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What will the Future Food and Feed look like in Australia?

Updated: Jul 21, 2021

Australian food and feed trends 2021

Looking at the current food trends can give us a glimpse of the future to come.


The impact of COVID-19 on Australian Food system

What is innovative food?

What are the drivers for development of innovative food and feed?

Insects

Algae (micro & macro)

Cell culture or Cellular agriculture

Plant-based food as alternative protein

The impact of COVID-19 on the Australian Food system

The pandemic has affected food systems, food production, food processing, consumers behaviour and supply chain. Due to substantially higher food production levels compared to consumption, Australia does not have food security problems and is one of the most food-secure nations in the world. Despite the pandemic related hindrances, the innovative food sector is growing and showing no signs of slowing down. Consumers are increasingly shifting away from conventional meat amid headlines of virus-ridden abattoirs. The biggest threat to Australia's primary production systems remains the drought prone climate. As we look to the horizon, reshaping and improving food production systems is essential. Focusing on both human health and the environment, we have to fundamentally rethink the way we produce and process nutritious food with low environmental impact.

What is innovative food?

New food sources such as edible insects, micro-algae, seaweed, cultured meat, and plant-based foods are great complementary nutrient sources to conventional proteins like beef, chicken, eggs and milk. The development of new production farms and alternative cultivation is one approach to address the expected growing demand and environmental changes. Another approach is to develop food products d