Can AI Help Build a Secure Food System?

Theuns Kotze, Managing Director, Assurance IMETA (India, Middle East, Turkey and Africa), British Standards Institution (BSI)

A few years back, the transportation and logistics segment accounted for the major shares of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) market in the Food & Beverage (F&B) industry. Now, factors such as the increased use of AI algorithms to ensure automatic procurement and creation of purchase and work orders and the rising need to keep up their procedures and processes will contribute to the growth of this industry segment. According to Precision Reports the manufacturers in the F&B industry can experience several benefits by deploying AI technology in the manufacturing sector as well in the coming years.

The incorporation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in food production is likely to spark a debate about ethics and governance across the entire supply chain. Whether applied in autonomous agricultural machinery, to reduce food waste, or to establish food standards, AI’s role in the process demands consideration. With more than 50 per cent of the population engaged in agriculture, which accounts for over 18 per cent of India’s GDP, there is a compelling argument to be made for leveraging AI to achieve improved outcomes. The United Nations predicts a 60 per cent increase in global food demand by 2050 to sustain our growing population. With agriculture contributing to around a quarter of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, feeding the world in a way that is safe, nutritious and sustainable, is one of the central and most complex societal challenges we face today. Can AI be part of the solution for food security? Can farmers and manufacturers collaborate to help make the food we eat safer, healthier, and better for people and the planet? And if so, how can we build trust in a food and farming system where AI plays a pivotal role?

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