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Florida Food Forum: Technology in the Food Production System

  • 26 Jun 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Microsoft teams link below or +1 941-306-1146 United States, Sarasota (Toll); Conference ID: 127 521 882#

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Florida Food Forum - June's Topic:
Technology in the Food Production System

Join us online from 12-1pm (ET) on Friday, June 26th, for the Florida Food Forum on "Technology in the Food Production System." Ricky Stephens, Director of Digital Strategy at Agritecture Consulting, will be presenting on this important topic. Following the presentation will be a discussion and Q&A session.

Description: For much of the last decade, a range of commentators have weighed in on the idea that farming was the "least digitized" of all major global industries, and, given that it employs roughly 1 in 3 workers around the world, stood the most to gain from the incorporation of new technology. 

A lot has changed in the past 5-10 years, as private investment into agtech and foodtech startups has exploded, reaching $20 billion last year. But even more will change in the next 5-10 years, as some of these innovations reach a critical mass and start to shape our lives and the food we eat in a variety of ways. We'll explore how in this talk.

Bio: Ricky Stephens is the Director of Digital Strategy at Agritecture Consulting, a global leader in urban agriculture planning services. Ricky manages all aspects of Agritecture’s digital strategy and online user engagement. He has led programming for multiple urban agriculture conferences and is heavily involved in the NYC Agriculture Collective. Before joining Agritecture, Ricky founded AgTech X, New York’s first incubator space dedicated solely to AgTech education and entrepreneurship. Previously, Ricky served as Manager of Marketing Analytics for Red Ventures, where he helped build out the company’s first international office in Brazil. He holds a BA in History from Davidson College.

Forum Host: Dell deChant is the Associate Chair of the Religious Studies Department at the University of South Florida and a member of the Board of Directors at the Florida Food Policy Council.

The Florida Food Forum is a free event and a recording will be made available to the public after the webinar. To support our work, please consider becoming a member or making a donation.

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Disclaimer: The views of the presenters do not represent the views of the Florida Food Policy Council. We are a forum for the offering and sharing of information and encourage diversity and communication within the food system.

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