NYC Hosts First Food Waste Fair for Exploding Food Waste Innovation, Revealing Challenges – AgFunderNews

NYC Hosts First Food Waste Fair for Exploding Food Waste Innovation, Revealing Challenges

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New York is a good place to start if you’re looking to tackle food waste. The same population density that makes it heaven for delivery startups also means that food waste — possibly from those deliveries — is ripe for the taking.

Food waste issues are coming into the mainstream as investors and municipalities realize that there is money to be saved and made in keeping food out of the landfill, and this week the New York City Sanitation Department held the first ever NYC Food Waste Fair in Brooklyn to bring together city officials, chefs, investors, and food waste startups to do just that

https://agfundernews.com/nyc-hosts-first-food-waste-fair-for-exploding-food-waste-innovation.html

BREAKING: Syngenta Ventures Invests in Premier Crop Systems After Months of Trials with Software – AgFunderNews

BREAKING: Syngenta Ventures Invests in Premier Crop Systems After Months of Trials with Software

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Syngenta Ventures has acquired a minority stake in Premier Crop Systems (PCS), a Des Moines, Iowa based agronomic software tool in a growth equity investment round. The investment comes after months of Syngenta using the tool in multiple field trials. Syngenta was joined by some early investors in PCS.

This marks the company’s first round of external funding since early investment from angel investors around the company’s founding in 1999. The company has grown on revenue alone since then

https://agfundernews.com/breaking-syngenta-ventures-invests-in-premier-crop-systems-after-months-of-trials-with-software.html

Gene Editing Gets Public Market Approval as Calyxt Raises $64m

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Gene Editing Gets Public Market Approval as Calyxt Raises $64m IPO

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Gene editing has caused a lot of excitement in agriculture technology circles for its potential to produce crops, and even animals, with improved characteristics. The technique, which enables undesirable traits — such as intolerance to heat — to be edited out of a genome,  or preferred traits — such as high nutritional content — to be enhanced, has also been lauded as a “non-GMO” method of advancing breeding; creating crops with characteristics that many argue would naturally appear over generations through evolution without the introduction of any foreign DNA

https://agfundernews.com/gene-editing-gets-public-market-approval-as-calyxt-closes-64m-nasdaq-ipo.html

AgLink seeks $16.5m to improve farmer supply chain

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AgLink seeks $16.5m to improve farmer supply chain

Matthew Cranston

by Matthew Cranston

July 30 2017

Privately owned AgLink Global is seeking to raise up to $16.5 million in debt and equity for a proposed new agri-terminal at NSW Ports’ Enfield Intermodal Facility in Western Sydney.

With heightened focus on investment in new infrastructure AgLink undertook two years of industry consultation and feasibility research to establish that a new terminal would provide a significantly cheaper supply chain for NSW farmers.

Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre in Sydney. AgLink believes a new terminal will provide a significantly cheaper ...
Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre in Sydney. AgLink believes a new terminal will provide a significantly cheaper supply chain for NSW farmers. Photo: Supplied

AgLink Global joint managing director Justen Schofield said: “This project will significantly reduce supply chain costs, drive competition within the NSW agricultural industry and ultimately put more dollars in the hands of the producer and the Australian agricultural economy

https://amp-afr-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/amp.afr.com/real-estate/agrilink-seeks-165m-to-improve-farmer-supply-chain-20170728-gxkq6r

‘The Economy as Servant, Rather Than Master, of Nature’: Fritjof Capra on Ecological Economics | Sustainable Brands

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In a recent interview with author, educator and activist Fritjof Capra, we discussed the Earth Charter, an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. I wanted to follow up our conversation by discussing the concept of Ecological Economics – the intersection of economics, nature and society, a transdisciplinary approach to economics that myself and Maria Moraes Robinsonchampioned in our book, Holonomics: Business Where People and Planet Matter, and which Sustainable Brands has introduced at many of their conferences around the globe through our workshops and presentations

In his new book, Transformative Ecological Economics, Professor Ove Jakobsen of Nordland University Business School argues that we need to make a shift from the green economy, which only focuses on reducing negative symptoms to save the existing neo-classic economic paradigm, to a new economic paradigm rooted in an organic worldview. Transformative Ecological Economics was a really interesting read for me, especially as – along with Maria and I – Prof. Jakobsen too has been inspired by thermodynamics, evolutionary theory, anthroposophy and Buddhism. Ecological Economics is more than just an economic discipline

http://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/next_economy/simon_robinson/economy_servant_rather_master_nature_fritjof_capra_ecolog

2017: Agriculture Begins to Tackle Its Role in Climate Change | InsideClimate News

By allowing countries to decide how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the landmark Paris climate agreement opened the door to new solutions. And over the past year, many countries, particularly in the developing world, decided that an especially effective way to reach those targets is through their farms.

Nearly 80 percent of the countries said they would use agricultural practices to curb climate change, and more than 90 percent said they would use those practices in addition to changes in forestry and land use linked to farming.

“2016 has been a very good year for agriculture and climate,” said Martin Frick, director of climate, energy and tenure at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. “It’s become possible to finally discuss the elephant in the room.”

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/03012017/agriculture-climate-change-paris-agreement-global-warming-drought

A 21st-century investment in productive, sustainable agriculture | TheHill

A 21st-century investment in productive, sustainable agriculture

On March 15, 2016, more than 550 farmers, food producers and processors, student leaders, private-sector businesses, and representatives from universities and rural communities visited Washington to celebrate National Agriculture (AG) Day. Held each year since 1973, National AG Day helps consumers, the administration and Congress understand how farmers grow safe and affordable food, and underscores the essential role of agriculture in maintaining both a strong economy and national food security

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/energy-environment/273715-a-21st-century-investment-in-productive-sustainable

Nature Conservancy | A New Roadmap for Conservation

Mexico boasts some of the world’s most magnificent landscapes and an incredibly rich cultural heritage. Much of the wealth of this megadiverse country is housed in its 64 million hectares of forests, which cover nearly a third of its territory. These lands have supported human life for millennia, giving rise to great civilizations like the Aztecs and Mayans, whose descendants still live off the land today.

Around the world, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has gained a reputation for putting science and the latest scientific tools at the service of people and nature. One example is our work in Mexico’s Maya Forest, a stretch of 15.4 million hectares of tropical forest, where cartographic technology is helping achieve balance between human development and nature.

Gaspar Antonio Matu Canche works his "milpa" agricultural field in the ejido San Agustin, Yucatan. Photo © Erich Schlegel

Gaspar Antonio Matu Canche works his “milpa” agricultural field in the ejido San Agustin, Yucatan. Photo © Erich Schlegel

In the Maya Forest, Mexico’s largest stretch of contiguous forest, people and nature have coexisted for millennia, with varying degrees of tension. Today, despite expanding deforestation, forest degradation and a range of climate change-related challenges, it continues to be the life source of millions of local farmers and their families. It is also an economic driver for a thriving tourism industry and a vital source of food and resources for a growing population

https://global.nature.org/content/a-new-roadmap-for-conservation

Agricultural land diminishing, statistics show

At podium, Michael Graham speaks while Nelson Perea observes.

The Puerto Rico Techno Economic Corridor Inc. (PRTEC) has announced a new public private partnership initiative and the creation of a business incubator for young farmers and agricultural science students in Isabela, the Finca Explora Program: Agribusiness Incubator and Processing Center.

One of its partners is the Monsanto Company, whose contribution will consist of 120 acres of land and buildings with an estimated value of $1 million, located in their former Isabela Research Station, as well as providing technical consulting to ensure the program’s success, executives said Thursday.

“We have a strong bond with the municipality of Isabela, because we had our operations there for three decades and created a solid relationship with our community,” said Mike Graham, Global Breeding Lead for Monsanto Company. “Therefore, we wanted to leave a legacy and establish a structure where we could continue transferring our knowledge in technology and innovation

http://www.smh.com.au/national/agricultural-land-diminishing-statistics-show-20120525-1za05.html

CSIRO and Ruralco partnership to drive digital farming – CSIRO

$1.5 billion is invested each year in agricultural and rural R&D in Australia. This has contributed towards a 2.8 per cent per annum productivity growth over the past three decades and led to the application of new technologies across the agribusiness sector.

Through a series of projects to be rolled out in coming months, the two organisations will develop data-driven solutions for more efficient and sustainable farming.

The partnership will draw on CSIRO’s expertise in data science research and engineering, and proven track record of agricultural innovation. Combined with Ruralco’s on-ground network, the partnership offers potential to deliver new digital solutions to farmers throughout the country.

The joint areas of focus for CSIRO and Ruralco will include:

  • Exploring the potential of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones in long-range livestock detection to improve muster effectiveness
  • Nutrient and fertiliser management in areas of high conservation value, such as the Great Barrier Reef
  • The development of long-range sensing to automate and streamline operations, including water management, livestock safety and security
  • Adaptation of geospatial tools to provide an interface between Ruralco customers and their advisers, making use of real time data for improved decision making and planning.

Travis Dillon, CEO and Managing Director of Ruralco said he was delighted to be working with CSIRO to improve farm practices and better manage the environment

https://www.csiro.au/en/News/News-releases/2017/CSIRO-and-Ruralco-partnership-to-drive-digital-farming

Women Influencing Agribusiness and Regions – PIRSA

Women already play a significant role in South Australian agribusiness. There is enormous potential for us to benefit even more from female industry participation and leadership in the sector.

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), in partnership with women in industry and the community have developed the Women Influencing Agribusiness and Regions Strategy to exploit these opportunities

http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/primary_industry/industry_support/women_influencing_agribusiness_and_regions