During the 2018 Innovation in Food and Agribusiness Forum, Professor Harsharn Gill gave a very insightful presentation on global consumer food and dietary trends and the opportunities and challenges that this presents for the Australian food industry.

About Harsharn

Professor Harsharn Gill is Head of the Food Research & Innovation Centre at RMIT University. He has over 25 years’ experience in leading and managing food, nutrition and health R&D in private and public sectors. Prior to joining RMIT, he held senior R&D leadership roles in Australia and New Zealand, including Research Director at the Department of Primary Industries Victoria; Chair of Functional Foods & Human Health at Massey University, and Director of Milk & Health Research Centre at Fonterra, New Zealand. Harsharn has published widely and his research contributions have been recognised nationally and internationally with several awards and appointments to international expert panels, including World Health Organisation (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF).

Developments and trends

By 2050 the world’s population will be 10 billion and we will need to increase food calorie production by 69% to meet demand. Population growth is not the only reason more food is needed, there is also a spread of prosperity across the world, especially in China and India, which increases demand for meat, eggs, and dairy, and boosts pressure to grow more corn and soybeans to feed more livestock. So, how can we increase the availability of food while simultaneously reducing pressure on the environment? There is currently a trend toward more plant-based products and Harsharn sees great opportunity in Australia for developing and marketing plant-derived protein products.

Please enjoy Harsharn’s presentation.



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