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Food, the final frontier of disruption

Technology is starting to change the entire food value chain, from farm to table

Our food systems are unsustainable. Today, agriculture accounts for 40 per cent of land use globally, and a whopping 70 per cent of freshwater consumption. It is also responsible for nearly a third of carbon emissions worldwide.

Yet our farmers are under increasing strain to produce ever more food as the world population swells and as more people embrace urban, meat-rich lifestyles - the United Nations estimates farms will need to produce 50 to 60 per cent more food by 2050.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 02, 2019, with the headline 'Food, the final frontier of disruption'. Print Edition | Subscribe