119 Organizations Shaking Up the Food System in 2019

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Katherine Walla, Natalie Quathamer, Arden Kelley, and Amanda Cather

Often times, many people have archaic views of agriculture and the food system. However there are numerous organizations working to change the prospective and innovating the future of agriculture. Check out these 119 Organizations that are changing the food system in the excerpt from Food Tank.

2018 was a great year for Food Tank. We hosted ground-breaking Summits, innovative events, and global discussions about the food system in Senegal, Italy, Russia, and across the United States. We published the book Nourished Planet, and met many of our members and readers in person! And we started the Food Talk podcast.

We’re excited about 2019! Our plans are amazing, starting our greatest expansion ever—including new Summits, more podcasts, special events, and an off-Broadway play. If you are not already, it’s not too late to become a member this year and support our mission of bringing all sides to the table.

To start off the year, we’ve compiled a list of 119 organizations to keep an eye on in 2019 that are working towards a more sustainable food system. Happy New Year!

1. Acre Venture Partners

Acre Venture Partners is a venture capital fund investing in the future of food by offering financial support to start-ups in health, nutrition, or food-focused tech companies. Co-Founded by Jeffrey Dunn and featuring partner Sam Kass, Acre seeks to redefine good food across the food value chain.

2. AgFunder

AgFunder is an online investment marketplace that both allows venture capitalists to invest in new technologies and invites agricultural companies to seek out investors who back their product. The platform has helped companies around the world raise the money needed to transform the food and agriculture industries, with the support of over 50,000 members and subscribers.

3. American Farmland Trust (AFT)

AFT began after farmers and conservationists in 1980 discussed how developing arable farmland would impact the food supply. Today, AFT is dedicated to protecting farmland, those who work on it, and the environment through sound agricultural practices. AFT’s report “Farms Under Threat: The State of America’s Farmland” exposes the rate at which America’s farmland is disappearing.

4. Arava Institute

Located in the Middle East, The Arava Institute is an academic hub for those looking to research and solve the most pressing environmental concerns of the day. The Arava Institute has five transboundary research centers, including the Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Center for Hyper-Arid Socio-Ecology. The Centers are dedicated to the investigation and preservation of arid lands and their natural resources across the Middle East.

5. Arcadia Center for Food and Agriculture

Based in Alexandria, VA, this nonprofit fosters equity and sustainability in the Washington, D.C. area food system through a multi-faceted operation. Arcadia Farm promotes sustainable growing practices, serves as an educational site for farmers and students, and increases access to local, healthy food through programs like the Mobile Market.