By incorporating technology into the food sector, entrepreneurs in the food-tech space are providing solutions to the food shortage problems we are bound to face in the coming decades
Tech innovations in the food industry have made reimagining food possible. According to United Nations ‘World Population Prospects’ published in 2019, India’s population will reach 1.64 billion by 2050 from 1.43 billion. Feeding such a population requires massive amounts of food. And, the current meat industry can only fulfill to an extent without leaving scar tissue on planet earth.
Industrial meat production has its own share of harmful impacts on the environment. Ranging from deforestation and forest fires to climate change to increasing the risk of pandemics like COVID it harms the earth in many ways. Sustaining the world population while keeping this environmental impact low is food industry’s biggest challenge.
To avert this crisis we list below 2 revolutionary Food Tech innovations. These could help meet our consumption needs without a substantial environmental downside:
Lab-based Meat Production
Lab-based meat is a form of cellular agriculture. The process involves in-vitro culturing animal cells. Unlike animal slaughtering, this process doesn’t involve any cruelty. It uses enhanced food technology. ClearMeat, India’s first lab-based meat company is acing this space with its lab-cultured chicken meat mince. And, it is on its way to producing more varieties like tandoori chicken and chicken tikka masala.
Founded in 2018 by Dr Pawan Dhar and Dr Siddharth Manvati, ClearMeat recently filed for a patent for their cell-based meat producing technology. Speaking to The Vegan Indians Dr Siddharth said, “We have filed a patent for our cell-based meat technology and we are the first in the country to do so. The first product that we have created is minced chicken. We have done numerous pilot studies and minced chicken is the first to have passed those tests. It is currently in the stage of lab-to-industry transition. Besides minced chicken, we are also testing other cell types.”
Plant-based Meat Production
Popularly known as vegan meat, plant-based meat is not just an oxymoron but the future of food. This kind of meat is rich in nutrients and is good for our overall well-being. It also helps lose weight by reducing calorie intake and keeps lifestyle diseases at bay. According to the market research firm Research and Markets, the Indian Meat Substitutes Market is expected to reach a value of US $ 47.57 million by the end of the year 2026. Between 2021-2016, the estimated growth is 7.48%.
Plant-based Meat is seeing a lot of traction with companies like Vezlay and Greenest offering a diverse product range. Their offerings include various kinds meats like soya chicken strips, shawarma, scrambled egg, plant-based Kebabs, plant-based Keema etc.
Kannan Krishnamoorthy, Dinesh Jain and Gaurav Sharma established Greenest in 2017. “We are on a serious mission, a mission to get smarter protein on India’s plates. Humans are truly at a junction where they are re-examining and re-engineering the world’s food chains. re-examined and re-engineered to completely exclude animals from it. Until now, we seem to be doing a good job at it as our consumers tell us the Kebabs taste surprisingly similar to meat.” Gaurav told Green Queen
The food-tech innovations mentioned above are here to stay. By incorporating technology into the food sector entrepreneurs in the food-tech space are providing solutions to the food shortage problems coming our way. Their innovations are helping us save the environment. Thus enabling us to build sustainable ecosystems and reverse the damage caused to mother earth. Widely accepted around the world, food-tech solutions have bought about a significant change.