Cell-based agriculture – biotech summit to discuss the future of clean food

New Zealand produces enough food to feed 40 million people worldwide – almost 10 times its own population, but the way this food is produced, says BiotechNZ executive director Dr Zahra Champion.

The world cannot feed its children’s children with the food systems currently in use, she says.

In the next 25 years, all the additional food the global growing population requires will come from improvements to current food systems, before they reach capacity limits.

But BioTechNZ and AgriTechNZ are leading an event in Palmerston North on August 4 to discuss cell-based agriculture which can create products from cell cultures as opposed to whole plants or animals. Continue reading