Future of the food supply: IBM scientists tackle challenges from seed to table, to the trash (+ video)

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – IBM scientists this week will unveil technology and solutions to meet the needs of the global food chain as demand for products increases in the years to come.

In a blog post and video posted Monday before the IBM Think conference in San Francisco this week, Arvind Krishna, senior vice president for Cloud & Cognitive Software explained IBM’s thinking as part of “5 in 5,” Big Blue’s annual forecast on five technologies that will have a major impact on the world over the next five years.

“Over the next five years, Earth’s population will cross the eight billion mark for the first time. Our complex food chain – already stressed by climate change and a limited water supply – will only be tested further, ”Krishna wrote. “To meet the demands of this crowded future, we will need new technologies and devices, scientific breakthroughs and entirely new ways of thinking about food security and food security.”

Here are the “five” highlights:

From the seed …

Farming’s digital double will help feed a growing population using fewer resources

How to give access to credit to a farmer who has never set foot in a bank? By digitizing and capturing all aspects of agriculture, from the quality of the soil to the skills of the tractor driver to the price of melon sold in the market. It’s known as the Digital Twin, and within the next five years, using AI, we can use this data to accurately forecast crop yields, which in turn will give banks and financial institutions the data points they need to provide credit to help farmers grow – maybe money grows on trees after all.

To harvest.…

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Within five years, we will eliminate many of the costly unknowns in the food supply chain. From farmers to food suppliers, everyone in the supply chain will know exactly how much to plant, order and ship. Food loss will dramatically decrease and the products that end up in consumers’ baskets will be fresher – when blockchain technology, IoT devices and AI algorithms join forces.

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To the shelf …

Culture Club: Mapping the microbiome will protect us from bad bacteria

Within five years, food safety inspectors around the world will gain a new superpower: the ability to use millions of microbes to protect what we eat. These microbes – some safe for human consumption, some not – are routinely introduced into the foods of farms, factories and grocery stores. Thanks to a new technique that allows us to analyze their genetic makeup cost-effectively, microbes will tell us a lot about the safety of what we consume.

At the table …

Dinner Plate Detectives: AI Sensors Will Detect Foodborne Pathogens In The Home

Within five years, farmers, processors and grocers around the world, along with its billions of home cooks, will be able to effortlessly detect dangerous contaminants in their food. All they’ll need is a cell phone or a counter with AI sensors. IBM researchers are creating powerful wearable AI sensors that can detect foodborne pathogens anywhere and everywhere they can appear. These mobile bacteria sensors could dramatically increase the speed of a pathogen test from days to seconds, allowing individuals up and down the food chain to detect the existence of E. Harmful Coli or Salmonella before it becomes an epidemic.

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To the basket …

Plastic surgery: radical new recycling process will breathe new life into old plastic

In five years, the elimination of waste and the creation of new plastics will be completely transformed. Everything from milk cartons and cookie containers to grocery bags and cheese cloths will be recyclable, and polyester manufacturing companies will be able to take the waste and turn it into something useful. This transition will be fueled by innovations like VolCat, a catalytic chemical process that digests certain plastics (called polyesters) into a substance that can be fed directly back into plastics manufacturing machines to make new products.

Read the full blog online.

The presentation can also be watched live on Wednesdays from 2 p.m.

See this website for more details.

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