Future of Food and Agriculture

From edible alternatives to wasteful plastic packaging and innovative ways of cutting food waste to how blockchain could help poor farmers and what climate change will do to crop yields. Plus the growth of food allergies and why investors are getting interested in ‘veganomics’

Supported by Rabobank

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Investment is booming in autonomous machines to spray, weed and harvest

Tech start-ups are helping to change the throwaway culture

Climate change predicted to hold back growth in crop yields

Blockchain will enable cheaper and simpler cover

Medical experts and a sufferer discuss why concern is rising about reactions to foods

The environmental case for going vegan and why investors are paying attention

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There will be 2.5bn more people on the planet by 2050

Urban farming could produce 180m tonnes of food globally, according to researchers

Women owe growing role to conflict or technology but rights still missing for some

Drought-hardened Australia is trying techniques that can help the rest of the world

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