Are we ready to start consuming meals from the lab instead of the paddock? With scientists working towards producing finless fish and chickenless eggs, this dilemma could soon be a reality.
This is just one of the many topics that will be discussed with a number of world class experts at evokeAG, to be held in Melbourne in February 2019. The trail-blazing, two-day event run by AgriFutures Australia will look at the important role Australia will play in creating and transforming the foods and farms of tomorrow.
Under the theme of `Food Farm Future’, the newly released program will include masterclasses, breakout sessions, industry speakers and support for start-ups and agrifood tech businesses. Emerging new industries across the agrifood tech spectrum will also be discussed such as the role of robotics in farming, solutions for the water crisis and why we could one day be serving up a plate of grasshoppers instead of steak as an alternative protein.
AgriFutures Australia, General Manager, Communications and Capacity Building Belinda Allitt, said the global event will bring together leading experts to discuss just what future generations will consume and how it will be produced.
“The timing of this event coincides with one of the toughest droughts ever faced in Australia and we know that science and technology could play an important role in finding a solution,” she said.
“The evokeAG program has been almost a year in the making and we can confirm it will be the most dynamic agrifood tech event that Australia has seen. We will challenge the conventions of how we think about what we eat and the ethics and impact of those choices. The sessions are thought-provoking, urgent and will ignite conversations that every single person and organisation involved in agrifood tech should be having.”