Can agritech transform the future of food?

Can agritech transform the future of food?

Feeding the world is getting trickier. The sharp rises in the cost of living that followed the Covid-19 crisis have only been exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, known as the breadbasket of Europe. Longer term, the world’s population is predicted to rise to 9.7 billion by 2050 and global warming is transforming traditional patterns of agriculture in ways that are not easy to predict.

The sector itself is contributing to the problem, with global emissions from food production expected to rise 60 per cent by 2050. 

This leaves governments and landowners in an uncertain position, says Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall, a partner in Withers’ private client team who focuses on UK farms and estates. 

“There is a conflict of land uses at present. Over time we have evolved to maximise food production but there has been a carbon impact and a loss of biodiversity as a consequence of that. Since that’s been realised there has been much more focus on the environment. But the war has focussed everyone on food again.”

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