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Ten changes in our diet due to new … – agro-media.fr

TechRepublic review identified ten changes in our diet due to new technologies. Among them: 3D printing, precision agriculture or drones ….

With the development of new technologies, the ratio of consumers to food evolving. Journal TechRepublic recently presented an overview of the changes induced by these digital developments:

Precision agriculture

This is a principle of management of agricultural parcels is the optimizing returns and investments taking into account the different environments with new technologies. For example, there software to analyze weather or monitor levels of nitrates and phosphates in the soil. These tools help the development of sustainable agriculture.


The use of drones in agriculture develops gradually. They allow farmers to pinpoint a damaged and / or remotely monitor culture. The democratization of drones could however lead to more losses than job creation TechRepublic fears.

The Internet of Things

irrigation technologies and management tools are part yields Internet objects applied to food. WaterBee collecting such information on soil quality and helps reduce water waste through sensors without son. Sensors in the form of grain can also help calculate the temperature and / or soil moisture and help farmers adapt their use of fertilizers, remotely.

Waste Management

social networks and new technologies can help reduce food waste. The application allows Leloca eg clients to offers geo-localized reductions in restaurants-free table in a restaurant can indeed lead to a waste of food. The application allows 222 Million Tons for its plan menus for the week and its shopping list based on household size and food preferences. The LeftoverSwap platform connects consumers wishing to buy or sell remains at low prices.


The hackathon-portmanteau formed from hack-and is a marathon event that brings together software developers. There are now specialized in hackathons Food: Food + Tech Connect hosted the first of them in 2010 and the movement has since grown. A Kickstarter campaign was recently launched to Growing Innovation, an online community for sharing agricultural innovations and a map identifying sustainable farms.

3D printing

Printing 3D is still marginal in the food but the projects are multiplying. It is already possible to print candy sugar, chocolate, and even pasta. NASA is also interested in the technology to feed astronauts in space and works including printing pizzas.

The location of farms

The reduction of land available arable and willingness to innovate in agriculture push to find new locations for farms. Urban agriculture is growing particularly fast, but also, and this is more recent, underground agriculture. In London, a hydroponic farm was built in the abandoned tunnels of the Metro, to supply the restaurants and shops in fresh fruits and vegetables.

Access to recipes

Sites as Marmiton are now used as well as traditional cookbooks. According to a study Allrecipes, the United States, one third of respondents use their smartphone to find recipes. Furthermore, the Internet enables the design of revenue taking into account the different diets, gluten free and vegetarian for example. And that’s not to mention over the kitchen via Youtube or exchange recipes through social networks.

The promotion of local products

The locavores are becoming more numerous. Consumers want to know what they eat and where products come from. More and more sites are developed to implement consumer relations and local producers. Welcome to the farm, for example, launched its Facebook application to locate producers and farmers’ markets.


In France, where opposition to GMOs is fierce, they have not altered the eating habits. But the United States, as TechRepublic recalls the first genetically modified tomato was put on the market since 1994, and millions of hectares are devoted to the cultivation of GMOs. GMOs are in any case an important topic of debate and a major challenge for the future of food.

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