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What If The Food Industry Ended Monoculture Farming?
Can sustainable agriculture and big food co-exist? The Future Market's Three Sisters Polenta shows why polycultures are the future of food.

Last Week's Top Food Tech & Innovation Stories
Food Network Launches meal kits with Instacart, meet the new kale, Dig Inn Invests in its cooks and more.

Food Tech Media Startup Funding, M&A and Partnerships: March and April 2016
While companies like Dinner Lab and Kitchit have shuttered, $2.02B was invested in food tech startups in March & April. Read more about Brita's thoughts on the future of food tech. 

Internet Of Food Series Featuring Farmigo's Benzi Ronen, Joanne Wilson, Robyn O'Brien & More
Don't miss ideas for how might we use technology, new business models and design to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone from Dig CEO Adam Eskin, Edenworks' Jason Green and New Harvest's Isha Datar.

We are thrilled to be partnering with The Future Market on their Future of Protein Dinner in NYC. Join us June 28 for a multi-sensory edible exploration of the past, present and future of protein. Reservations are going fast, so snag yours today. 

Special thanks to event sponsors: MOFAD - Museum of Food and DrinkThe Algae FactoryBitwater FarmsBugsolutelyExo and HDC.

FoodBytes! San Francisco is this Thursday, June 16!

Snag your spot to get an inside look at the up-and-coming trends and startups at the forefront of food and agriculture innovation

Get your ticket for 15% off with the code "FTC15" now. 


Can Farm-to-Table Tortillas Help Sustain Mexico’s Corn Heritage? - Civil Eats
Masienda supplies U.S. restaurants with Mexico’s rare heirloom, non-GMO corn for great-tasting tortillas, while supporting smallholder farmers and preserving genetic diversity.

This Startup Is Turning Leftover Beer Into Tasty Snacks - Mother Jones
An inside look at some of the food waste innovators featured at our April San Francisco Food Waste Meetup, including Regrained, Imperfect Produce and Back to the Roots. 

Keurig Cancels Its Keurig Kold Pod-based Drinks Maker - Food Bev Media
Keurig had invested $1 billion developing Kold and was hoping that the $370 machine would give it new space for growth beyond its core coffee business.


There Are 2,000 Empty Restaurants During the Day in New York — and This Startup Is Trying to Do Something About It - Business Insider
Spacious wants to turn restaurants into coworking spaces during the day. 

How Do Food Delivery Startups Stay in Business? - re/code
Munchery CEO Tri Tran discusses how Munchery has reached profitability in the Bay Area. 

The Leaky Bucket of Indian Food Delivery Startups - Medium
A mathematical analysis of the dynamics and unit economics of standalone food delivery companies in India.

India: Food Delivery Aggregator Khanagadi Raises Funding From Its Investors - TechStory
The delivery platform for railway passengers raised an undisclosed amount of funding from 50K Ventures, which it will put towards network expansion, marketing  and building its team.


Germany: A Startup That Wants to End World Hunger is Starting With A Tiny Indoor Vertical Farm - Quartz
Indoor farming startup Infarm has launched a small hydroponic vertical farm inside a Metro supermarket. 

Amazon Takes on Woolworths and Coles: Internet Giant Set to Launch Grocery Delivery Service in Australia - Daily Mail
It plans to launch its fresh and frozen food delivery service Amazon Fresh as early as next year. 

As Amazon Takes On the UK Grocery Market, Can It Deliver a Profit? - Guardian
Some analysts are predicting the US online giant could grab up to 3% of the UK grocery market by 2020. But it won't be an easy ride. In the US, the company accounts for less than 1% of grocery spending, eight years in. 


The Weather-Predicting Tech Behind Bayer’s $62 Billion Monsanto Bid - Bloomberg
The growth in digitally assisted farming is a key reason for Bayer's $62 billion bid for Monsanto, which has become a leading provider of analytics used by growers.

Ag Drone Tech Firm Sentera Completes $8.5 Million Capital Round - Star Tribune
The funding came from strategic investors in agribusiness and will be used for more hiring and to ramp up product development.

How Big Data Is Disrupting Agriculture from Biological Discovery to Farming Practices - AgFunderNews
A look at the disruption taking place in the industry through innovations in big data like precision farming, development of new seed traits and food tracking. 

Salmon Producers Challenge Food Sector to Increase Transparency - The Grocer
The Global Salmon Initiative issued a challenge to all food sectors to increase transparency by publishing key sustainability and environmental data. 

Ginkgo Bioworks Eyes Agriculture After Raising $100m for GE Microbe Manufacturing Business - AgFunderNews
The Y Combinator-backed startup genetically engineers microbes for partner companies in the flavor, fragrance and food industries. The Series C was led by Senator Investment Group.


What Are You Printing for Dinner? - Wall Street Journal
Very soon, we will be able to download and print dinner with 3-D printers that both cook and print meals. 

Can An App Help Us Move Beyond Food Porn? - Huffington Post
How food social platform Foodstand aims to bring previously disparate groups of consumers together under the good food umbrella.

This Robot Can 3D-Print a Pizza in Under Five Minutes - TechInsider
BeeHexes will be at theme parks, sports arenas, music venues and malls nationwide starting early 2017. Compared to human workers, the robot is faster, cleaner and more consistent.


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