Let’s learn about the future of food

Technology and a warming world will change what you eat and how it gets to your plate

In the future, an array of technologies may help to bring tomatoes from farm to plate.

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Do you know where your food comes from? Unless you’re growing it yourself, that can be a bit of a mystery. What’s more, as technology advances and the world gets warmer, what you’re eating today may not be what you eat in the future. Robots may harvest your food or toss your salad. For protein, you may be eating insects instead of cattle. And sorghum may become a familiar foodstuff.

Want to know more? We’ve got some stories to get you started:

Robots will control everything you eat: Technology is changing the way your food is grown — and prepared (1/25/2018) Readability: 6

Crickets for breakfast? Eating insects could improve your health (9/12/2018) Readability: 7.9

Get ready to eat differently in a warming world: Climate change is making crops less productive, foods less nutritious and farms weedier (5/23/2019) Readability: 6.8

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Sarah Zielinski is managing editor of Science News for Students. She has degrees in biology and journalism and likes to write about ecology, plants and animals. She has two cats, Oscar and Saffir.

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