What is Boulder FoodTech?
Boulder FoodTech is working to build a community of passionate people interested in exploring and discussing the worlds of Food, Ag, Tech, and Sustainability from Boulder, CO
We do this through a series of networking meetups, speakers and events to educate and inspire, and other community gatherings.
Our events are an opportunity to network, learn, collaborate, discuss new ideas and models, or just general exercise your curiosity for building a better future for food!
What does "FoodTech" mean?
Globally, food and agriculture ("agrifood") is a >$8 trillion industry. Agrifood is responsible for feeding the planet and employing more than 40% of it.
The companies disrupting this value chain (from “farm to fork”) are defined by a growing segment of the startup world referred to as "FoodTech".
But it is NOT just about technology. We also include ideas focused on farm productivity, farm management, new growing methods, new distribution models, e-commerce and tech driven grocery chains, restaurant and food service platforms, and even new CPG concepts.
It’s big and broad. For our purposes, we generally refer to companies changing the food system for the better as “foodtech” companies.
Why does this matter?
Food is at the foundation of our health, our energy, our community, our culture, our families.
Unfortunately, the quality and stability of the global food system is at risk. Why?
Population growth: global population is expected to reach 9 billion in 2050
Climate change: global warming and severe weather threatens key crop growing areas of the world
Limited natural resources: land and water are not infinitely available despite significant population growth
Food waste: 40% of food grown in the U.S. is wasted; food loss and waste account for 8% of greenhouse gas emissions
Health & Wellness: health issues and chronic disease (e.g., obesity and diabetes) can be linked to poor food
Consumer demand shifts: consumers demand less processed food and more meat; the ability to change and satisfy new diets is paramount
The need for innovation is incredibly important! We hope to further this effort by bringing together a community of smart driven people focus on bringing technology to the food system!