AgTech, Food Supply Chain startups and lab grown foods are booming. The Global Food Chain is being revolutionized by big data, blockchain and new innovation. Cutting energy use in food production is a huge opportunity, as McKinsey reports that the US food system uses 15% of total US energy. Another driver of these changes is the consumer’s preferences, from anti-hormone to cage free to organic.
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Watch this highlight video of Silicon Valley Forum's the Seeds of Our Future AgTech Program 2017. Over 100 AgTech industry leaders from 17 countries got the opportunity to learn about the hottest topics in agriculture and discuss agtech challenges and opportunities, as well as visiting some of the leading AgTech companies in Northern California.
Lab-grown meat could cut emissions, says scientists. Research shows that the global meat industry produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all cars, planes, trains and ships combined. But scientists in the Netherlands claim to be close to bringing laboratory-grown meat to the market.
One of Canada’s largest urban farming projects, Lufa Farms is the world’s first commercial rooftop greenhouse, a 31,000-square-foot space atop an old Montreal warehouse. They now oversee three hydroponic greenhouses, each placed on a sturdy, low-rise building, with a combined 138,000 square feet.
Watch this robot pick strawberries. Many farm owners hope it will help alleviate the impact of labor shortages.
Starbucks CEO, Kevin Johnson talks on CNBC about earnings, blockchain, and the future of the brand.