Environmental impacts of novel food production technologies

Tuomisto, H. (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


The global food systems are facing the challenge of providing healthy and adequate nutrition to the world’s growing population in a sustainable way. Food systems are one of the major causes of environmental change contributing to approximately 25% of the total anthrophonic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally. Climate change is also affecting agricultural production as extreme weather events, such as heat waves, heavy rain periods, storms and floods, are becoming more frequent. Novel food production technologies, such as vertical farming, cell-culturing based food production (i.e. cellular agriculture) and meat substitutes made of plants, algae and fungi have gained wide interest in the past years as potential solutions for improving the sustainability of food systems. However, the consequences of wider scale adoption of those technologies are not known. This talk will present the current understanding of the environmental impacts of novel food production technologies, and outline ideas for further research to estimate the global potential of novel food production technologies to help with reaching climate targets and adapting to climate change. The aim of the talk is to initiate discussion (and possible research collaboration) about the possibilities of using artificial intelligence and/or machine learning in the modeling study outlined in the talk.
Period3 Feb 2020
Event titleFCAI Machine Learning Coffee Seminar
Event typeSeminar
Degree of RecognitionLocal