Interview Series: Innovative Ag Part 1

Temple Grandin Hero

Breeding a healthier livestock industry

Breeding a healthier livestock industry

Improving animal welfare is crucial to long-term sustainability, says livestock expert Temple Grandin. Temple Grandin Animal scientist Temple Grandin is renowned for both her autism activism and her work to protect animal welfare in the livestock industry. A professor of animal science at Colorado State University, she has authored or coauthored more than 30 books

Paul Lightfoot Hero

A shorter path from farm to table

Putting greenhouse farms near big city supermarkets should be the next local food movement, according to BrightFarms founder Paul Lightfoot. Paul Lightfoot Paul Lightfoot’s personalized license plate says it all: EFISHENT. It’s a quality he honed when the former retail software developer helped very large corporations eliminate waste, time and energy in their supply chains.

In the pink: Speeding up crop growth

Tokyo plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura envisions a world of “pinkhouses” that use special LED lighting to drastically reduce growing time. Shigeharu Shimamura When Shigeharu Shimamura was a teenager in skyscraper-bound Tokyo, he had a vision of the future of agriculture. Indoor farms—fully enclosed, fully controlled facilities known as “plant factories” in Japan—would rise up throughout

Current Series: Innovative Ag Part 1

At every step from farm to table, agriculture industry pioneers are sowing the seeds of a sustainability revolution with new technology and new ideas like eco-friendly greenhouse technologies and offshore seaweed farms. FutureFood 2050 interviewed a diverse group of farming visionaries about how they see their work impacting the evolution of the agriculture industry and what kinds of advances we can expect in the decades ahead.

Find out about the pioneering agricultural innovations already beginning to shape the future of farming from these thought leaders:

  • Temple Grandin: professor of animal science at Colorado State University and autism activist who believes improving animal welfare is crucial to long-term sustainability
  • Paul Lightfoot: founder of BrightFarms, which develops hydroponic greenhouses at or near urban supermarkets to cut time, distance and costs from the supply chain
  • Shigeharu Shimamura: president of Tokyo, Japan-based Mirai Co. who is fulfilling his lifelong dream of building indoor farms around the world
  • Brian Walsh: 21-year-old leader at National FFA Organization (Future Farmers of America) encouraging a new crop of students to embrace farming
  • Charles Yarish: University of Connecticut marine scientist who is creating an eco-friendly seaweed industry in U.S. coastal waters

Coming next month: Watch for more thought-provoking insights about how our food will be grown and harvested in 2050 in Innovative Agriculture, Part 2.