-dwarf, high-yield, and disease-resistant wheat crops that were able to produce record yields that saved millions of people worldwide from starvation and catalyzed the "Green Revolution," an agricultural boom that changed the way humanity sustained itself on our planet.

The page then turns to the status and development of animal husbandry over the years, which is not the most considerate towards the animals themselves. In conditions that are entirely devoid of those we consider to be natural and humane for the animals, the food they lead to is more prone to disease and a lack of quality because of the diminished lifestyle they lead.

This leads the film into alternatives to our reliance on current staples like beef and chicken - things like insects, crocodiles, and an assortment of ocean-based protein sources are posed as ideas that in many cases will require massive cultural shifts in what we humans deem acceptable and desirable food sources. "Aquaculture," as it is termed in the film, is particularly challenging because of the degradation we have imposed on the oceans and our lack of understanding of aquatic farming. If we are to make it as the 21st century plods on, that will have to change.

Ratings: 5.72/10from 53 users.

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12 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Hbhealthy

    Where are the picket signs? Where are the Americans who are protesting GMO's? I have heard of it happening in other countries why not here? How do we go about getting that started?

  2. valentin

    the meat came from an exotic country?!the documentary is by any chance funded by mcdonalds ?..

  3. doceanearthsky

    There is an excellent film that has just come out called Origins wich shows that growing organic gives high crop yields,restores the soil and doesnt poison our bodies or the earth. There is discusions on the veracity of how the chemical,geoenginering, and big agri corporations have hijacked the growing of our food supply and made it unhealthy for their own profits.There is over 12,000,000 organic farms now in over 50 different countries.This is the way to go for our species and benefits Mother Earth . It is a really good documentary.

  4. Craig Thompson

    Trouble I see with most of the grain and soy production is that it consumes fossil fuels and depletes topsoils and fresh water - leaving us with less soil, less fuel, less ground water and more pollution. Doesn't that create a population bubble that we have no way of sustaining?

    1. ameagher2 .

      The trouble with grain and soy is that a great percentage is fed to animals so's you can gulp a burger. VEGETARIANISM ... I'll say no more.

    2. Craig Thompson

      To feed the world on a healthy vegetarian diet, in a way that sustains soil and water quality would still require bio-diverse farming, Bio-diverse involves creatures plants and fungi cycling nutrients through their bodies in food chains/webs. That is the nature of sustainable environments.

  5. techcafe

    the world does not have a 'food shortage' problem—what we've got is a food 'distribution' problem. most of the food produced (fed to livestock) ends up feeding the gluttonous and unhealthy lifestyles of us consumer craphounds in the rich industrialized countries. and then, as if starving the world's poor wasn't bad enough, we turn around and WASTE more than a third of the food we consume! we are greedy and wasteful. if we switched to a mostly plant-based diet, there'd be more than enough food to go around. we'd all be healthier for it, fewer 'luxury diseases'… it'd better for the planet overall.

  6. edgedweller

    It takes up to 13 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of meat

    think about that for a second

  7. sebastien972

    We already produce far more than enough food to feed the entire world population comfortably for the foreseeable future. Most reasons for famine and malnutrition are the result of political and economical factors based on humans unstoppable greed and self promotion. Solving hunger via modifying the world resources is not the solution. We should rather, if ever possible, change ourselves first.

    1. WTC7

      I would only change one single word in your post - instead of 'most reasons for famine...' I'd say the 'ONLY reason for famine...'. are the political and economic factors, in the world of today.

    2. Jacek Walker

      Agree totally. There is no any dramatic need for food modification or tinkering with animal world. Let them live and die in freedom!
      There is enough natural food for everyone and probably even in surplus.
      The greatest challenge now is how to get rid of all the corrupted greedy politicians, dictators and tyrants who are the ONLY cause of famine and poverty in many regions of the world.
      To hear that there is not enough food for humanity while thousands of tonnes of it is wasted everyday without a flinch, is like hearing from politicians about the austerity for the masses while they themselves are swimming in luxury and gifting themselves with endless bonuses and privileges.

      Downright hypocrisy and cheek to put it mildly.

  8. Pascalore

    And there you have it. Save the whales by killing them for food and ALL controlled because of economics. This is how control over money is control over the entire world - on land, at sea and with weather modification, in the air. Unless WE THE PEOPLE of the world stop this insidious continuation of a Babylonian plan, the one world government will be able to control everything, and eliminate everyone they do not need. There WILL be a Zeitgeist/Venus Project world. Whether WE are a part of it is dependent on who is in control.