TXi Presents: The Future of Food Sustainability at SXSW 2022

Updated: May 10

If scientists are correct and the population will outgrow the amount of food produced by 2050, SXSW will be a pivotal event in human history.


Food waste will continue to plague Texas and the rest of the country until we adopt sustainable food systems. Alarming statistics show that 40% of all food produced in the U.S. is wasted.

Texas is one of nine states that rank higher than the national average for food insecurity, as 1-in-8 Texans or 13% of households do not have consistent access to food. That is unacceptable in the world's ninth-largest economy.

SXSW and its one-of-a-kind family of events showcased the innovators desperately working to sustain our food systems and solve humanity's greatest problem yet. TXi was able to speak with several unique minds and is proud to showcase the individuals who will be responsible for saving our species.

SXSW Showed That New Food Systems Will Have Some Bugs

Or they will be entirely built by bugs. Cellular agriculture was a polarizing topic throughout SXSW. This process focuses on producing animal products from cell cultures instead of animals. Namely, growing food from the tissues of insects to become the third form of sourcing animal protein for humans.

While growing food on insects may be necessary soon, there is still plenty of work to educate populations on the necessity of farming. One hundred years ago, America was home to 6.6 million farms. Today, that number has shrunk to less than 2 million.

Jason Halsey interviewed Aamar Khwaja, founder and CEO of modgarden, and Shelby Smith, founder of Gym-N-Eat, at The Future of Food special event to dive deeper into urban farming and insect protein.

Judge Gwyn interviewed Patrick Van Haren, co-founder of Quail Power and Nature Towns, at the special event to explore how regenerative agriculture startups tackle the food crisis.

Stay tuned for part two!


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