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The Who, What, and Why of Future 50 Foods
Future 50 Foods

Future 50 Foods: Who, What, and Why?

50 foods packed with vitality, flavour, and nutritional benefits down to its last fibres. Doesn’t that sound like something you’d love on your plate?

Welcome to the future of food!

We’re talking more nutrients, less impact on the environment. A reimagined “food as medicine” – small, simple tweaks to your diet, dishes and recipes that will give your health a boost and go some way in helping our planet get healthier, too.

No fuss, no complicated preparations, just easy-to-use ingredients that can perk up your next meal quickly and healthily.

What are The Future 50 Foods?

Think of them as the Avengers of the food world. Here to help remedy our health, from the inside out. They come from all corners of the globe, diverse, rich, potent and a fix for almost everything.

Vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds chosen for their special qualities to form a super-charged basket of future foods.

And when we say future, we mean exactly that; these foods are sustainable, hardy, and robust. It’s the food we need to create a healthier planet and healthier generations to come.

Food that’s accessible to all, like teff, all the way from Ethiopia - an amazing source of iron. From the other side of the globe, laver seaweed isn’t just a great carrier of Vitamin C; it can be grown and harvested all year round and needs no pesticides or fertilizers. Good for us and great news for the planet!

From the Philippines, get familiar with ube, a purple yam. Tasty, and rich in Vitamin E and fibre, this tuber is a sweet helper and can be used in baking, syrups or simply roasted.

These are just a few of the Future 50 Foods that will be coming to a plate near you…

Why Were the Future 50 Foods Chosen?

Our planet has seen better days, and so have we. In terms of our health, we’re not in great shape; obesity and chronic health conditions are ever-increasing. The Future 50 Foods project with Knorr and the World Wildlife Fund is about positive changes, one small bite at a time. Incorporating plant-based items into your diet is good for your health and the environment. 

Do you know that livestock production results in more greenhouse gases than all the cars, trucks, planes, and trains in the world? Opting for more plant-based foods helps lower this devastating impact on the environment and our climate, with the bonus of these Future 50 Foods all having great nutritional benefits. Plus, they’re delicious. Win. Win.

Who are the 50 Future Foods for?

Your neighbour.

The planet – and every generation ahead. 

Sounds like a lofty ideal but it’s possible. Many of these foods have been around for generations and proved their health benefits. It’s now about making those good choices accessible to all. Everyone benefits from the Future 50 Foods.

Who Chose the Future 50 Foods?

The Future 50 Foods was researched and written with collaborative input from many experts in food sustainability, agriculture, and nutrition. The report is presented by Knorr, WWF, and Dr. Adam Drewnowski.

  • Knorr has been a purveyor of innovative foods for over 175 years, and is actively working with farmers, suppliers, and chefs to fulfil their commitment to source all vegetables, herbs, and cereals sustainably by 2020.
  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is the world’s leading conservation organization, with a science-based approach, a global reach, and more than 5 million members.
  • Adam Drewnowski is the Director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition at the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, and a prominent authority in the study of obesity and social disparities in diets and health.

Enjoy These Future 50 Foods Recipes

We’ve whipped up loads of delicious Future 50 Foods recipes. Browse our recipes and be inspired to create your own, too. Remember, these are good for you and great for the planet.

Discover Future 50 Foods Recipes

Focus on all the exciting flavours you can add with plant-based foods. Try new recipes to help introduce different foods, such as umami-rich enoki mushrooms, or rethink the way you see familiar foods, perhaps by utilizing lusciously roasted walnuts in a savoury dish.

We could not find any recipes meeting your search criteria.

How about one of these?

  • Slow-Cooker Lentil & Sweet Potato Chili

    This Lentil and Sweet Potato Chili recipe will become a regular after you've made it once! Find out all the required ingredients and cook instructions here.

    • Vegetarian
  • Quinoa Crab Cakes

    A lightened up version of crab cakes that you can feel great about serving to friends, family and picky kids alike. Try it tonight!

    • Vegetarian
  • Classic Spinach Dip with Greek Yogurt

    Replacing the sour cream with nonfat plain yogurt gives this dip extra tangy flavour. Serve with crackers and veggies for a great snack.

    • Vegetarian

About the Future 50 Foods

From lentils to lotus roots, discover 50 exciting and delicious foods that are good for you and good for the planet.

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