The future of row crop production is exciting and compelling, and as innovators and investors discuss the “possible,” an important question lingers: how – and how fast - will the farmers evolve their practices and business models to be successful as tomorrow’s farm leaders?
Corporations with commitments to end deforestation across their supply chains are woefully at risk of failure, according to a report identifying Associated British Foods, The Kraft Heinz Company, and Avon among others at risk.
To mobilize the innovative power of the remote sensing sector for cocoa, the Rainforest Alliance recently announced the Ag-tech developer challenge – a call to remote-sensing, high-tech and earth-observation companies.
Regenerative agriculture is having a moment. For long-time regen ag practitioners and proponents, this is probably jarring. But having written about regenerative agriculture for five years now, I've never seen such engagement or our stories about this ultra-sustainable method of farming perform so well.
"Regenerative agriculture is a buzzy new term, but we did it this way 60, 70 years ago, before we started trying to commoditize everything. It can be done that way again," Chris Carter from online butcher Porter Road tell AFN.
Plant-based ground beef has become a staple at several fast food restaurants across the US. Now food retailers are demanding other alternatives, but creating viable plant-based alternatives for other food types like dairy, seafood, muscle cuts, and poultry could prove trickier.
The Census seeks to understand the scale and nature of Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) to better determine the roadblocks to accelerating the industry. This includes greenhouses, vertical farms, indoor rooms and hoop or tunnel houses.
“Not only is it harder as a woman, but my biggest problem is that I spent my years in the kitchen, not hobnobbing with people who decide where the money goes,” Alison Mountford says of her stalled attempts at raising venture capital funding.
UPDATED: 12:15 ET to add info about a Californian dairy initiative.
A group of leading food and agriculture companies led by Danone has formed a coalition to make the global dairy industry more sustainable by helping dairy farmers transition to regenerative agriculture practices.
Armed with $57 million, Future Positive Capital intends to place more bets on wonky tech ideas that have the potential to drive systems change while reaping profits in long-established markets, like food and agriculture.
Germany, which ranked fourth for agri-foodtech investment in 2018, is better known for its food tech successes than agtech, but a $100m deal last week for vertical farming group infarm brought the country's agtech industry into focus.
After being one of five grain trading houses slapped with a $29 million fine last year for engaging in activities related to illegal deforestation, Cargill is calling on competitors and colleagues alike to protect the region’s forests.