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Sometimes when you can't say it any better, well, you just shouldn't even try and leave it at that. This is one of those times. Rob Leclerc of AgFunder News shares 4 Reasons Why Israel is Now a Developed AgriFood Tech Hub and sums up perfectly why the recent welaunch Ag-tech & Food-tech Israel tour was such a success. Two weeks ago, I went to Israel to attend Food and Ag Week including FoodTech IL 2018 hosted by the Strauss Group and...

Eat Bugs. This is one of the primary ways we will save the environment, create enough food for the coming generations and live healthier lives. Grasshoppers. Fruit Flies. Crickets…. This is what we will be calling breakfast, lunch and dinner in the coming years. No, not grasshopper-head-granola or cricket-cooked-croutons. Rather, think grasshopper protein powder or cricket cooking oil. These creepy crawlies are exceedingly high in protein, inexpensive, quick to raise and have virtually no negative impact on the environment. You think it's gross? You ever...

welaunch was formed with the intention of connecting the Silicon Prairie (the US Midwest) and the Start-up Nation (Israel). But, why? Let’s start with water. Simply put, we have a growing water crisis. When it comes to water - most people don't even realize, we are literally running out. It is not overly dramatic or unfounded to say that at our current pace, within a matter of years, certainly a few decades, we're going to be in dire straits. And it’s...

We can pretend as if the droughts, the floods and the fires are not man-made. However, what you can not pretend is that the Ogallala aquifer, which has been full for 15,000 years,  is being depleted at alarming rates and will soon run out. There is a way to avoid this. Emulating Israel is that way. For now, read on about : What Happens to the U.S. Midwest When the Water's Gone? By Laura Parker "Whoa," yells Brownie Wilson, as the steel...

Do you know about "cellular agriculture," aka "cultured meat," aka "clean-meat"? If not you should and in the not so distant future - if you care about the planet, animals and your health - YOU'LL BE EATING IT. Check out the the clean-meat revolution which is cooking in Israel. This will be a significant focus on the upcoming welaunch Israel Food-tech tour! https://www.israel21c.org/a-clean-meat-revolution-is-cooking-in-israel/    ...

One of the most fascinating, promising and important sectors of technology is food-tech. Humanity, after all, is on a food collision course with our food. demand is expected to increase anywhere between 59% to 98% by 2050 and our production is not keeping pace.  If we continue along this current trajectory, the simple math and sad truth is that people will suffer and die! Thank goodness, however, for precision agriculture and food technologies, both of which are allowing us to do more...

There are more than 400 cutting-edge Israeli ag-tech startups on the scene today. Precision-Agriculture is the future of farming and here are some of the hottest companies you'll meet on the welaunch Ag-tech and Food-tech Tour and conference this spring. • Biotech – Typically involves breeding of plants and bacteria with improved traits to help plant growth. Some companies use genetic technologies for that. These include companies such as Groundwork BioAg, Rootility, and Kaiima. • Smart farming – Data-based technologies making use...

“Are you a mountain person, desert person or an ocean person,” someone recently asked me?  As I stood there thinking about it i realized I’m none of the above. Although it may not be sexy, cool or all that popular, I’m a “wide open fields” kind of guy. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in Nebraska, literally across the street from corn fields. Maybe it’s because I went to school in Kansas, around the corner from endless fields of wheat. Or...