It is envisioned that Metro Manila will have a thriving food innovation ecosystem that provides adequate income to new breed of farmers and food workforce, nurtures consumer and environmental health, and adapts to changing climate. In other words, this is to reimagine our agri-food systems as future-proof to feed the people of Metro Manila while ensuring our planetary health that underpins our survival as a civilization.
Technological advances that will enable us to transition towards a circular economy in a resilient and sustainable city will thus play an important role toward a future-proof food system. These technology enablers will be used to close the current gaps of the food system along the value chain from the conception and design of the food product to its consumption and management of waste. At the same time, some technological advances will even disrupt the “business-as-usual” approach of the food industry, and create new pathways and circular business models along the agri-food web of production, distribution, manufacturing, marketing and consumption. For example, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRe) technology breakthroughs which are referred to an array of biological, physical, and digital technologies, and combinations of them will catalyze such exciting transformation across value chains of the said food system, i.e., from a dysfunctional one to a regenerative and nourishing food system.
Biological technologies such as aeroponics, bio-based materials, gene editing, cellular and tissue engineering are technologies based on the use of biological materials ranging from molecules to bio-systems and living organisms. Physical technologies such as material science and nanotechnology, 3D printing, energy storage and harvesting, spectroscopy and robotics are technologies based on basic properties of materials, energy and forces of natures and their interactions. Digital technologies such as big data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, cloud computing, internet of things and machine-to-machine communications are technologies based on computer, electronics and communication sciences, which make use of the increasing volume of information and connectedness of physical resources.