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Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Emma Chow on the power of cities to transform the food system

By 2050, an estimated 80% of all food will be destined for our global cities. To understand how we can make the food systems of our cities sustainable, resilient, and diverse our guest today is Emma Chow – the Project Lead for the Food Initiative at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was launched in 2010 to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. In 2019, they launched a food initiative focused on convening food brands, producers, retailers, governments, innovators, and waste managers to redesign the food system serving cities to:

  1. Source food regeneratively and locally when appropriate
  2. Design and market healthier food products
  3. Make the most of food by upcycling waste streams.

London, São Paulo and NYC have signed on as flagship cities to show what is possible. Join us in a wide-ranging conversation as we discuss the role of cities as power nodes in the food system as well as a circular vision for the future and the practical next steps for getting there. Whether you are a citizen, entrepreneur, policymaker, or researcher, there are clear actions for you! 

Posted in: Resources Sweden

AgFo’s Frida Jonson on the role of journalism from farm to fork

Not long ago, Frida Jonson and her co-founder Lovisa Madås realized that the FoodTech and AgTech worlds were unfolding in parallel. No journalism outlet was covering all sides of the story from farm to fork. So, they started AgFo, a digital media outlet covering the intersection of agriculture and food in Sweden. 

AgFo’s journalists travel all over the country reporting on different trends, perspectives, and innovations in the food system. Today, Frida gives us a front row seat to the conversations being had, the emerging trends, and collaborations to look out for. We also discuss why journalism is important for ecosystem development and connecting diverse communities.

Posted in: Resources Sweden

Jävligt Gott’s Gustav Johansson on how comfort food is the secret to a sustainable diet

Gustav Johansson is behind Swedens largest vegan food blog. He’s also the author of two vegan cookbooks – one covers Swedish comfort food and the other is for athletes in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund and the Swedish Olympic Committee. 

Gustav’s work is fascinating. His work centers on using his platform to make it easier for people to chose a planet friendly diet. He does so by developing a trove of recipes that don’t require consumers to sacrifice the tastes they love or dishes they grew up with in order to eat more sustainably. He also works with supermarket chains and food entrepreneurs to ensure that the vegan products people want make it to market. He also develops recipes for new products to make sure there are resources available online for how to use them.

Besides Gustav’s story and approach, we also cover how new products are released in Sweden – it only happens three times a year – and why Swedes seem to be leading the charge when it comes to embracing a vegan diet. 

Posted in: Denmark Resources

Growth Train Accelerator’s Christiane Paaske-Sørensen on fostering AgTech innovation in rural Denmark

How are Denmark’s rural areas spurring AgTech innovation? Christiane is the head of the Growth Train Accelerator program on Lolland-Falster. This area of Denmark is fascinating not only because it has some of the richest soil in the country, but also because its considered “udkantsdanmark” or outer Denmark – a rural region, which has been struggling to attract growth in competition with big cities. Despite this, Growth Train’s 7-week accelerator program has succeeded in attracting international participants. The program focuses on food processing and solutions that meet the local agricultural community’s needs. Christiane provides insight into the region’s AgTech ecosystem as well as describes the ins & outs of the accelerator program. 

Posted in: Resources Sweden

Sweden FoodTech’s Johan Jörgensen on Stockholm as a future food city

If you’re into food and find yourself in Sweden, then one of your first points of contact should definitely be Sweden FoodTech’s Johan Jörgensen. The org is fully focused on developing the ecosystem through community, events, and biz dev assistance. Johan is an Internet entrepreneur turned investor with 20+ years of experience under his belt. He was once voted Best Investor in Sweden. Listen in as we discuss the ins and outs of Sweden’s FoodTech ecosystem including Stockholm’s plans to become a future food city. 

Posted in: Denmark Resources

Innovation Center Denmark’s Samuel Scheer on accessing global VC funding and opportunities

Samuel Scheer works at Innovation Center Denmark in Tel Aviv, where they have a focus on accelerating Ag & FoodTech businesses. In this episode, we focus on how Nordic companies can tap foreign VC and ecosystems to grow globally. We especially focus on why the Danish-Israeli connection is so interesting, what we can learn from each other, and how you can make the most of the connections and market opportunities these centers have to offer. 

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CPH Food Space’s Mia Maja Hansson on building infrastructure to help food startups scale

Mia Maja Hansson helped to grow food entrepreneurship by establishing many of the spaces and facilities that Copenhagen food entrepreneurs use to get their businesses off the ground. This includes CPH Food Space, Street Food Around the Lakes, and Kitchen Collective. We discuss what each of these initiatives are as well as how and why they got started. We also dive into the history of food entrepreneurship and gastronomy in Copenhagen including what makes it such an innovative environment. 

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DTU FoodLab’s Roberto Flore on innovation from universities and designing conscious food solutions

Roberto Flore is the Manager of DTU FoodLab, part of the Danish Technical University’s incubator/maker space DTU Sky Lab. Roberto is the former Head of R&D at Noma’s Nordic Food Lab. In 2017, Rolling Stone Magazine cited Roberto as one of 25 innovators who are changing the world. In this episode, we discuss how DTU Foodlab is sparking radical innovation by using food to build bridges between disciplines and address the grand global challenges. We also talk about how students & entrepreneurs can get involved and access the lab.