The future of food? From 3D-printed meat-free steaks to edible insect burgers, here are the modern meals we could be adding to our kitchen staples by 2030

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  • Researchers around the world are working on futuristic foods
  • This year, teams have 3D-printed a 3oz steak and a wagyu beef cut with marbling
  • Another group produced coffee from cells taken from the arabica plant
  • A major change in diet over the coming decade could see us eat more insects 

With the global food system responsible for a third of overall CO2 emissions, attention on climate beneficial foods has been slowly but steadily increasing.

Scientists around the world have been working to develop more sustainable foods, with wacky ideas ranging from 3D-printed meat-free steaks to edible insect burgers. 

'Novel technologies such as the ones developed in cellular agriculture are part of the solution, next to reducing food waste and changing consumer behaviour,' said Professor Mark Post at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. 

Period27 Dec 2021 → 29 Dec 2021

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