Future Innovations

Innovations in modern agriculture have brought us improved varieties of seeds and more targeted and effective pest control tools that help farmers sustainably grow safe, healthy and affordable food. So what food innovations are next on the horizon? Scientists are currently working to…

Strengthen the human health and disease-fighting properties of foods by: 

  • Breeding tomatoes rich in the powerful antioxidant lycopene, or with higher levels of folic acid.
  • Developing corn and soybeans with increased vitamin C and E
  • DHA omega-3 canola

Make healthier, safer foods more available by: 

  • Reducing or removing allergen proteins from peanuts and soybeans.
  • Developing vitamin-infused crops for countries with widespread malnutrition.
  • Lowering levels of trans-fats or increasing levels of healthy fatty acids in oils.

Make foods taste better and reduce food waste by: 

  • Improving the shelf-life, texture and flavour of strawberries.
  • Breeding apples, tomatoes, bananas, melons and potatoes that don’t brown.
  • Growing sweeter peppers and peas.

Develop more precise growing technologies such as: 

  • GPS, satellite and light imaging to pinpoint pest-affected areas and spray only where pesticides are most needed.
  • Nitrogen-efficient plants that require fewer applications of fertilizer.

Develop hardier, more successful crops such as: 

  • Seeds that grow in drought conditions or in soils with excessive water.
  • Crops that grow in salty soils that would typically be unusable for farming.
  • Plants that can withstand viral and insect transmitted diseases.
  • Crops with that dry faster so they can be stored easily and with less heat energy.
  • Seeds that can respond to and defend against specific threats when triggered.