Providing everyone with healthy food without harming the environment will become increasingly challenging. The UN estimates the world population will be 9 billion in 2040. Food demands will change, emerging economies will require more meat, and at the same time certain limited resources such as water and phosphate will have to be managed sustainably.

One important piece of the sustainable puzzle will be finding alternatives to traditional meat, whether it’s researchers at Wageningen University working to persuade Western cultures to incorporate protein-rich insects as part of their diet, or groundbreaking research at Maastricht University to grow beef in a lab using cow stem cells.