Food industry and technology

foodIt is a well-known fact that the advancements in technology are dictating the way other areas develop. But this is not the knowledge we apply to everything we see around us. For example, we would all say that the clothing industry is significantly affected by the different methods applied by different technologies. We would also say that the way we produce food is greatly affected by it. But only a few of us would remember to ask themselves how it will change the things we eat.

When it comes to food industry and technology, they have been closely related from the very beginning. People still make machines the purpose of which is to improve the way they produce food. One example is the invention of Giovanni Rana – machinery that allows pasta to be produced in plants in the same way it has been made by our grandmothers (read this article about Gianluca Rana and the made in Italy, it’s really helpful to help to understand Rana’s way of work).

But although Giovanni, along with his son Gianluca Rana, is helping to improve food industry, what we are talking about here are not machines, but the more advanced technology. Genetically modified food is one of such things, as well as the advancement we know most about. GMO, short for genetically modified organism, has been the cause for debate for quite some time, and while people disagree on how beneficial or harmful this will be for humans and the planet Earth, it can’t be denied that we now grow food that has been altered in a way that has never before been possible.

This, however, isn’t that far from the methods we have used since the dawn of time to manipulate fruits and vegetables. What we are talking about here are the advancements in technology that might sound like they are from a sci-fi novel, yet are very close to becoming our reality.

There are plenty of them, but one of the most interesting advancements of this sort is definitely 3D printing. This technology allows us to print a wide range of materials, including wood, metal and organic matter. It means that it won’t be long until we are able to produce a whole meal with the push of a single button. Although it sounds too futuristic to be true, printing instead of cooking food really is our future.