Author Archives: FutureFood 2050

Mark Heiman

Nutritional therapies fight disease

Nutritional therapies fight disease

Chromeless Video Player branded for IFT Neuroendocrinologist Mark Heiman, chief scientific officer at MicroBiome Therapeutics, works with colleagues to develop unique nutritional therapies that are plant-based dietary supplements. Heiman emphasizes that people should eat more diverse diets and avoid habitual ones. In this video, he describes his team’s unique approach including the use of blueberries

Mark Post

Can lab-grown meat reduce food insecurity?

Chromeless Video Player branded for IFT Mark Post, professor of physiology from Netherlands’ Maastricht University, developed the first-ever in vitro hamburger with a team of colleagues in their university’s lab. This video highlights the potential of lab-grown meat to reduce food insecurity while lowering the environmental impact of agricultural production. While factoring in regulations, Post


The next elements in your favorite food or drink

Consumers increasingly want to know what’s in their food, whether it be protein, sweeteners, flavors, colors, or GMOs, and where the ingredients come from. They also want products that are perceived to be more natural and wholesome. The food industry has taken notice and is stepping up to the challenge. Here are 10 novel food

Futurist says to think big and ‘dangerously’

Chromeless Video Player branded for IFT Futurist, author and CEO of the innovation research group, Tomorrow, Mike Walsh was the keynote speaker at IFT15. He challenged the audience to think big and “dangerously” and ask questions about the direction the world is going within food technology, science, and global sustainability. Walsh, the author of The

Blue light special: Food preservation

According to an article on, new research shows the potential of using blue LEDs as a chemical-free method to kill bacteria that lead to spoilage. The researchers looked at the effect of blue LED exposure on three of the major foodborne bacteria: Listeria, E. coli, and Salmonella. They found that the lights succeeded in

Vertical farming

From New Jersey nightclub to vertical farm

At AeroFarms’ headquarters in Newark, N.J., the company has taken a typical warehouse building and converted it into a test farm—a vertical farm to be exact. According to the NPR article, the company controls the light, temperature, and nutrition these plants receive. They claim that vertical farming uses less energy for transportation, and requires less

GMO chickens coming to a coop near you?

The USDA reports that 48 million birds have been affected by the avian flu this year and it’s responsible for the eradication of chicken and turkey flocks across the United States. The solution? As Laurence Tiley, a virology specialist at the University of Cambridge, explains in a National Geographic article, it’s a genetically-modified chicken that

Crops in Space

One of the main goals of space exploration is for humans to explore and inhabit other worlds. However, it takes several years to travel from Earth to other planets. To survive the journey and live to tell the tale, explorers will need to grow their own food in space. Christian Science Monitor reports that astronauts