Myriad 2018 was a positive stepping stone toward greater things-to-come in the field of Technology and Innovation. The three-day event arrived in sunny Brisbane, Queensland a few weeks ago and ran between the 16th and 18th of May.
Hundreds of speakers from all over the world tackled a range of complex and fascinating topics. Attendees had the valuable opportunity to ask questions, understand and even contribute to the future of our world. As a volunteer, I enjoyed all of these opportunities. I also appreciated the free event ticket and unlimited rides on the electric bikes scattered around The Garage.
The event explored the future of food, health, culture, play, work, cities, and money. I won’t pretend to have held an interest in all these areas, however. The events that I mostly attended were on the topics of renewable energy and agricultural farming practices. As well as, plant-based food, the health of our oceans and reefs and development of forward-thinking practices in the workplace. I will go into some greater detail on the two topics that most interested me.
Food is an extremely necessary and important part of everyday life. As humans, we currently rely quite heavily on meat as our primary source of protein. In fact, we Australian’s are considered to be the largest meat-eating population on Earth. However, these agricultural and farming practices are proving to have some seriously negative effects on the planet. As such, we have begun to seek alternative food sources. At the heart of this research exists plant and pea based proteins.
One particular Myriad panel set up to discuss this topic was made up of the founders of Good Dot, Hungry Planet, and Sunfed Meats. Each of these companies, in their own way, are setting out to pioneer the use of natural, ethical and protein-filled plant-based food sources. For instance, these include Chicken, Beef, and other meat substitutes. These products are produced without any animal slaughter and taste quite close to the real thing – I can vouch for this. So, they are environmentally sustainable, more cost-efficient and produced at a fraction of the cost of real meat, and ethically sourced.
This is an exciting topic, and while only a fraction of these companies currently sell products in Australia, the majority are planning to expand and appear in local grocery stores sometime within the near future.