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Eco-labels make good sense, but working in isolation they won't save the planet from the climate crisis. GettyImages/zoranm

Why eco-labelling won’t save the planet

By Flora Southey

Not even the innovators themselves are backing on-pack carbon footprint labelling to save the planet from rising global temperatures. Here's why.

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BetterSeeds welcomes former Bayer executive as chairman

By Oliver Morrison

The Israel-based company that uses gene-editing technology, specifically CRISPR, to genetically improve crops and design better seeds, has announced the appointment of Dr. Helmut Schramm, a former Bayer Crop Life executive and highly respected agricultural...

Image: R&D project evaluating the effect of light treatments on the growth of basil plants. The team at Square Roots brings their knowledge of the grow platform together with the experiment goals of the company's partners.

Let there be dark: Square Roots on why it’s farming without light

By Oliver Morrison

US indoor farmer Square Roots is growing plants in the dark using gene edited (CRISPR) technology. The move could make indoor farming significantly more viable and sustainable, especially in low and middle-income countries, by reducing energy needs and...

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VC investment

Agtech's ‘great reset’ continues, data reveals

By Oliver Morrison

PitchBook’s latest Q1 2024 Agtech Report indicates a market undergoing a correction, with the wheat being separated from the chaff. Some sectors are hotter than others, meanwhile.

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Climate change & wine: A global map of changing wine regions

By Rachel Arthur

Climate change could create dramatic shifts in where wine is produced: making vineyards unsustainable in some regions, but opening up new opportunities in others. Researchers have mapped how the global distribution of vineyards is likely to change.

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Innovation insider

Japan wants to promote smart agriculture, fast

By Oliver Morrison

Agri-tech spend is lagging in the land of the rising sun. But amid the looming threats of depopulation and ageing, the government is looking to new styles of agriculture that can boost productivity, sustainability and strengthen national food security....

Image: Han Chen, co-founder and CEO of ZeaKal, which helps crops capture more carbon and sunlight.

World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit Roundup

Photosynthesis breakthrough in corn – but can a ‘new type’ of ag follow?

By Oliver Morrison

After boosting oil and protein content in soybean with no drop in yield, US company ZeaKal has replicated its success with corn. It now wants to redefine the value proposition of crops for growers, industry, and consumers alike, it tells AgTechNavigator.

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Can growing planes really cure vertical farming’s growing pains?

By Oliver Morrison

While all vertical farms may seem to grow vertically at first glance, the fact is, they don’t. Most companies are growing on flat, stacked planes, which will lead to more failures in the space in the months and years to come, according to Nate Storey,...

‘Africa's becoming increasingly investable’: Sherief Kesseba. Managing partner at Climate Resilient Africa Fund (CRAF), speaking at last year’s World Agri-Tech summit in Dubai

AGTECH INVESTOR PROFILE

Are we at the dawn of African agri-tech innovation?

By Oliver Morrison

The continent’s agtech sector is rife with challenges but the potential rewards are huge, Sherief Kesseba, managing partner at Climate Resilient Africa Fund (CRAF), tells AgTechNavigator.

Eatable Adventures founder and CEO José Luis Cabañero

AgTech Investor Profile

Eatable Adventures on how technology can solve the ageing farmer timebomb

By Oliver Morrison

Agtech innovation is playing a critical role in addressing food security and environmental challenges. But it is also key to cracking the problem of an ageing farmer population threatening global agriculture, says Eatable Adventures founder and CEO José...

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