“Where is the capital for investing in food and agriculture—real assets, real farms, real people?
What would it take for investing in food and ag to become as hot as apps and drones?
What if farmers in the Salinas Valley became the real rock stars to investors in neighboring Silicon Valley?”
We are thrilled to announce our latest investment in the Dublin-based startup Nuritas. The company is using artificial intelligence to discover novel and natural active ingredients with a proven health benefit. This disruptive approach brings new promising perspectives to the food sector.
Suwei Jian and Richard Ferguson's report for PwC, "China's Agricultural Challenges" enlightens major issues in the Chinese food system.
Four specific points worth highlighting:
- If the Chinese meat consumption per capita were to equal Taiwanese, we would need an additional grain output equal to Brazil and Argentina current yearly crop.
- China is producing food for 20% of the world population with only 8% of the arable land and 8% of the world renewable water resources
- Because of water scarcity Chinese renewable water resources per person in certain Chinese provinces is already similar to Israel
- For most grains, yields have stagnated in the recent years, if not declined for certain crops.
Interview with Karine Clément, Professor of Nutrition, Director of the Institute of Cardiometabolism and Nutrition (ICAN) linked to the University of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris and head of a research group at INSERM. Read the article
We have known for some time that certain conditions like obesity, cancer and some autoimmune disorders like lupus may cause changes in the composition of our gut microbiota. We did not know, however, which conditions caused more modifications than others, what the effects were and whether these alterations could be used to identify those different illnesses. Read the article