Research

New technologies have the potential to dramatically reconfigure the future of food production, distribution, and consumption. The Agri-Food Technology Research (AFTeR) Project explores how the emerging Food Tech and Ag Tech sectors are taking shape, what problems they aim to solve, and what kind of food system futures they envision. While many scholars work to understand the social and ecological implications of individual technologies, we compose a cohesive place-based analysis of the sector as it is emerging in California’s technology-agriculture interface: Silicon Valley. Our process includes inventorying entrepreneurial endeavors, interviewing stakeholders, observing knowledge exchange and business development activities, and tracing the networks enabling technological innovations for the agri-food system. This work is a collaboration among the University of California campuses at Berkeley, Santa Cruz and Davis, and is funded by the National Science Foundation (Grant # 1749184).