For the rest of the century, the food industry faces unprecedented challenges in finding ways to feed an overpopulated world with dwindling resources. The good news about the Food Industry is that it is taking steps now to prevent famines in the future.
More Vegetarian and Vegan Alternatives
A diet heavy on animal-based products like dairy, eggs, and milk cannot be sustained with a growing human population. The same amount of meat compared to the same amount of plant-based foods takes up more land, water, and other resources. Mainstream news has also promoted the inhumane treatment of livestock when in the past they ignored such stories. More customers are demanding plant-based alternatives to favorite foods like mayonnaise, scrambled eggs, and desserts. Companies like Hampton Creek and Impossible Foods are bringing vegan foods to the masses. More vegan products are getting more shelf space in conventional store chains like Target, Walmart, and Costco.
Less Artificial Ingredients
Doctors are warning people suffering from many kinds of medical conditions like diabetes, food allergies, and morbid obesity to cut back on foods containing artificial ingredients like coloring, dyes, and preservatives. Even food giant Kraft recently reduced the artificial ingredients in their popular boxed macaroni and cheese dinner due to customer demand. The current trend for “simple” foods with fewer and more pronounceable ingredients is not set to go away anytime in the near future. Even “simple” versions of popular grocery-store brands of pet food are gaining more shelf space.
More Emphasis on Locally Grown or Manufactured Foods
Recent food recalls due to toxic ingredients imported from China and other countries have revealed a huge weakness in the modern food industry. If ingredients rely on imports from countries not known for following food safety regulations or from countries prone to natural disasters or wars, then food production will be shut down. Importing food also burns fossil fuels that contribute to climate change. In recent decades, American farmers are becoming an endangered species as overseas competitors undercut prices. To keep Americans employed, to ensure a safe food supply, and to reduce fossil fuel use, more consumers are choosing to purchase food grown or made their own country or even in their own state.