February 2, 2015

Big Ideas and Emerging Innovations

A 3D food printer. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

5 Amazing Ways 3D-Printed Food Will Change the Way We Eat
Researchers around the world are fiddling with ways to use 3D printers to make food. Their efforts could one day aid nutrition and sustainability. So far most of the work is in printing sugar and chocolate. But the growing momentum and early creations hint at something that will change the way we eat.
The Exciting Potential for Sensors and Drones to Combat Global Hunger
Equipping food-supply material such as storage containers, warehouses, and shelves with sensors allows us to know instantly the moment a shortage exists. With sensors, we don’t need to wait for a person to count hundreds of containers to realize that there won’t be enough food for the community. Sensors help remove those layers of inefficiency, shortening data’s transmission chain, skipping potential inhibitors, and triggering faster response times.
Seed Sensation - Can a UK Startup Revolutionize Agriculture?
UK-based biotech company Azotic is offering a deceptively simple fix to a major environmental problem, by developing a coating for seeds. Plants coated with this chemical fix nitrogen from the air, meaning they require much less from the soil. That in turn means farmers can significantly reduce the amounts of nutrient they apply. So potentially, Azotic’s coating offers a game-changing and affordable solution to farmers around the world.
Tossing Out Food in the Trash? In Seattle, You'll be Fined for That
Seattle is the first city in the nation to fine homeowners for not properly sorting their garbage. The law took effect in January as a bid to keep food out of landfills. Any household with more than 10 percent food in its garbage earns a bright red tag notifying it of the infraction. Single households will pay $1 per violation, but apartments, condos and commercial buildings could be fined $50.


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| By Roger Thurow

America's Oxymoron

It didn’t take long for the coronavirus to expose America’s shameful secret: hunger amid abundance.