AP PHOTOS: Singapore gives the world a peek into our food future

Like much of the rest of the world, Singapore is racing to feed a growing population with limited natural resources. But with almost no land for agriculture this small, wealthy, fast-paced and densely-packed nation is doing so by embracing and encouraging new food technologies that may someday help feed us all.

The country of Singapore introduced a program in 2019 called “30 by 30,” with the goal of producing 30% of its food by 2030 using less than 1% of its land for agriculture. This initiative has sparked innovative ideas that may provide insight into the future of food as resources become increasingly limited worldwide.

This article is a part of The Protein Problem, a series by AP that investigates the issue of whether we can sustainably feed a growing population without harming the environment. For the complete project, please visit https://projects.apnews.com/features/2023/the-protein-problem/index.html.


Rooftop farms utilize a water-based system and solar energy to grow greens like kale, lettuce, and herbs, rather than using soil. Shrimp are also raised in warehouse facilities. At the company’s largest egg farm, automated machines are used to feed the chickens and inspect each individual egg.

Scientists are striving to create different types of flora that can thrive in harsh and artificial conditions, as well as finding methods to cultivate lobsters in a laboratory setting using cellular techniques.

Despite having government-backed entrepreneurs and advanced technology, the country is realizing that this type of change is not as simple as it may seem.

Customers may be hesitant to make changes, while businesses have struggled to make a profit due to high expenses.

It is uncertain if Singapore will achieve its 30% target by 2030. However, in the process, it may educate the global community on ways to minimize land usage for our preferred meals, through both achievements and setbacks.


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Source: wral.com