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According to the USDA, 9.5 million U.S. households had low food security in 2015
According to Austin Independent School District, 61% of Austin, TX students qualify for free or reduced priced meals
According to Foodday.org, 23.5 million Americans do not have access to a supermarket within one mile of their home.
A 2016 UN estimate shows the demand for food will rise by 100% by 2050 and that food production in developing countries will need to double.
Consumers are waking up to what’s in their food and where and how it was made. Innovations throughout the supply chain are disrupting even the most modern of food inventions and enabling companies to unravel much of what has been done to food over the last 75 years. Transparency, big data, the rise of social entrepreneurship and a new social awareness of health are creating a new landscape for suppliers, manufacturers, brands, retailers and investors.
What has been food’s evolutionary path and what ability does tech have to reduce food waste in our communities?
What impact does livestock have on our land, soil and the water we drink? What can be done to reduce the impact of traditional livestock farming?
What ways can industry players, governments, farmers and consumers do to reduce global warming?
How do we increase support of local farmers, learn from them and share their story?
How do food labels effect perception of products? How does the word “natural” pair into food transparency? What areas of improvement exist for labeling?
What type of financing has the most impact on growing “good”? What new ways can we empower financial institutions to drive change within the food space?
How can we continue to use tech to change the agriculture industry? What does the future of “plant vs. meat” look like?
Through these pillars we connect trend-setting entrepreneurs, technologists and visionary go-getters from across the food supply chain to work together and magnify the “new”, “positive” and previously unthinkable innovations happening in food. We’re not a conference, we’re not a tradeshow and we’re not like anything you’ve been to before. We start with service, build in networking and collaborate to solve problems.