Farming Today This Week: Future Food
This programme explores how food might be produced in the future. With a probable nine billion mouths to feed globally by the year 2050, how will our food production techniques have to change in the decades to come? Sybil Ruscoe chairs a panel debate with Dr Gary Barker from Bristol University, Shane Holland from Slow Food UK, and futurologist Dr Ian Pearson.
We hear from the winner of this year's BBC Food and Farming Awards "Future Food" category - a company called Growing Underground. It uses hydroponic techniques to grow salad leaves under LED lights, in former WW2 air raid shelter tunnels deep under the streets of London. Also featured in the programme is the winner of the World Service Food Chain "Global Champion" Award - a man who is pioneering the use of insects and maggots in feed for livestock. How much are insects likely to feature in the diet of both humans and animals in the future?
The programme also examines some of the other innovative techniques which are currently being tested as possible food sources for the future, such as laboratory-grown meat and 3D-printed food.
Presented by Sybil Ruscoe and produced by Emma Campbell.