AgFunder’s mid-year investment report has found that ‘innovative food’ start-ups, notably those in the alt-protein space, attracted more investment capital in the first half of 2020 than in the entire previous year.
UCLA researchers have found that mice prone to obesity and diabetes metabolise fructose better after receiving faecal matter transplants from mice with more useful gut microbes.
UNSW has rocketed upwards in this year’s ARWU global research rankings to #74, and now outranks all other Australian unis with its across-the-board research performance.
Genentech is using big data, digital health tools and sophisticated analytics to improve individuals’ access to ‘life-altering, biomarker-driven therapies’, opening the door to safer, more effective medical treatments.
If all goes according to plan, the customisable electric utility-vehicle platform US-based, Amazon-backed automotive start-up Rivian is creating could be a game-changer for food supply chains worldwide.
Online ag-food supply-chain platform Lehe Food raised 400 million Yuan (US$56m) in its third round of funding, reflecting the rise of digital start-ups streamlining the journey from farm to fork.
This video highlights some of the high-tech commercial vertical-farming operations supplying fresh greens to cities across the world – and some of the big-name investors backing them.
As supply chains for traditional livestock products falter in countries across the globe, plant-based meat alternatives, such as those from Impossible Foods and Beyond Meats, are filling the void, with product sales skyrocketing in recent weeks.
Networks of mycelial filaments can mimic the texture of meat, minus animal protein’s outsized carbon footprint, argues this WIRED story on the future of fungi as convincing – and sustainable – meat substitute.
The USDA, via its new Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production, has announced US$3m in competitive grants for urban agriculture projects. It’s a win for those keen to bring fresh-food production closer to city consumers.