A few years ago, in vitro hamburgers sounded like something out of sci-fi, but they have become a reality and may hit supermarket shelves within five years. Demand for meat has been on the rise for at least 20 years, and population growth and rising incomes are expected to further increase animal protein consumption between now and 2050. These prospects pose environmental and … [Read more...] about New Food 4.0 and Its Impact in Trade
Climate change is the greatest threat facing humanity. You don’t need to be an expert on the matter to accept this fact: scientists around the world have warned us at length about global warming, although many people strive to deny it. Farmers in Paraguay, people living in the Peruvian jungle, and beekeepers in Argentina have all noticed how unpredictable the weather has … [Read more...] about Disruptive Technologies (and Ideas) for Fighting Climate Change
We are living through a technological revolution, so does it make sense to think about integration in Latin America the way we did 25 years ago? Back then, when the MERCOSUR was created, there was no e-commerce, no sharing economy, no Internet of Things, and no artificial intelligence. Big data for logistics was science fiction and no one had heard of additive manufacturing. … [Read more...] about Four Core Features for a Smart Regionalism: MERCOSUR Futures
Handling large volumes of information that are constantly being updated is one of the major challenges that we will be facing in the near future. Large companies use big data techniques every day to get to know their consumers better and to hone their marketing strategies. Countries are also using big data to update their investment attraction policies and promote trade … [Read more...] about How Will New Technologies Impact Integration in Latin America?
Pepsi or Coca-Cola? In 2003, the neuroscientist Read Montague at Virginia Tech relaunched the so-called cola wars between the world’s two best-known soft drinks when he invited volunteers to compare the taste of the two. Just like the first time the two brands faced off in a blind taste test, back in 1975, over half the volunteers claimed they preferred the taste of Pepsi, a … [Read more...] about Local or Imported? What Behavioral Economics Has to Say about Integration