How technology keeps shaping the food industry

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Food represents an important thing in the life of man. Without food, hardly will a human being survive beyond seven days and most will actually die within 3 to 4 days. All the energy we need to keep living and carry out our day-to-day activities is gotten from the food we eat. In short, without food, there cannot be life. Even the tiniest of living organisms still find ways to eat. As man keeps innovating with technology, the food that he eats has not being left out. The innovation might not be in terms of the food itself, but in terms of its preparation, packaging, storing, and delivery. However, in reality, the innovation covers the food itself.

Whoever said technology is not the most versatile development the human race ever witnessed told a fat lie. Virtually every aspect of our lives is dependent on technology. Our lives revolve around technology. It is the brain behind novel transport systems, wireless communication, innovative inventions pervading several industries, and even food – how it is manufactured, preserved, deployed, and quality control.


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Food technology is rapidly becoming a necessity in the food industry. When most people think of food, if it isn't a steaming hot plate of their favorite delicacy bursting with a festival of flavors, then it isn't anything short of it. Technology is the last thing that comes to mind when anyone thinks of food but it is noteworthy that the importance of food technology is growing exponentially and gradually stepping up to an indispensable position in the food industry.

Food technology refers to the science applied by food manufacturers to produce, preserve, process, package, distribute, and select food. It is a vast branch of science with sub-branches and sister fields including nutrition, quality control, and food safety management, food engineering, biotechnology, and analytic chemistry. Food technologies and scientists with research and novel development seek to improve and redefine the safety, nutrition, and availability of food in different parts of the world.

The fascinating aspect of food technology that keeps it increasingly interesting has to be its awe-inspiring and modern applications. Typically, food technology is targeted at improving the overall process of food, from production point till it gets to the consumer, however, with growing technological advancements, we are yet to see the best of food technology. Below are five applications of some innovative technologies for improving food processes and safety.

Robotics And Machines

The food industry no longer employs prehistoric methods of improving and overseeing the overall quality of food and nutrition. The use of robotics and machines in the food industry is rapidly evolving. Amongst a plethora of benefits, robotics, and machines in the food industry increase productivity and aids quality and affordability. Machines designed to work as a type of food technology reduces the cost of preserving foods especially perishable ones. In most parts of the globe, machines and robots are commonplace as they are widely used not only to preserve food or cut down costs but also to reduce the chances and risks of injuries in more dangerous job scenarios. This is just one out of many ways technology is improving the food industry.

3D printing

3D printing is becoming a well-known technological advancement widely used in different industrial sectors such as medicine and even the food industry is no exception. The food industry has employed 3D printing in several ways including printing food for individuals who find it difficult to chew hard food for consumption. Food technology is ascending new frontiers of innovation to give rise to several interesting inventions that will help food sustainability.

Drones

When it comes to how technology can make a significant difference, it can be seen in how drones work in the food and agricultural sector. Precision agriculture is a revolutionary technology set to completely reshape the food industry. Conventional systems employed human labor to monitor crop yields and soil levels but with drones, the use of GPS tracking systems and satellite imagery, surveying crop produce, soil levels, as well as weather predictions, are done effortlessly to increase efficiency on the farm.

Drones are used to locate and detect possible diseases and dead crops to attend to them as quickly as possible. This helps food workers be more efficient with their job and manufacture enough food for a growing population.

Packaging And Waste

The need for healthy and sustainable goods is high in demand. Technology application in the food industry has created several possible ways to enhance food packaging. Technology in packaging is changing how food is being packaged. With advancements such as edible packaging which leaves no waste to recycle, micro packaging that reduces the number of waste materials, and even bacteria-fighting packaging.

Sensors

Smart sensors are currently being used in the food industry to transform production processes, providing food workers with the right insights for work efficiency. These smart devices can control and facilitate each segment of every product and also check food conditions even on their way to the final consumer.


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Conclusion

Several advancements are technology applied in the food industry in so many different ways to make food processes better while reshaping and solving problems associated with food production. It is believed that advancements in technology readily evolving would over the next few years bring long-lasting solutions to world hunger and waste problems.

The adoption of novel and innovative technological tools in the food industry could establish new concepts for the benefit of both producers and consumers including accurate supply to meet increasing demand, reduced risk, and a safer production environment.

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