Future foods: what will we be eating in 20 years’ time?

August 6, 2012

Insects food stall in Bangkok, Thailand (credit: Takoradee/Wikimedia Commons)

Volatile food prices and a growing population mean we have to rethink what we eat, say food futurologists. So what might we be serving up in 20 years’ time, asks BBC News?

  • Insects will become a staple of our diet: a great source of protein, cost less to raise than cattle, consume less water and do not have much of a carbon footprint.
  • Sonic-enhanced food: certain sounds could make things taste sweeter or more bitter.
  • Lab-grown meat: a more efficient and environmentally friendly way of putting meat on our plates.
  • Algae can be grown in the ocean, a big bonus with land and fresh water in increasingly short supply, and the biofuel derived from algae could help reduce the need for fossil fuels.