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.
Finding alternative uses for methane could be an important tool in the fight against climate change as the gas is responsible for at least a quarter of global warming and is over 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.
“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.
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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.
Designed with farmers for farmers, Fieldin is helping farmers make more precise use of pesticide management inputs while improving yields and cutting costs. FieldIn was the winner of the Most Innovative US Startup Pre-Series A award at the 2019 Agri-FoodTech Innovation Awards in March.
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.
A new report predicts that technology will be a big player in the rapidly-transforming supermarket segment, including everything from streamlining back-end logistics to rendering checkout lines obsolete.
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.