What is often overlooked is the complex system that allows food to move from field to plate, and what opportunities might exist for a more circular process vs. a traditionally linear process. Processes in place, and the required infrastructure, regulations, paths to market and appropriate financing are critical components of the modern food system; notably, one that seeks to be more transparent, ethical, sustainable and viable. Sophisticated technological infrastructure is frequently used to plan, harvest, process, package, transport, track, transform and monitor food, from the field, to the consumer, to a waste management facility, and, in some cases, back to the farm. Leaders in the future of food, with an emphasis on impact-oriented systems, and circular economy drivers, are reassessing these systems, processes, the human, natural and physical capital, as well as regional capacities for change.
Montreal is a recent winner of Infrastructure Canada’s "Smart Cities Challenge" and is actively exploring existing tech solutions which seek to solve complex food systems problems. Simultaneously, they are exploring how further support integration and local technological capacity building to make Montreal, Quebec, and Canada a world leader in Food Tech for Good.
Through this panel we will explore:
How can efficiency be increased across the sector, and for a diversity of end users? How can waste be reduced and circular processes increase resilience, while maintaining food safety, affordability, and availability? How can these processes shift to reinforce the collective objectives of a sustainable food system for all?