Will AgTech Help Scale up Sustainable Food + Farming?
Tuesday, October 11
4:45PM - 5:45PM
Austin Convention Center Austin Suite
500 E. Cesar Chavez
Agfunder - Director of Investments
Trove And Acre - Founder
Better Food Ventures And The Mixing Bowl Hub - Partner
Mother Jones - Correspondent
AgTech is hot. AgFunder recently reported that some 499 agtech companies attracted $4.6 billion in investments last year, nearly double the $2.36 billion in 2014, and up from about $500 million in 2012. U.S. companies raised just over half that total, or $2.4 billion, and about $1.65 billion of the 2015 global total was for food e-commerce companies alone. There’s also been a huge jump in investor and accelerators to drive new technology; Monsanto and Campbell Soup Co. both now have their own venture capital operations. Along with new biological applications, farm electronic technology, including sensors, robots and drones, and big-data approaches, are all the rage. But questions remain whether ag tech will actually help farmers, and especially those who farm sustainably. Beyond vertical farming, meal kits, and new-fangled food stuffs like Soylent, what practical applications can tech have to scale sustainability?
- Event Type:
- Dual / Solo / Panel
- Food Systems
- startup central food systems funding
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