Is AgTech at the dawn of a planet-saving revolution? Technology has undoubtedly reinvented agriculture in recent decades, greatly increasing the efficiency of farmland and allowing growers to provide food at a low cost to billions. Agtech as we know it uses the farm as the starting point and improves from there. However, emerging companies are calling for a reinvention of our food systems, with sustainability at its core, is local, regenerative and healthy. But, can it scale? Which avenue will lead to the long-term sustainability of our planet? What does the earth need from growers in order to survive? Do we continue reiterating current systems to increase efficiency, or develop this new way of thinking about the sources of our food? Which one of these two is the way forward to feed 10 billion people while promoting sustainability? The 2020 Seeds of Our Future summit and immersion program will provide a platform for thinking about the future of agtech – and the role that technology will play in the years to come in building agricultural systems that will help the planet survive. Topics include: • Agtech, reinvented: Big Ag’s New Focus on Sustainability • Hyperlocalized solutions – can it scale? • Cell Meat: What is the timeline to widespread market adoption? • Are technologists building agtech for efficiency or sustainability? • Indoor Farming: What is it good for? Early bird tickets are on sale until May 21st - sign up early and save!
Using Technology to Build Resiliency in our Food Systems A Seeds of Our Future Virtual Event As spring gives way to summer, and summer eventually to fall, the agriculture machines of North America hum to life – but things are looking much different this growing season. The blow to our food systems is unclear – with the potential re-emergence of COVID-19 in the fall, the full impact cannot yet be measured. Some farmers, especially those producing staple crops, may see less of a disruption as many food producers at scale have already shifted to semi-automated systems. Others, including specialty crops that rely on human labor, may see a bigger shift. However, opportunities present themselves with these ongoing challenges; as growers implement new technologies to combat COVID-19, the pathway for permanent technology adoption exists. How are growers using technology to overcome new challenges? Which agtech sectors are experiencing the largest growth? Where do challenges still exist for growers? Join our experts for a roundtable discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on our food systems and ways in which technology can provide solutions. MODERATOR: Nick Sramek — Director of International Relations, Silicon Valley Forum DISCUSSANTS: Dennis Donohue — Director, Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology A Seeds of Our Future Virtual EventAs spring gives way to summer, and summer eventually to fall, the agriculture machines of North America hum to life – but things are looking much different this growing season. The blow to our food systems is unclear – with the potential re-emergence of COVID-19 in ... Read More