Rethinking Food & Agriculture

Precision Regulation – Policy as a key shaper of the new food system

There is a major disruption coming to the food system, one that is well detailed in our report Rethinking Food and Agriculture. In the report, we identify the core disruptive technology over the next 10 years to be precision fermentation (PF). The regulation of PF is key to shaping the disruption. Regulation and the food …

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The Disruption of Insulin – The First Product from Precision Fermentation

Today, we are on the cusp of multiple disruptions in food and  materials. So why now? In a previous blog we discussed how precision fermentation (PF) has been around for 40 years. We know this because we can pinpoint the first product commercialized from PF – human insulin. Human insulin is an illustrative example of how PF created a superior product that led to a rapid disruption of an incumbent product.

Take a Byte! Food-as-Software

Throughout history, technology has been the driving force behind major structural changes to the food system. The plough, fishing nets, irrigation, fermentation, canning, fertilizers, tractors and refrigeration, to name just a few, have enabled us to transition from hunter-gatherers to small-scale farmers to industrial food producers on a massive scale.

Precision Fermentation: What exactly is it?

Since the release of our report Rethinking Food and Agriculture 2020-2030, some of you have asked us to clarify and spell out exactly what precision fermentation (PF) means – what it is, what it isn’t and how it works.