For all of us who may have forgotten, our food chain starts with photosynthesis. Yes, the process we learned about in elementary school. Everything alive on planet earth depends on the miraculous ability of plants to turn carbon dioxide (CO2), sunlight, and water into carbohydrates (sugar). CO2 comes from the atmosphere, actually, we have too much of it. Light is courtesy of the sun, but water needs to reach the plant's roots either naturally by rain, or artificially by irrigation. Without the constant availability of water, the food-producing machine called a plant works in a suboptimal way or stops working completely. The bottom line, if our crops don’t get a consistent supply of water we will have less food to go around.
The future of food lies in data transparency and sharing
The year is 2030. At the local grocery store, I pick up a bag of rice and scan it with my smart glasses. Its entire journey from the slopes of the Marmara region of Turkey to my soon to be delicious dinner dish unfolds in front of my eyes: where it grew, who the growers were, how much water, fertilizers and crop protection it consumed and how much energy was spent on delivering it to my local store. Numbers, facts, stats, and the shiny blue tag stating “Sustainably Grown Rice”. I pick it up, check out, and head home to cook dinner.