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A full recap of the Future of Protein dinner which happened June 28 in Brooklyn, NY. This dinner was the first in a new Future of Food dinner series, produced by the Future Market, that showcases the biggest ideas impacting our food system in an immersive, delicious dining experience.
 
Food Tech Media Startup Funding, M&A and Partnerships
May saw $155M in food tech funding globally. Close to 60% of capital went to U.S. companies, and e-commerce and delivery were the dominant sectors.

Our Food System Is Out of Balance, and It’s Time To Take Action - Food Policy Action 
Current food policies prioritize corporate interests at the expense of our health, the environment, and working families. Urge the next president to take bold action to reform our nation’s food system. Sign the petition!

Last Week's Top Food Tech and Innovation Stories
Farmigo shuts down, can tech money scale real food, $155M pumped into food tech in May and more. 

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A Vegan Mayo CEO Has Embarked On A One-Man, $200,000 Ad Campaign Against Donald Trump - Quartz
Hampton Creek CEO Josh Tetrick took out a full page add in the New York Times to write a letter to Donald Trump, in which he calls the Trump campaign un-American. Tetrick says he hopes the ad will encourage other business leaders to stand up and say something.

Researchers Have Finally Discovered the Key to Naturally Stripping Sugar from All Our Foods - Quartz
By deploying invisible fungi molecules to camp out on a person’s tastebuds while they chew food, MycoTechnology has found a way to block naturally-occurring bitter flavors that food companies have long depended upon sugar to mask.

Meet The LGBT-Owned Food Startup That Just Landed $500K On West Texas Investors Club - Fortune
Hip Chick Farms, maker of ethically sourced organic frozen chicken products, will use the funding from the CBS reality show, in addition to $2M in recent VC investment, to fund infrastructure upgrades, marketing efforts and additional staffing.

Congress Just Passed A GMO Labeling Bill. Nobody's Super Happy About It - NPR
Public policy groups are asking Obama to veto the bill because it allows food companies to use QR codes rather than transparent on-package labeling. Food companies and farm groups are convinced that pro-labeling groups are trying to use labels to drive consumers away from GMOs. 

This Camera Could Take A Picture Of E. coli Toxins - FoodDive
Using a camera and light-emitting source, a new system could help manufacturers detect active harmful Shiga toxins for a fraction of the cost of using a fluorometer. 



RESTAURANTS 


5 Brilliant Ways Restaurants Are Using Pokémon Go To Level Up Sales - Forbes
How restaurants are capitalizing on the Pokémon Go craze, from hosting Pokémon meetups, to offering free meals for diners who promote the game, to future in-game sponsorship opportunities.

Cisco Partners With Italian Innovation Hub To Launch A European Food Tech Accelerator - AgFunderNews
H-FARM will give early stage food and ag startups $22k in seed money, room and board, working facilities and mentorship sessions. The four month program begins in October, and applications close July 31.  

Jamba Juice Opens New Innovation Bar in Pasadena, CA - Nation's Restaurant News
The new space will be a learning lab where the juice chain will test various menu options and design elements that could be rolled out across the board. 

India: VC-Backed Food Delivery Startup BiteClub Pauses Operations - TechCircle
Joining other Indian meal delivery startups like MealHopper and Zeppery, the company has halted operations. It is working on a different strategy but did not specify reasons for the pause or details on the new strategy. 

UK: World's First 3D-Printing Restaurant to Open in London July 25 - Digital Journal
Food Ink will serve food via portable 3D printers operated by a team of gourmet chefs. All of the furniture, lamps and utensils will also be 3D-printed. 

Fresno Tech Startup Lands $500,000 In Seed Funding - The Business Journal
The startup provides location analytics to restaurant chains. The funding came from Fresno-based venture capital firm San Joaquin Capital and will be used to grow its team. 

UK: Amazon Eying Up London Restaurant Delivery Launch - TechCrunch
The e-commerce giant may be getting ready to launch its Amazon Restaurant service in London to compete with Deliveroo, Take Eat Easy and more. The service lets users order food from partner restaurants via the Prime Now app for one-hour delivery. 

RETAIL


This Texas Nonprofit Is Helping Low-Income Families Eat More Fruits and Vegetables - Civil Eats
Brighter Bites has distributed over 8 million pounds of produce to more than 20,000 families, and nearly 75% of them say the lifestyle change has stuck.

A Simple Change That Could Help Solve One of the Biggest Problems Facing Poor People - Washington Post
People in food desserts are more likely to have internet access than access to a car, so the USDA is recruiting online grocery delivery services to test the possibility of accepting SNAP.

AGRICULTURE


What Would Happen If the Secretary of Agriculture Became Vice President? - Food52
Edible Manhattan's Brian Halweil, Food Tank's Danielle Nierenberg, FERN's Sam Fromartz and more weigh in on the Tom Vilsack's possible candidacy as Hillary Clinton's running mate. 

The Resurgence Of Black Farmers - Civil Eats
After a long decline, the number of Black farmers in the United States is on the rise again.

The Yield Lab Launches Irish Agtech Accelerator - AgFunderNews
The Yield Lab Galway accelerator and fund will invest €100k into 8 to 12 startups over the next two years, providing them with one-on-one mentorship, free workspace and networking opportunities over a year-long program.

Paying Farmers To Go Organic, Even Before The Crops Come In - New York Times
The demand for organic crops is so intense that major food brands, like General Mills, Kellogg and Arden Mills, are helping farmers make the challenging and costly switch from conventional to organic. 

This Bill Could Keep the Government From Plotting Against Vegan Mayo Again - Bloomberg
The Commodity Checkoff Program Improvement Act of 2016 bill would make sure  that federal programs intended to promote the sale of agricultural commodities don't break the law by attacking competitors or attempting to influence public policy, as happened with vegan mayo maker Hampton Creek last year.  

EATERS 


Yale Engineers Think We Should be Designing Homes with Microbiomes in Mind  - Digital Trends
A new essay Buildings, Beneficial Microbes, and Health suggests we consider how to foster a positive microbial environment within the buildings we inhabit to improve our health. 

Health Atartup Lifesum Raises $10M Round Led by Nokia Growth Partners - TechCrunch
Draper Esprit, Bauer Media Group and SparkLabs Global Ventures also participated. The Swedish startup tracks what you eat and your exercise and says it now has 15M users.

Weather Or Not A Diet Works May Be In Your Genes - CBS News
New research finds that genetics play a role in how the body responds to certain eating habits, suggesting personalized nutrition may play an increasing role in the future of dieting. 

Half Of All US Food Produce Is Thrown Away, New Research Suggests - Guardian
The demand for ‘perfect’ fruit and veg means much is discarded, damaging the climate, leaving people hungry and amounting to half of all food being wasted. 

Patagonia Is Going To Make You Think Differently About Food - FastCo.Create
The apparel company's new documentary Unbroken Ground tells the stories of innovative sustainable food producers and explores why and how consumers' choices matter. 

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