PLEDGE NOW
The Future Of Food

On a crowded planet, it may get strange. We’ll dig in.

An unidentified produce employee restocks the shelf of bagged lettuce at a grocery store in Berkeley, Calif. (AP)

An unidentified produce employee restocks the shelf of bagged lettuce at a grocery store in Berkeley, Calif. (AP)

It’s 2035 and you’re sitting down to lunch.  The menu’s been changed up a little.  Nutritionally-enhanced blue lettuce from Afghanistan.  Rabbit, bugs, an African pizza may look good.  Fish, from a tank, for sure.  Growing at the speed of light. 

And a meat course pulled straight out of a bioreactor.  Cow, bison, chicken, pork – fresh from the test tube.  Oh, yeah!  Josh Schonwald used to call agricultural genetics “Frankenfood.”  Then he looked at the numbers.  Nine billion humans to feed soon.  It’s going to take more than crunchy organics, he says. 

This hour, On Point:  the food of the future.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Josh Schonwald, a  journalist and indoor aquaponic farmer, he’s the author of The Taste of Tomorrow: Dispatches From the Future of Food. You can read more about the book here.

Kurt Timmermeister, founder of Kurtwood Farms, a thirteen-acre dairy farm in Vashon, Washington which specializes in cheese production and weekly local dinners. He’s the author of “Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land.”

From Tom’s Reading List

Miami New Times “Former Miami New Times writer Josh Schonwald isn’t a psychic or a pundit, but if he had to predict the future of food (and give us a hot tip for investing our savings), he would do it in one word: purslane. ”

The Washington Post “Just about anyone who writes about food comes to the task with built-in positive and negative prejudices, so there’s nothing unusual about that. As one who can’t imagine getting through the day without a healthy (or unhealthy) helping of cheese, I obviously do not share all of Schonwald’s biases, but on broader matters, his views are much to my taste. ”

Huffington Post “The reason I’d been punting on the “Thou Will Eat” answers is because of what I’d learned about food prognostication – the Italian who portended the end of pasta, the two 40s-era idealists who predicted that plankton was the future of food.”

Excerpt: The Taste Of Tomorrow

Use the navigation bar at the bottom of this frame to reformat the excerpt to best suit your reading experience.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Jul 29, 2015
Federal investigators respond to the scene of a shooting at the Grand Theatre on Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Lafayette, La. (AP)

Guns, background checks, and mass shootings. A new outcry over the system that decide who gets a gun and who doesn’t.

Jul 29, 2015
The transit area at Terminal 3 in Singapore's Changi Airport, ranked as the world's best airport by SkyTrax, a UK-based travel consultancy. (WikiCommons / Jay8g)

New York City’s LaGuardia Airport to be torn down and rebuilt. We’ll consider what makes a great airport now, and how the US stacks up to the global competition.

RECENT
SHOWS
Jul 28, 2015
A portion of the cover of Julia Pierpont's debut novel, "Among the Ten Thousand Things." (Courtesy Random House)

Writer Julia Pierpont is getting rave reviews for her debut novel — “Among the Ten Thousand Things” — about a marriage in crisis. She joins us.

 
Jul 28, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama, center left , and Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn review an honor guard at the National Palace in Addis Ababa , Ethiopia, Monday, July 27, 2015. (AP)

The United States and Africa. What we see in and beyond President Obama’s big visit.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Q & A: Scott Walker On The Iran Deal, Huckabee Comments
Monday, Jul 27, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker explains his opposition to the Iran Deal, his record of statewide electoral victory and why he feels he’s set to win the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination.

More »
Comment
 
Q & A: Carly Fiorina On Trump, Sexism, And Being Cut From The GOP Debate
Monday, Jul 27, 2015

Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of computer giant Hewlett-Packard, joined guest host John Harwood to talk Donald Trump, the upcoming Republican candidate debate and sexism in modern life.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The News: July 24, 2015
Friday, Jul 24, 2015

You all really, really love to listen to our week in the news segments (that’s great) and we wonder why. Plus: Alex Trebek can’t really sing, in case you were wondering.

More »
2 Comments