Future of Food - Webinar Series

Between May and October 2020, SGInnovate and the Netherlands Embassy have brought together Academia, Government and Industry in a series of webinars to explore what a circular, future proof system might look like in Singapore and The Netherlands.

Please find an overview with more information on each of the sessions below. All the sessions are recorded and can be viewed via our YouTube channel, via this link.

You can watch the wrap-up video for the Future of Food series here.

Series Introduction

To achieve Singapore’s 30 by 30 goal, to produce 30% of food locally by 2030, we can’t use traditional production ways, but we need to use new methods like fermentation, advanced biotech for protein production and indoor farms. In the rest of the world, innovation of the food system is highly needed as well. For example in diversifying food sources: as we are currently using just 12 plants to provide for 75% of the food supply.

Urban Farming

In the past, all farming happened close to homes. When transportation and storage over longer distances became available, farming moved outside of the metropolitan areas. Now, metropolitan areas have increased in size and the agricultural sector has to adapt, and play a role in climate adaptation. Urban farming is now especially interesting for dense metropolitan areas in Asia. Urban Farming Partners is working in Singapore to establish an urban farm with Dutch technology.

Valuing Food Waste

In Singapore and The Netherlands, almost 800 million kg food is wasted every year. If we could remove food waste (post-harvest and post usage) completely, we would not have to produce more to feed the world population. Lumitics (SG) and Wastewatchers (NL) are assisting F&B to reduce their food wasted  by data analytics and forecasting; ultimately it is important that the solution is economical as well. NTU Singapore and Wageningen University are finding new ways to reuse food waste such as fertilizers, nutrient recovery, or even to create biodegradable packaging. 

Closing the Loop

In the context of Singapore’s ambition to produce more food locally, much more resources such as energy, water and nutrients will be needed. In the Netherlands, the aim is to have a carbon neutral agricultural system by 2050, with maximally efficient use of raw materials. Both countries will have to innovate and use new technologies to minimise the use of resources and nutrients. Nutrient recycling and resource recovery are therefore key aspects of a sustainable, future proof food system. An integrated approach is needed to connect innovative technology providers, users and producers of recycled nutrients. 

Alternative Proteins

Asia-Pacific will contribute to around 90% of the 2.4 billion new members of the middle class entering the global economy. In view of this, animal-based proteins cannot sustainably feed this growing middle class and novel foods such as alternative proteins becomes a rapidly growing market. Protifarm, TurtleTree Labs and FUMI Ingredients provide alternative proteins from sources as insects, algae, and cell based methods.

Food Printing

Food printing can be used for many different purposes. It can provide new uses of foods that would otherwise have been discarded and it can make certain food groups more attractive for special populations such as children or the elderly. And lastly, it can combine different food groups such as different proteins and fat and to create a meat alternative.

Thanks to all of our speakers:

  • H.E. Margriet Vonno, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Singapore and Brunei 
  • Dr. Jui Lim, CEO SGinnovate
  • Renske Verhulst, Executive Director, Nutrient Platform
  • Arjen van Nieuwenhuijzen, CTO of Renewable Energy, Water and Resources, Witteveen+Bos
  • Shiva Susarla, Founder and Director, RENERGii Ventures
  • Adrian Yeo, Vice President - Innovation (Water), Sembcorp Industries
  • Adam Lyle, Executive Chairman, Padang & Co
  • Tom Mohrmann, CEO, Protifarm
  • Max Rye, Co-founder & Chief Strategist, TurtleTree Labs
  • Corjan van den Berg, CEO & Founder, FUMI Ingredients
  • Angela Tay, Venture Capital Investor, AgFunder
  • Cindy van Rijswick, Senior Research Analyst - Food & Agribusiness, Rabobank
  • Dylan Soh, Founding Member, One Kind House
  • Grace Lim, Founder, Urban Farming Partners Singapore
  • Luke Tay, Principal Futurist - Planning and Organisation Division, Singapore Food Agency
  • Mr Tong Hsien-Hui, Head of Venture Investing, SGInnovate
  • Prof Arthur Mol, Vice President and Vice Chair of the Executive Board, Wageningen University & Research
  • Dr Ralph Graichen, Senior Director Food & Consumer, Biomedical / Science & Engineering Research Council, A*STAR
  • Rayner Loi, Co Founder & CEO, Lumitics
  • Thomas Luttikhold, Entrepreneur, Wastewatcher
  • Dr Wei-Shan Chen, Assistant Professor – Environmental Technology Group, Wageningen University & Research
  • Prof. William Chen, Michael Fam Chair Professor in Food Science & Technology and Director, Food Science & Technology, Nanyang Technological University 
  • Armen Harutyunyan, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Agriculture, UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development
  • Elzelinde van Doleweerd, Creative Director and Founder, Upprinting Food
  • Dr Lee Mun Wai, Senior Technical Lead – FMCG Cluster, Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) at A*STAR
  • Anirudh Agarwal, Founder, Anrich3D
  • Moderator: Michael Petch, Editor-in-Chief, 3D Printing Industry