Smart Eating: The New Horizons of Improved Nutrition
Innovations in nutrition are quickly becoming more precise and personalized, and programs are becoming more sophisticated and comprehensive to meet the growing market. As the technology in our homes and kitchens becomes more integrated, the food that we eat must also keep pace. This session unpacks the wide range of technologies and solutions that companies and startups are developing to tailor nutrition, and the next steps for the market.
No Alternative: Why we Need the Foods of the Future
The world of ‘alternative proteins’ is growing larger by the day, with plant based, insect, and lab grown proteins finding their way onto menus and supermarket shelves across the globe. But there is more to these products then fads or trends: alternative proteins have the potential to solve the global food crisis and provide sustainable nourishment to billions. This panel will hear from some of the pioneers in the alternative protein market, where they will explain how their products developed, and how they could save the food system.
The Final Frontier: The Evolution of Technology & the Food System
Food and technology are growing ever more connected, with approaches like AI, Blockchain, and IoT entering into common usage by food producers, distributors, and consumers alike. How much further will we go? How much more can technology influence the food system? In this panel we’ll look at the state of the field today and hear from the principal actors in bringing technology and food together, and find out how these networks have changed the way that we eat.
Achieving the SDGs: Stories and Strategies for Reaching Zero Hunger
Reducing worldwide hunger and food security is one of the main Sustainable Development Goals, with international organizations, NGO’s, and Foundations all dedicated resources to finding real solutions to fight global hunger. In this panel, policy makers and global leaders discuss the innovative programs currently underway and explore the gaps that must still be filled by both public and private sector to achieve Zero Hunger.
Achieving the SDGs: The Sharing Economy and Sustainable Solutions for Building Communities
The cornerstone of each of the SDGs is creating awareness and a common cause to build sustainable systems for the survival of the planet and all of its inhabitants. As such, the sharing economy has an enormous role to play in building resilient communities that can develop solutions from within to tackle the challenges of creating better food for more people. This panel features community leaders, activists, and entrepreneurs that have developed solutions based on the principles of the sharing economy, and hear how they’re implementing these solutions around the world
Achieving the SDGs: Educating the Planet for a Better Food System
For each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, we must not only develops solutions but also create a culture where these goals become an integral part of our everyday lives. Promoting educational programs that teach communities to be resilient is a fundamental part of this shift, and the need to coordinate efforts across sectors is essential. This panel will look at some of the most successful educational initiatives around the world, and explore the ways that actors and activists have engaged people to be agents of change for a brighter future.
Achieving the SDGs: Solutions for Clean Water around the World
The need for clean and available water fundamental to each of the Sustainable Development Goals, for without a consistent source of water for drinking and maintaining lands, society would cease to exist. Around the world, water conservation and management initiatives are working towards solutions that can be adapted to challenging conditions and reach vulnerable populations. This panel will discuss the work of groups such as the Rockefeller Foundation to promote collaboration with different organizations to implement SDG 17, the commitment to clean water.
Anatomy of a System: How Circular Economy and Upcycling are Solving Global Food Waste
Food waste has drawn considerable attention in our contemporary discourse, and people are becoming more aware of the need to reduce the amount of food they discard in order to maintain a viable food system. However, the challenge of reducing global food waste is also a challenge to adopt a comprehensive set of practices that change our relationship to the food we grow, purchase, and consume. In this panel, we’ll look at how circular economy models and changing the entire life cycle of our food, and hear from leaders in the field about the innovations that are building the capacity of this system to solve the food waste crisis.
More than Just Straws: The Challenges and Solutions for Reducing Plastic Waste
Our relationship with plastic is a complex issue: on the one hand it is a necessity for our modern lives yet on the other hand much of the plastic we use winds up polluting our oceans, rivers, and water sources around the world. This panel brings together leaders and visionaries who are working to change the nature of our plastic consumption to both reduce the amount we throw away as well as to change the very nature of the products that we use.
Finer Dining: How Innovative Chefs are Putting the SDGs on their Menus and Becoming Agents for Change
The world’s great chefs are both the pioneers of cultural shifts as well as reflections of the common threads that bind us together. As awareness of the need for sustainable eating and consumption grows around the world, chefs from all levels have begun to integrate these values into their menus, developing techniques and recipes that are not only delicious, but are aimed at contributing to the promotion of a better food system for everyone. This panel is composed of chefs from all over the culinary map who have integrated the SDGs into their concepts, and they discuss the impact of this cultural shift on dining and eating.
Understanding Precision Agriculture : The Impact of Solutions on Policy and Investment
Implementing new methods of farming has a profound impact on the development of infrastructure around the world: from transport to energy, water management, urban development, and IT, each of these sectors must work in concert to support technology based farming solutions. In particular, agencies representing the interest of the developing world are dedicating resources to infrastructure, with water security and agriculture forming the foundation of these programs. This panel addresses the importance of the wider context in the promotion of innovative forms of agriculture, where leaders will discuss the impact of conflict, resource distribution, and political initiatives on the cultivation of a sustainable farming culture.
Understanding Precision Agriculture : How Technology is Transforming the Supply Chain
Advances in agriculture mean bigger and better yields, but in order to make sure that these products get to market the entire structure of the supply chain must be overhauled to maximize efficiency. Without transparent, traceable, and accountable distribution and monitoring, the foods that we grow may still not find their way to supermarket shelves. This panel looks at the entire supply chain and how it is changing as a result of precision agriculture, with experts in the field discussing their projects and explaining the scope and impact of a more resilient food system.
Controlling for Change: Can CEA Feed the Planet (and Beyond)?
We’ve all read about the possibility of life on other planets, but how will we grow what we need on this planet before we take to the skies? Controlled Environment Agriculture is developing innovative solutions to farming in the most inhospitable climates, and these projects have the potential to revitalize the food system on the Earth as well as being adapted to sustaining life on other planets. We’ll hear from the visionaries using technology to grow, cultivate, and harvest crops in the most incredible ways and find out how far we are from taking the great leap into the universe.
Hand Made Tale: The Innovative Women Solving our Global Food Challenges
Women are experiencing one of the most profound periods of collective action and meaningful change across the world, as the quest for equality and recognition coalesces into a global social movement to reclaim their rights and dignity. The food system is not exempt from this groundswell, and women continue to push the debate for a better food system forward through their words and actions. This panel brings together some of the most influential figures in the food tech world to talk about the challenges that women continue to face as well as the impact of the contemporary discourse on their own initiatives.
How Accelerators are Supercharging Food and Ag Innovation
With the explosion of startups across the world comes an even greater need to help realize the best ideas, and accelerators have become a vital part of the new food and ag tech lexicon. There are new accelerators emerging all the time, and as they become more specialized in their focus they are able to nuture more startups with specific knowledge and expertise. This panel explores the evolution of the accelerator from obscure buzzword to indispensible feature of the startup lifecycle, with experts and founding partners of the world’s largest food accelerators sharing their thoughts about the future of the sector and the next big trends in food and ag tech.
High Rollers: Why Investors are Betting on Open Innovation
When the term ‘Open Innovation’ was first introduced, it was a revolutionary response to what had until that time been an unquestioned system of proprietary knowledge and internal development that seemed to be a fundamental aspect of modern capitalism. Now, open innovation has gained ground and is quickly becoming the preferred method for even the most traditional companies to gain and edge. Investors are turning their attention to these platforms and looking to push open innovation even further into the future to maximize their returns. In this panel, some of the most prolific investors in food and ag tech will talk about how their opinions have changed, and how their practices and investments have followed suit.
Chain Reaction: Solutions for Improving the Global Food Supply Chain
The global food system is inextricably connected, and when one aspect of it changes the rest must necessarily follow suit. This domino effect demands a full overhaul of the way that we negotiate the food system, and technological innovations have met this need through new systems of monitoring, distribution, retail sales, and consumption patterns. This panel gives an overview of the solutions that operate at a systemic level, with experts from across the food chain discussing their initiatives and the importance of communication and collaboration to implementing new models on a global scale.
What Can Your Kitchen Do for You? Making Smart Kitchens Even Smarter
With AI and IoT, professional and home kitchens have become more like science labs, and the continued integration of these technologies into our everyday products means that the kitchens of the future will get even smarter. Do you know how to make better food last longer, to integrate your nutrition plan, and to reduce waste? Your kitchen does, and the latest technology will do it all for you faster than ever. Innovators and entrepreneurs discuss the evolution of the smart kitchen and explore the possibilities for maximizing smart kitchens in homes, restaurants, and new spaces around the world.
The Next Metropolis: Building Smart Cities for the Future
Smart cities have already begun to emerge in all corners of the world, with bike lanes made from recycled plastics in the Netherlands to innovative waste programs in Denmark and solar powered highways in China. How will food be integrated into these cities of the future? This panel brings together the planners and protagonists of tomorrow’s smart food city projects to discuss the potential of urban farming and beekeeping, community initiatives, and the municipal infrastructure that keeps it all afloat.
We’ll Always Have Retail: The Continuing Evolution of the Consumer Marketplace
With the advent of online marketplaces and virtual shopping, the nature of retail is changing more drastically than almost any other consumer sector. However, the retail sector continues to adapt and innovate, with small scale producers and innovative companies figuring out even more ways to reach their target market. This panel brings the leading voices in retail technology together to talk about how large companies have adapted from the traditional retail models, how smaller companies are leading the charge, and what it all means for us, the consumer.
Sustainability vs Regeneration: Complementary Approaches or Irreconcilable Differences?
As the debate around the future of food continues, proponents often find themselves split into opposing sides based on their calls for sustainable systems versus the push for a regenerative approach. But how far apart are these perspectives in practice? For those of us trying to navigate the future of food, how do we know what side upon which to land? These and more questions are discussed among a panel of global experts in sustainability and regenerative food and agriculture, in order to shed light on the common cause of a resilient food system for all.
Uncommon Collaboration: Synergy and Solutions for the Next Food System
It’s said that “politics makes for strange bedfellows”; the same could be applied to food and ag innovation. As the need for sustainable solutions becomes more urgent, large corporations, multinationals, and government agencies find themselves taking cues from ambitious startups, academic researchers, and other unlikely sources. This panel looks at some of the most improbable collaborations in the foodtech sector, and traces the path of how they came to be as well as where they’re taking the future of food.
The Future of Soil: Regeneration and Renewal
As the food and ag tech world expands, the number of solutions and technological applications available increases exponentially. However, what if it were all much simpler? The answers to some of the most pressing challenges to the food system may be as elemental as the very soil from which most of our food comes, and this panel of experts will discuss the science behind soil, the importance of maintaining its health, and the innovative projects that are aimed at its regeneration.
The Wide World of Genomics: Plants, Soil, and the Ingredients that Could Change our Food System
Genomics is quickly emerging as one of the most exciting fields in food and ag tech, with the potential to battle diseases, increase nutrition, and feed the world. While genomics already plays a large part in what we eat everyday, the science behind it and the myriad applications of it are just beginning to be explored. This panel moves that conversation forward with experts in the field who will discuss their projects as well as the innovative companies that are employing genomics to make better food for everyone.
Cradle of re-Civilization: How Africa is Leading the Food Revolution
The continent of Africa is the birthplace of the human experience, with the oldest remnants of our ancestors found in its soil. As societies developed, the innovations that led to industrialization and modernization have made the global North a leading force in our evolution. However, we are in the midst of a paradigm shift, and as we search for solutions to a sustainable food chain, we turn our attention back to Africa where the most innovative projects are underway. This panel explores the new geography of Africa and how creativity and community are building a resilient future.
Are We There Yet? Advances in Blockchain for Food
The past few years have been all about Blockchain, with applications of the technology appearing in finance, information, and now food. From the earliest stages to the end product, blockchain has the potential to monitor and maintain the optimal conditions for the food we eat, and the adaptability of this technology means that it could be employed in even the harshest conditions. But has blockchain caught up to our expectations? In this panel, the leading blockchain researchers and companies weigh in on the state of the technology, and look at what the future holds for the food system.
The Power of Proteins: Rethinking the Food Chain for a Changing World
It’s no secret that our current protein consumption depends on an unsustainable system of industrial animal husbandry that raises significant health, sanitation, and ethical issues around the world. Indeed, the rise of plant based proteins, lab grown meat, and alternative sources have shown that our food system can and will adapt to changing conditions and opinions with enough investment and motivation. This panel looks at why we should start thinking differently about our proteins, and the innovative solutions that are being developed to create better proteins.
Revisiting Waterfirst One Year Later
A focus of last year’s Global Food Innovation Summit, Waterfirst brought startups from around the world to showcase their innovative solutions for clean water conservation and management. This panel revisits the topic and looks at where we are one year later. From corporations to public policy, has clean water become a central topic for debate and improvement? How are we meeting this challenge, and what can we do it make it even more effective?
Culture Clash: The New Art of Fermentation
For thousands of years, societies around the world have used fermentation as a source of medicinal healing, nutrition, and culinary ingenuity. The art and science of fermentation is entering a renaissance, as companies are employing these bacterial cultures in everything from beverages to foods to clothing, with incredible results. This panel explores the potential for fermentation to improve our foods as both a nutraceutical and preservative, and looks at the innovators, scientists, and entrepreneurs who are changing attitudes and market preferences to embrace fermentation in our products.
Navigating Salt and Sugar in our Modern Diet
The over consumption of salt and sugar is one of the key components in the uptick in global obesity and disease, and eliminating these is often one of the most fundamental steps in a healthy diet. However, our bodies do need a certain amount of both salt and sugar and in the right quantities they are as vital as the air we breathe. How can we navigate this tricky terrain? This panel discusses innovations in new sugars and salt sources, the advances in nutrition that can help to reduce our dependence, and the foods of the future that can help us maintain the perfect balance.