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salt extractors traveling with camels across the African Danakil Depression

Beasts of Burden
In the lowest point in Africa — the Danakil Depression, which covers parts of Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti — salt extractors travel in camel caravans for days over perilous territory where temperatures are fierce and water is scarce. PHOTO: SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS

In the United States, we are accustomed to thinking of draft animals as relics of the pre-combustion-engine past or, at historic sites like Colonial Williamsburg, as nostalgic attractions. But draft animals remain ubiquitous in other parts of the world as central participants in food economies, both as food products themselves and as power to move agricultural products from fields to markets. Read more.

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Startup and Accelerator News

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Rabobank’s pitch competition-meets-networking event, FoodBytes!, is making its Texas debut in September. Food, food tech and agtech startups from around the world are encouraged to apply to pitch to hundreds of executives, investors and industry leaders on Tuesday, September 26, at Brazos Hall.

FoodBytes! will select 10 companies to give 3.5-minute pitches and 10 companies to give 60-second pitches. Since FoodBytes! launched in February 2015, more than 1,400 companies from 30 countries have applied to pitch to over 2,500 attendees.

Curious about what pitching entails? Check out the pitches from FoodBytes! NYC on the FoodBytes! YouTube channel or get to know the NYC winners here.
Selected pitch companies have the opportunity to:
  • Pitch to an audience of executives, investors, industry leaders and entrepreneurs
  • Have dedicated display space to showcase your product or service
  • Be in the running to win the People’s Choice, Judges’ Choice or Highly Commended Award
  • Take part in an invite-only session of rehearsal, mentorship and networking with industry experts and the FoodBytes! judges on Monday, September 25. Check out our FoodBytes! SF video here to learn more.
Application Deadline: 11:59 PM CT on Sunday, August 6.
Apply Now!
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Want to get in on the ground floor? Houston-based mobile grocery store startup Grit Grocery is busy raising funds. After several successful test runs, the food truck/grocery store mash-up is looking for investors interested in food supply chain innovation. Find out more.  
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Paris and Co, the French tech accelerator, has opened applications for their next cohort of startups who want to expand into the French market. Their one-month program, "How to Make it in Paris," is free and will start in October. Apply here.
Upcoming Events
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August 20, Austin. Created in 2008 in response to the lack of education around heritage breed pigs, Cochon555 is a nose-to-tail competition dedicated to supporting family farmers and educating chefs and diners about the agricultural importance of using Old World livestock. They work with every type of restaurant and bar imaginable — Mom-and-Pop, farm-to-table, BBQ, Michelin star — and participating chefs all share one core value: They source products responsibly. Their 2017 culinary tour starts in New York City and culminates with the finale, Grand Cochon. Get tickets.
From The Archive
Overhead view of largest market in Mexico

The City That Feeds Mexico

Surrounded by volcanic mountains on Mexico City's high plateau, the footprint of the Central de Abasto market measures a whopping 327 hectares — making it just slightly smaller than New York's Central Park.

The traffic jam to enter the world’s largest food market begins around 3 a.m. Trucks of all sizes stream in, heavy with oranges from Veracruz or chiles from Chihuahua, manned by drowsy drivers who left their hometowns the day before to make the trip. Imported cargo arrives via shorter daily runs from the neighboring international airport, and still other lorries cross several countries via the Pan-American Highway to sell their goods at Mexico City’s Central de AbastoRead more.

 Food Chain News

Metro (UK) - Workers to Get ‘Microchipped’ to Pay for Food from Canteen. Read more.
The Verge - The World's First Crewless Ship Will Launch Next Year. Find out more.
Business Insider - New Company 'Brandless' Will Sell Everything For Three Dollars. Read more.
Food Dive - Campbell Leaving GMA at the End of the Year, Citing Differences in 'Purpose and Principles'. Check it out.
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