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Food giants start to act like VCs to find healthy-food startups

Recognizing the shift in consumer eating habits, food titans like General Mills and Kellogg are launching venture capital funds to invest in startups focused on healthier, less-processed food. Last month, Kellogg’s Eighteen94 Capital invested $4.2 million in healthy snack producer Kuli Kuli (see “Taking an Impact Food Venture to the Crowd”). General Mills’ fund, 301

Steve Case wants to revolution-ize entrepreneurship in middle America

To reimagine agriculture, go where the farmers are. According to AOL founder Steve Case, many of the answers to how we eat, get around, consume energy and water and stay healthy will be found in the middle of the country. Case’s investment firm, Revolution LLC, has invested $840 million between the coasts and far from Silicon Valley. “Nearly

South Korean women will live longer in 2030. American men, not so much

Women Rising Improvements in maternal and child health, as well as adult health, will drive increases in life expectancy in industrialized nations by 2030. A study on future life expectancy in 35 countries, published Tuesday in the Lancet, found a greater than 50 percent chance the life expectancy of South Korea women at birth will be

MacArthur Foundation picks eight semifinalists for $100 million prize

The MacArthur Foundation has selected eight semifinalists for its $100 million prize. The contenders for the foundation’s “100&Change” competition include Catholic Relief Services for orphan care; HarvestPlus for crop fortification in Africa; the Human Diagnosis Project for medical care to the underserved in the U.S.; Internet Archive for its free digital library; Rice University for newborn

Rochester positions itself as a hub of medical startups

Rochester positions itself as a hub of medical startups It might seem audacious for a Minnesota town of 100,000 people to try to become “the Silicon Valley of medicine,” but Rochester has a major ace in its sleeve: the giant Mayo Clinic. The clinic is the state’s largest employer, but it has difficulty finding talent and skilled

The growth market in women’s equality

The more than $560 million invested with a “gender lens” in public equities and debt, up five-fold since 2014, seems like a lot of money until you measure it against the opportunity: $28 trillion. Click for more from 2030 Finance That’s the potential addition to global GDP by 2025 if women participated equally in the global

Demand for organic products boom, but supply lags

Last year’s 11 percent increase in organic farmland in the U.S. sounds like a big win for sustainable agriculture. Except it isn’t. Of the 915 million acres of farmland across the U.S., 4.1 million acres are devoted to pesticide-free, sustainable growing, less than 0.5 percent of American farmland. Organic food sales grew to $43.3 billion in