Nutriati raises $8 million to produce plant-based protein

Startups developing new plant-based proteins raised $78.2 million in 2016, according to AgFunder News. The latest: vegetarian “foodtech” startup Nutriati, based in Virginia, which closed an $8 million Series A funding round. The backing came from the food venture fund of London sugar company Tate & Lyle, as well as PowerPlant Ventures, Blueberry Ventures, and NRV. The funding

Milken’s impact disruption, Starbucks’ gender pay (non)gap, a second look at Ford’s big shift…

#Featured: ImpactAlpha Original The impact disruption hits the Milken Institute Global Conference. The $12,500 ticket (at the low-end) kept away most customers, workers, citizens and millennials. But such stakeholders were on the minds, or at least the lips, of the heavily male global financiers and power brokers “at Milken” in Beverly Hills this week. The customer

Sustainable agriculture in Africa is key to meeting Zero Hunger goal by 2030

Close to two-thirds of sub-Saharan Africa’s one billion people and 90 percent of the continent’s extreme poor make their living from agriculture, according to the latest Global Hunger Index. To fight hunger and help those most vulnerable, “stakeholders at all levels must continue to find ways to improve agricultural productivity, along with dietary diversity and

Small farmers are the future of food security

By Tanner Methvin, Partner in Impact Amplifier and Earth Capital Smallholder farmers have become the most important piece of the global agricultural system. Small farmers feed close to 80 percent of the total population in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa and support the livelihoods of nearly 2 billion people worldwide. This community of farmers sit at a

Two more startups raise seed capital to tackle food waste

Full Harvest, in San Francisco, has raised $2 million to support online sales of “ugly” produce — the goods grocers consider unfit for supermarket sales. The funding round was led by Wireframe Ventures and backed by BBG Ventures, Early Impact Ventures, Impact Engine, VC Radicle, and several angel investors. Founder Christine Mosley, formerly with fresh juice company

Can the U.S. cut food waste in half by 2030?

The United States wastes more food than any other country in the world — more than 60 million tons per year that are worth $160 billion. Some of that is lost before leaving the farm, but most is discarded by households, grocery stores, food manufacturers and restaurants. Meanwhile one in seven U.S. households are food-insecure. The Obama administration’s

Inspirafarms raises $1.75 million to stem food waste on small farms

Inspirafarms has raised $1.75 million to stem food waste on small farms. The startup, based in Sevenoaks, U.K., designs and manufactures cold-storage and food-processing equipment that is modular and can work off-grid to help small agribusinesses reduce post-harvest losses due to pests, heat and exposure to the elements. With the equipment, a small-scale farming operation can