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Agriculture is now recognized as a significant driver of climate change. Current food production methods are unsustainable and likely to increase as our global population climbs to 10 billion by 2050. Agriculture must become greener, more innovative, and bountiful to feed more people on an already straining planet. Biotechnology is already boosting crop yields, but more dramatic innovation is still needed.

Synthetic biology is already improving soil health and nutrients, dramatically reducing the need for harmful fertilizers. Innovations like gene editing create crops that can better adapt to changing conditions like heat waves, drought, and pests. Crops aren’t the only food in need of innovation. Cultured meat and precision fermentation offer significantly more sustainable alternatives to animal protein farming. This is only the beginning of why synbio might enable our food future.

This track digest is brought to you by Ayana Bio, a company that produces and discovers plant and fungal bioactives for a healthier, more sustainable world.  Check out their Lunch & Learn at SynBioBeta 2024 on "Harnessing Synthetic Biology to Increase Nutrient Density."

Food & Ag Insights:

Vishaal Bhuyan, CEO of Aanika Biosciences, speaking at SynBioBeta. Register now.

TurtleTree Co-Founder and CEO Fengru Lin, who will be speaking at SynBioBeta 2024.

Food & Agriculture Sessions at SynBioBeta 2024:

  • From Lab to Table: Navigating the Future of Cellular Agriculture  Explore the transformative world of cellular agriculture as we survey the feasibility of scaling alternative proteins and the intricate processes behind cell-cultivated meat. This session will shed light on the technical challenges, from research and development to commercialization, and the power of collaboration across sectors. As we stand at the cusp of a food revolution, we'll also project the future of cellular agriculture in light of current investments and technological advancements. Join us for an insightful discussion that promises to reshape our understanding of the future of food.

  • Biotech Innovations in Feed and Agriculture for a Brighter Future: This engaging panel discussion will delve into the multifaceted realm of biotech-enabled feed and agriculture, offering a comprehensive understanding of the breakthroughs driving positive change. From precision farming to genetically enhanced crops, our esteemed panelists will illuminate the promising advancements that hold the key to a more sustainable, efficient, and resilient agricultural future.

  • Fermentation Frontiers: A Dialogue with Visionary Biotech Entrepreneurs: Discover firsthand insights from the founders as they share their unique approaches and breakthroughs in harnessing the power of microbes for sustainable and innovative solutions. From novel food production methods to advancements in agricultural practices, the panelists will paint a vivid picture of how fermentation is not just a process but a key driver in shaping the future of our global food systems.

  • Sustainable Harvests, Sustainable Returns: A Panel of Investors Betting on the Future of Food: Dive into the dynamic world of investment as we bring together a panel of seasoned investors for an illuminating session on the Future of Food, Agriculture, and Biotechnology. Guided by a skilled moderator, this discussion promises to unveil the insights and strategies of investors navigating the intricate landscape of these industries. Whether you are an investor seeking strategic insights or an enthusiast eager to understand the financial landscape of these pivotal sectors, this panel session is your gateway to the intricate world of investments in the Future of Food and agriculture. Take advantage of the opportunity to gain valuable perspectives and engage in a thought-provoking dialogue with our distinguished panel of investors.

Food Tech Luncheon

  • The FoodTech Luncheon is a gathering that unites professionals and entrepreneurs at the forefront of merging biology and food technology. This event offers a platform to explore recent developments in this quickly progressing field and presents a valuable opportunity to connect with leading figures in FoodTech.

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We hope you enjoyed this Food & Agriculture wrap-up newsletter, and I hope that you’ll choose to join us in May at SynBioBeta 2024: The Global Synthetic Biology Conference.

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Jeff Buguliskis, PhD

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