What We Do
Food+City is an organization committed to inspiring supply chain innovation and big ideas for how cities across the globe are fed.
Food+City provokes fresh perspectives on the realities of how we feed cities and inspire action. We do this by spurring innovation in the food supply chain through our Food+City Startup Challenge, a variety of events, and storytelling, both online and with a semi-annual print magazine. We raise awareness of the opportunities for improvement in our food systems and support companies that will shape the future of food.
FOOD+CITY STARTUP CHALLENGE
Our annual startup challenge competition celebrated its fourth year in 2018 as part of the SXSW conference in Austin. In the past four years nearly 75 startups from all over the world have competed, and we have awarded $180,000 in cash prizes.
Our 2019 Food+City Startup Challenge will be part of SXSW for the second consecutive year and will take place in March 2019. In 2018, fourteen finalists from around the globe competed for $30,000 in March 2018 with three great companies taking home the prizes.
Food+City publishes a semiannual magazine and tells stories about the global food supply chain. With history as our guide, we turn an eye toward the future with a focus on illuminating opportunities for innovation and provoking fresh ideas about how we feed cities. The fourth issue of our magazine was published in spring of 2018, and the fifth issue will be published in fall of 2018.
Together, we will raise awareness of the opportunities for improvement in our food systems and uncover insights that will shape how we make our world more sustainable. We’ll explore how food moves around the world, the surprising complexity of distribution, how politics, economics and trade create (and thwart) food crises, and much more.
We’re going to uncover what’s missing in our current food systems and raise up the people addressing those needs. We’ll do so by challenging and testing all assumptions, beliefs and technologies, and including you squarely in the process.
Why now? Our world is more engaged with and interested in food topics than ever before. It’s an exciting and encouraging time — we know there are major changes needed in food and realize the improvements we make today impact the public health and ultimate survival of the global population forever.
Despite growing interest in food topics, there is a lack of awareness and understanding around the systems and processes that feed our cities, and the ways those impact sustainability. We must bring that awareness and understanding, and harness the zeal of our communities to inspire, discover, and share the ideas that will improve our global food system.
Issue one of Food+City explores the largest food market in the world in Mexico City, follows a banana to a bodega in New York City and examines how a famous gelato store in Rome navigates the cities challenging logistical issues.
Issue two of Food+City Magazine goes to the ends of the earth and beyond to discover what it takes to feed people in remote places like Antarctica and the International Space Station. In Tokyo we delve into what the relocation of the world’s largest fish market means for the city, and in Rio de Janeiro we take a look at how a city feeds the Olympic Games.
Our third and most recent issue is now available! We take a deep dive into how food waste is repurposed, explore the history of canned foods, take a look at the jobs of some high-tech agri-robots and examine whether urban agriculture really has the power to feed cities.