The Future of Food

Food Forward

Food continues to take on new forms and formats. A fish fillet can be grown in a dish; a four-course meal can be enjoyed in the car. The pandemic has sped up some of that innovation while also adding a level of uncertainty: How will food be produced, packaged, transported and consumed differently when all this is over? Here’s a look at the people and processes at the center of those questions.

The coronavirus pandemic has upended daily life as we know it, including how we eat. With more meals arriving in a bag and being consumed at home, chefs consider the long-term impacts it could have on our food experience.

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“It can’t just be the conversation of just putting food in the hands of schools, but doing it in a way to build resilient communities that prioritize BIPOC farmers that have been left out and have not been part of the conversation.”

—Krystal Oriadha, senior director of programs and policy at the National Farm to School Network

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“You have all the positives of fish, all of the flavor, with no mercury or plastics or pollutants, in a highly sustainable product.”

–Lou Cooperhouse, CEO of cell-based seafood company BlueNalu

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For foodservice distributors, a future filled with uncertainty

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Changes to Food Production Are Coming Fast and Furiously

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Restaurant Business

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