Food and technology: New special report looks at innovation in the agri-food sector
Report from IEG Policy assesses the new technologies that are impacting agri-food production and trade, from gene editing to blockchain to drones, from a policy and regulatory perspective.
Technology has continually revolutionized the agri-food sector over the past 100 years or so. There is hardly any aspect of food and drink production today that has not in some way benefitted from new applications to improve effectiveness and efficiency.
Moreover, the rate of technical innovation in the sector is still accelerating as internet-enabled ‘smart’ processes, automation and genetic manipulations, among many other things, combine to offer the potential for further transformations and improvements.
A new special report by IEG Vu’s sister title IEG Policy, titled ‘Smart Solutions for Food and Farming: A Policy Perspective’, assesses the new technologies that are impacting food and agriculture from a policy and regulatory perspective.
Looking at a multitude of new and developing technologies from gene editing to drones to blockchain, this report examines a number of issues including the following:
What are the rules and policies governing these innovations, and are they encouraging new technological developments, or holding them back?
Does new ‘smart’ technology need government subsidies or grants to allow them to fully take wing, or will the drive for increased profitability be the main economic driver?
And where dilemmas arise, as they undoubtedly will, how should regulators go about trying to resolve them?
These are vital questions as the world faces the task of feeding a still-burgeoning global population through the 21st century.
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