Tyson Foods Appoints its First Chief Sustainability Officer
Major poultry producer Tyson Foods has named Justin Whitmore to the newly-created role of Chief Sustainability Officer. The appointment follows the company’s introduction of a new initiative that puts sustainability at the core of the company’s future aspirations.
Hidden hunger is of the biggest global problems in our time; it's a type of malnutrition where people are getting enough to eat, but not enough nutrition for good health, life, or growth, according to Bev Postma, CEO of HarvestPlus.
The potential for drones to revolutionize agriculture reached fever pitch in 2015, but there were soon signs that the technology may have been overhyped. Step-in the next generation of drone tech startups hoping to resolve the main painpoints.
St. Patrick’s Day is synonymous with eating corned beef cabbage and drinking green beer, but it also gives us an opportunity to take a look at some of the latest agritech innovations coming out of the Emerald Isle.
ReFED Names Chris Cochran As First Executive Director
ReFED, a collaborative, cross-sector effort of 40 businesses, non-profits, foundations, investors and policymakers committed to reducing food waste in the United States, has named Chris Cochran, Walmart’s senior manager of Corporate Sustainability, as its first executive director, effective in April.
Further M&A activity from large agribusinesses like Jain is essential so we caught up with Observant to find out what pieces of advice the cofounder would give to farm-based agritech startups hoping to turn their businesses into acquirable companies.
Also, John Deere has opened a strategic technology office in the Iowa State University Research Park and Aggrigator launches a Farm to Shelf Marketplace for small farmers to sell direct to restaurants, schools, and grocery stores.
Investment in seafood and aquaculture technology increased 271% compared to the $52 million raised across both 2014 and 2015, but there is still a huge need for technology to bring efficiency and sustainability to the industry.
A meaty industry brief this week includes a lawsuit against larger food companies including Tyson and Perdue, new grant options for food & ag research, India's TIME winner of the year, and a plan to build 100 black soldier fly farms.