Interview Series: Promising Technology

Stopping foodborne illness in its tracks

Stopping foodborne illness in its tracks

A comprehensive new gene cataloging project, says IBM research scientist James Kaufman, could help food producers prevent contamination on a massive scale. James Kaufman James H. Kaufman believes an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to food safety. That’s why he’s excited to be one of the leaders of

Farmers to reap benefits of ‘smart’ implements

Cutting-edge digital technology is sowing the seeds of more efficient, sustainable agriculture, says Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jorge Heraud. Jorge Heraud Drive any road in Salinas Valley, Calif., and you’re apt to see crews of workers stooping to weed or harvest fields of lettuce, spinach, tomatoes or strawberries. Sometimes called “America’s Salad Bowl,” this is John

Preserving fresh food longer without chemicals

Treating foods with high pressure rather than high heat or chemicals is a natural choice for better maintaining flavor and nutrients, says biologist Carole Tonello. Carole Tonello Carole Tonello likes to start her day with an energy-boosting juice made from raw kale, cucumber and spinach, but her morning rush doesn’t leave time to prepare it

Plant waste may find place at the table

Virginia Tech scientist Y.-H. Percival Zhang is turning plant waste into starches that could one day be ingredients in human food products. Y.-H. Percival Zhang Producing enough food and generating enough sustainable energy are two of our biggest challenges for the future. Y.-H. Percival Zhang, a Virginia Tech biological systems engineering professor, intends to meet

Current Series: Promising Technology

From growing chicken in a lab to turning agricultural plant waste into food ingredients, top food technology innovators today are creating the solutions to tomorrow’s food supply challenges. Many of the most promising initiatives are still in the development stage, but they have the potential to effect revolutionary changes in food sustainability, nutrition, agriculture and safety.

These technology leaders talked to FutureFood 2050 about how their innovative work could impact our food supply in the decades to come:

  • Carole Tonello: Industrial researcher working in Spain on high pressure processing (HPP) advancements to boost the shelf life of food without chemical preservatives
  • Amit Gefen: Israeli biomedical engineer launching a project to develop a lab-grown chicken breast
  • Jorge Heraud: Silicon Valley entrepreneur creating cutting-edge digital technology for more efficient, sustainable agriculture tools
  • James Kaufman: IBM research scientist helping to lead a comprehensive new gene cataloging project to help prevent food contamination
  • Todd Kuiken: Senior research associate for the Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, promoting informed policy-making for emerging “synbio” food products
  • Y.-H. Percival Zhang: Virginia Tech biological systems engineer turning plant waste into starches that could one day be food ingredients