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6 Food Crowdfunding Platforms Launch in 2014
Our round up of the crowdfunding and investor matching platforms that launched last year.

Edamam Helps People Eat Better Through Nutrition Data
The two year old nutrition data startup has built a semantic food technology platform, which generates real time nutritional analysis of 1.5 million recipes.

21 Food & Ag Investment Funds Launch in 2014
The number of new food and agriculture investment funds nearly doubled from 2013 to 2014. Here's a rundown of the food and ag funds that launched last year.

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Announcing Crowdfunding for Food Entrepreneurs with Nomiku Founder
Lisa Q. Fetterman has raised over $1.3 million through crowdfunding for her sous vide startup, Nomiku, and she wants to help you succeed, too. This intensive one-day bootcamp will be held in NYC on March 28, and the e-course will be available online in May.

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Startup Resources

Findlay Market Creating Incubator Kitchen to Help Food Entrepreneurs - Soapbox
The Cincinnati project will yield five industrial kitchens that will help launch and grow food-related businesses.

5 Agtech Startups Make up Yield Lab’s First Cohort - St. Louis Business Journal
The St. Louis-based agtech accelerator just handed out five $100,000 equity-investments to 5 startups including St. Louis-based Arvegenix. 

Accelerator Launching for Budding Food Entrepreneurs - Nashville Business Journal
Skillery and Batch Nashville are teaming up for a new nine-week food startup incubator. 

Food Startup Founder Q&A: Nomiku - Local Food Lab
Local Food Lab chats with founder Lisa about challenges and how Nomiku grew from an idea to an award-winning, high-growth startup. 


Organic Food Delivery Service Good Eggs Lays Off 15% Of Staff - TechCrunch
The startup confirmed the downsizing as part of its plans to restructure the operations side of its business.

The Staggering Challenges of the Online Grocery Business - The Washington Post
It's a business that everyone seems to want in on, even though new data show it's awfully hard to do profitably.

From Fork to Farm: Startup Recycles Grocery Store Food Waste into Organic Fertilizer - Treehugger
California Safe Soil promises to boost yields, cut costs, and reduce water pollution in agriculture.


First 3D Food Printer Nearly Ready to Make Cupcakes - EuroNews
From a cake in the shape of a snowflake to a ravioli parcel, 3D food printing could soon become as routine as a microwave or blender. 


Veggies Gain Ground as Farm-to-table Chain Scores Funding - Fortune
Ten-outlet New York City restaurant chain Dig Inn has raised $15 million. Who knew sweet potatoes and kale could be so lucrative?

With $1M In Funding, Farm Hill Aims To Deliver Delicious Healthy Meals In The ‘Burbs - TechCrunch
The Seed round was led by Eagle Cliff Partners, with participation from Liberty City Ventures, Stanford StartX and other angels.

At This Unique Restaurant, $500 Gives You a Share of the Business—and Almost 20 Meals - Takepart
A subscription-based restaurant model can help make food available in the communities where it’s grown.

The Shake Shack Economy - New Yorker
As Starbucks did for coffee, Chipotle and Shake Shack have changed people’s expectations of what fast food can be.

App Tracks Restaurant Health Inspection Data State-by-State - Eater - Eater
What The Health allows you to search for health scores and brings up data for the first 100 restaurants around you based on GPS. 

EAT24 Releases Next Generation Food-delivery App - Financial News UK
Its new HANGRY app randomly chooses a restaurant and generates an order for the user.


Is State-of-the-art Farming Coming to a Field Near You? - Guardian
Agtech are gaining investors’ attention, but convincing farmers to apply it to farming practices is a big challenge.

High-tech Hunt for Illegal Fishing - Business Day
A British government agency is stepping up the fight against illegal fishing with a real-time intelligence system to monitor pirates. 

As Last Paid Editors Depart, Modern Farmer’s Future in Doubt - The New York Times
Despite more than 1M unique page views a month and support from major advertisers its fate had been in question for months.

Tule Is A Crop-Hydration Sensor For The Tech-Savvy Farmer - TechCrunch
Farmers can see data from their crops and projected weather forecasts and can adjust water input accordingly.

Why The World's Salad Bowl Wants To Go High Tech - FastCo.Exist
Salinas, California, wants to be a tech hub for the farming set.

Even Hello Kitty is Getting into Sustainable Food - Grist
The Hello Kitty Go Green Organic Farm in Hong Kong features 50,000 square feet of fruits and vegetables and lots of HK paraphernalia. 


Cooking App Kitchen Stories Nabs $1.8M Seed - PE Hub
Investors included Point Nine Capital and Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments. It will use the funds to expand its team, build community and launch an Android app.

Younger Folks Want Healthier Food - and Will Pay for It - USA Today
41% of Generation Z says they would willingly pay a premium for "healthier" products, vs. 32% of millennials. 

Tired of Food Scandals? So Is This Startup, and It’s Doing Something About It - TechinAsia
Vitargent tests for food toxins using fish embryos. It just raised a Series A from WI Harper Group, which it will use to advance its tech.

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