These Are The 50 Foods Of The Future

Did you know that there are over 20,000 known edible plant species worldwide? Yet according to the Food and Agriculture Organization 75% of the global population relies on just 12 crops and five animal species. This has caused major effects on food security, biodiversity, deforestation as well as health concerns. In response to these concerns, Knorr has teamed up with WWF-UK and leading scientists, nutritionists and agricultural experts, to compile the Future 50 Foods report. The report includes foods like parsley roots, pumpkin flowers and kale. These crops could not only be great for farmers wanting high yields but also more weather tolerant crops. We’ve listed all the future 50 foods below divided into eleven categories.

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1. Algae

  • Wakame Seaweed
  • Laver Seaweed

2. Beans & Pulses

  • Adzuki beans
  • Black Turtle Beans
  • Broad Beans
  • Bambara groundnuts
  • Cow Peas
  • Lentils
  • Marama beans
  • Mung beans
  • Soy Beans

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3. Cacti

  • Prickly Pears

4. Cereals & Grains

  • Amaranth
  • Buckwheat
  • Finger millet
  • Fonio
  • Khorasan wheat
  • Quinoa
  • Spelt
  • Teff
  • Wild rice

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5. Fruit vegetables

  • Pumpkin Flowers
  • Okra
  • Orange tomatoes

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6. Leafy greens

  • Beet greens
  • Wild broccoli
  • Kale
  • Moringa
  • Pak choi (Chinese Cabbage)
  • Pumpkin leaves
  • Red cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Watercress

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7. Mushrooms

  • Enoki Mushrooms
  • Maitake Mushrooms
  • Saffron milk cap

8. Nuts and seeds

  • Flax seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Walnuts

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9. Root vegetables

  • Black salsify
  • Parsley root
  • Winter Radish

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10. Sprouts

  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Sprouted kidney beans
  • Sprouted Chickpeas

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11. Tubers

  • Lotus roots
  • Ube (Purple yams)
  • Yam beans
  • Red Indonesian Sweet potatoes

“Demand for a wider variety of crops could provide more farmers in developing countries with a boost in income. If handled carefully, with safeguards against potential environmental, social and economic risks, it could mean they can send their children to school instead of to work, can invest in the farm and become more financially secure – the whole local economy could benefit.”

Sabita Banerji, Oxfam GB

The Future 50 Foods have the power to increase the nutritional value and decrease the environmental impact of everyday meals. We all need to be a part of shifting the food system by using our purchasing power to increase the demand for and supply of foods that are better for people and the planet. Start by choosing to eat a wider range of foods, including the Future 50 Foods. Large-scale change begins with small actions.

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