Sainsbury’s has released a new Future of Food report exploring what high-tech solutions we will have to food in 2025, 2050 and 2169.
The report, commissioned by the UK’s second largest grocer, invited futurologists, plant scientists and food historians to predict “how our food could start to change in the future and what that might mean for our customers.”
It predicts everything from AI determined personalised diets, to lab grown meal kits, algae milk, and a strict diet of jellyfish and insect protein.
Within the next five years, the growing focus on environmental issues, health concerns and animal welfare issues is due to have an increasing effect on our diets.
There will be a major shift away from traditional farming techniques towards hydroponics, which allow plants to be grown without soil, potentially leading to supermarkets growing fresh herbs and vegetables directly instore.
As the adoption of veganism continues to rise, the search for alternative proteins is also expected to see the sector grow by more than 25 per cent by 2025. This will lead to the rise of products like algae milk, seaweed caviar and insects, which are already being introduced in the form of cricket-burgers and cricket-based pasta in parts of Europe.
By 2050 meat will almost entirely be grown in labs or 3D printed as the rapid population growth make traditional meat farming unsustainable.
Plant based growth serum and stem cells will be used to grow a range of previously animal based products including beef, fish, eggs, milk and gelatine.
Abundant resources including seaweed and jellyfish, which have exploded in numbers in recent years due to rising sea temperatures, will be incorporated into our diets in a big way.
Looking even further ahead, Sainsbury’s report suggests that by 2169 we will be reversing climate change by growing forests in deserts, and people will have microchips embedded inside them to establish their perfect diet.
Furthermore traditional food could be done away with altogether, replaced by patches or implants which deliver the exact daily needs of micro-nutrients.