We are very proud of the coverage we've given the food and agriculture technology market over the year, but there are always, of course, stories in other publications that we wish we'd written!
It was a busy week for the agriculture sector including anti-Trump CEOs, cannabis legalization, organic farmland increases and GMO bans.
The idea for this week's podcast came from Sanjeev Krishnan, founding partner at S2G Ventures, the Chicago-based food and agtech venture capital firm.
This is Temasek's 3rd agtech investment in a year.
CRISPR has been lauded as the cheapest, fastest, and most precise gene-editing tool on the market, and it's not subjected to the tainted GMO label, but for how much longer?
The gene-editing powerhouse the merger between Bayer and Monsanto could produce has been less discussed in media and investment circles, but is a major part of the transaction, writes Emma Cowan.
Two startup resources have launched new programs promising investment and mentorship for entrepreneurs, while Monsanto withdraws GM cotton seed application in India, and two drones companies partner.
Investment into agriculture technology startups fell 20% year-over-year in the first half of 2016, as 307 funding deals collected $1.75 billion. At the same time, deal activity increased 7% and the number of unique investors increased 52% year-over-year.
Drone delivery, GMO labeling, antibiotics in cows, agtech startups joining accelerators, new hires, and food safety are some of the issues covered in the weeks' industry brief.
A group of researchers from Harvard University has teamed up with Monsanto to develop what could be the next wave of technology to fight pests that have become resistant to crops genetically-engineered to deter or kill them.
Is it possible that genetically modified crops are on the road to redemption in Europe? It looks like Bayer might think so after its recent offer to acquire Monsanto, writes Emma Cowan.
Freight Farms will use the NASA funding to build a new type of indoor ag facility based on its shipping container model, while a new report concluded that food products derived from GM crops are not only safe, but beneficial for the environment.
In agriculture, Caribou Biosciences is researching the use of CRISPR to promote drought tolerance, disease resistance, increase crop yields, and develop healthier crops.
A private equity exit, a new hire in the farmland investment market, continued public concern over GE food labeling, and the plight of the bee contribute to this week's industry-in-brief.
Vermont's impending GMO labeling is also covered in this week's industry-in-brief as well as a cartoonist who got fired from Farm News for offending a seed company.
Fish traceability, Paine & Partners Verdesian Life Sciences, farmland investment, GMO labeling, and dangerous pesticides make up this week's Industry-in-Brief.
The USDA's lacking regulation of gene-edited mushrooms has raised criticism while citizens in China protest Chem China's acquisition of Syngenta over GMO Concerns in this week's industry-in-brief.
Three industry mergers & acquisitions top this week's Industry-in-Brief as the debate over GM salmon and food labeling continues, and a Saudi Arabian dairy company's purchase of alfalfa land in California causes concern.
Vilsack's visit to Cuba with Obama, lighting indoor lunar greenhouses, winners of a water innovation accelerator, and Mars joining the GMO labeling party are all featured in this week's Industry-in-Brief.