Yissum Research Development Company has brought a great deal of attention to Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the past week with their introduction of new technology capable of 3D-printing customized food. The personalization of printed food relies on nano-cellulose, which is a naturally occurring, calorie-free fiber. It is arguably the most intriguing aspect of this already attractive prospect.
How will the world cope with 10 billion mouths to feed by 2050? How can the same amount of food be produced in the next 40 years as in the last 8,000 years, on less agricultural land? How can malnutrition, which now causes more deaths than malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS combined, be prevented? These are the questions which are starting to trouble policy makers around the world, and technological solutions are being eagerly sought. A number of Israeli companies are tackling the problem of food production from different angles.