Ag corporates in Latin America are sitting in the passenger seat instead of behind the wheel when it comes to agtech innovation and investment, writes Emma Cosgrove.
Thought for Food founder and CEO Christine Gould said that since her competition looks for both impact and commercial viability, the finalists in the TFF Challenge offer much more geographic variety than other food and agtech competitions.
Christine Gould has been running the Thought for Food (TFF) Challenge and Summit for six years now. But this year a contest usually saturated with biotech and digital startups had an entirely different theme among its applicants.
Despite pervasive consumer disapproval, scientists and seed companies have far from abandoned GMOs as a subject of research and development and some new approaches using GM technology could address the more pervasive consumer concerns.
Israeli sugar reduction technology DouxMatok has landed a partnership with Europe’s largest sugar producer Südzucker, and a similar US announcement is on the way
We caught up with Caballero in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to discuss how she evaluates digital ag startups and what her country's farmers really need from technology.
While it was a positive first step that the FDA addressing the space, how it will play out is still uncertain as participants debated who should regulate the products, what it should be called, and how its safety will be determined.
We caught up with former Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb to find out what the view of the food tech gold rush of recent years looked like from the grocery floor and what's on his mind as he shifts from CEO to advisor and investor.
We caught up with three foodtech startups at the United Fresh Show to find out how produce distributors, packers, and shippers are adopting new technology.
Though Bright Farms' funding hasn't quite caught up to its higher raising counterparts in AeroFarms and Plenty, the greenhouse grower appears to be the closest to being a national brand.
California-based remote sensing startup Ceres Imaging has raised $25 million in Series B financing from one existing and one new investor, taking the company’s total investment to $35 million.
iBio uses highly automated indoor farming methods to manufacture pharmaceutical drugs and, according to Barry Holtz, president, it already has much of the technology that today’s food-growing indoor farms are just starting to develop.
Finless is focused on culturing higher-end species of fish like salmon and bluefin tuna and expects to be able to sell their product below market price of $100-$200 per pound for bluefin by the end of 2019.
The proclaimed dominance of technology over biology by this category of entrepreneurs has left some food safety experts concerned that consumers could be getting the wrong idea and startups may be drinking their own kool-aid.
Tropic Biosciences is using gene-editing technology including CRISPR to optimize coffee and banana crops.
Phytelligence, a micropropagation business, and food assistance app developer Propel are both in disputes with industry players about the rollout of their technologies that could impact their success to the detriment of the industries they serve.
A few details about the future of venture capital at the new integrated Bayer have emerged, but according to Bayer Crop Science CEO Liam Condon, firm plans are still months away.
Crop Pro Insurance has canceled nearly 200 crop production hail insurance policies just a few weeks into the company’s first planting season in operation.
Bayer, through Condon, has indicated that it is aware the merger presents an opportunity to reset public opinion about controversial technologies like GMOs and Dicamba, but the executive announcement last week suggests a complete overhaul is not in the cards.
As the eventual conclusion of Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto draws closer, all eyes are on the German healthcare and agriculture giant to find out what the new normal will look like. In agriculture, Liam Condon, CEO of Bayer CropScience, will have the primary role in shaping that new reality.