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HOW DEMAND FOR ORGANIC FOOD IS DRIVING BIOTECH INNOVATION

Focus: GS-III Science and Technology

Why in news?

  • The outbreak of novel coronavirus has refocused attention on animal farming practices and the additives that go into animal feed.
  • Even otherwise, there’s been a growing consumer pushback against dairy, poultry and fish pumped up with antibiotics, hormones and chemicals.
  • Demand for products from traceable, organic and naturally-bred animals is rising along with a shift to plant-based foods.

Start-ups are developing technologies to produce food in healthier and more sustainable ways. Some examples:

  • Robots that improve performance and breeding conditions in poultry farms
  • Digital tools to enhance the food value chain and respond to changing consumer expectations
  • Hand-held device that can detect pesticide residue levels in food
  • Fermenting methane into fish and poultry feed
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