When we picture where our food comes from we typically think of fields full of crops or herds of animals grazing. What we don’t tend to think of is artificially-grown meat, plants rising up the side of a building in the middle of a bustling city, or mountain-side farms tended by autonomous robots and drones.
With the global population set to rise to almost 10 billion by the middle of this century and around 24 billion tons of soil degraded each year, there is huge pressure on farmers and growers to meet the rising demand for food. Despite massive improvements in agricultural productivity, one in nine people today are still undernourished. And this pressure to feed the world is only likely to get stronger due to climate change and declining levels of arable land on which we grow our crops.
Everyone, everywhere should have access to safe, nutritious and affordable food. To help achieve this, farmers are increasingly embracing digital innovation to maximize the return from their fields, while scientists are developing amazing new technologies that redefine our idea of how and where we produce food.
From outer space to under the ocean, see how we are learning to grow food beyond the field: