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Best of 2016: The AgFunderNews Jealousy List

December 29, 2016

We are very proud of the coverage we’ve given the food and agriculture technology market over the year, but there are always stories in other publications that we wish we’d written!

This is particularly the case as more and more mainstream media pick up on the opportunity for technology startups to disrupt the food and ag industry.

Some articles offer in-depth insight into the technologies or companies cropping up in the space, while others present new and interesting viewpoints about certain categories of food or agritech.

We hope we gave our newsletter subscribers a good snapshot of what other media were writing about the industry each week. But in case you missed any, and borrowing a Bloomberg concept, here’s a selection of articles we wish we’d written, or that have been particularly popular among our subscribers.

The best in-depth overview:

The Economist’s Technology Quarterly: The Future of Agriculture

The best piece of investigative journalism:

Bloomberg: How Hampton Creek Sold Silicon Valley on a Fake-Mayo Miracle

On big ag & consolidation:

Foreign Policy: Why Is China Spending $43 Billion for a Farming Company?

Quartz: Six companies are about to merge into the biggest farm-business oligopoly in history

MIT Technology Review: Bayer Buys In to Monsanto’s Vision of High-Tech Agriculture

New York Times: Why Industrial Farms Are Good for the Environment

Guardian: Farming mega-mergers threaten food security, say campaigners

On big food: 

Guardian: Big food faces annihilation unless it moves with millennials on health

Washington Post: The surprising truth about the ‘food movement’

New York Times’ Can Big Food Change Issue: The Fight Over Transparency in the Meat Industry

On genetics:

Modern Farmer: Still Life with Mass Hysteria: Are GMOs Really That Bad?

Grist: What the New York Times missed with its big GMO story

Ensia: CRISPR is Coming to Agriculture — With Big Implications for Food, Farmers, Consumers and Nature

Fast Company: The Shocking Amount Of Science And Tech That Goes Into A Can Of Tomato Soup

On alternative proteins & meat production:

New Food Economy: Is Big Meat the future of plant-based protein?

Food Dive: Plant-based sources don’t always complete the protein puzzle

Quartz: Being vegan isn’t as good for humanity as you think

Guardian: Food tech is just men rebranding what women have done for decades

Food Dive: As livestock antibiotics use declines, how are producers keeping animals healthy?

On precision ag & big data:

Fast Company: Why Agriculture Could Be Automated Before Other Industries

Newsweek: $32 billion market expected for agricultural drones 

TechCrunch: The land grab for farm data

On indoor ag:

Salon: Enough with the vertical farming fantasies: There are still too many unanswered questions about the trendy practice

On farmland:

Financial Times: The Great Land Rush: Investors face conflict in quest for farms


Civil Eats: The Dark Side of Agritainment

Modern Farmer: Everything You Want To Know About Turkey Sex

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