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Plans are already well underway to build on last week’s global food innovation summit – Seed&Chips.

Barack Obama put in his first major appearance since leaving office as the event’s keynote speaker, and it firmly cemented Milan as the world capital of food innovation and technology. But the team behind it are busy laying the ground for an even bigger gathering in 2018.

“This exceptional edition of Seeds&Chips and Barack Obama’s extraordinary participation have established once and for all that Milan and Italy are the world’s hub and global reference point of Food and FoodTech. This, while reaffirming our role as a laboratory focused on finding solutions to the major global challenges, from production and nutrition to the sustainable use of resources and climate change,” said Marco Gualtieri, founder of Seeds&Chips . “Today, more than ever, especially among the new generations, we have technological tools and skills at our fingertips that make it possible for us to face and overcome these challenges. It is our duty and responsibility to invest in and to support youth and innovation, especially in a key sector such as that of food. This in turn will result in an improvement in our lives and better conditions for the whole planet. President Obama personally asked me to collaborate on the themes of youth, food and innovation. A wonderful opportunity for Milano and Italy as a country and a notable and far-reaching task for Seeds&Chips that next year will host one outstanding keynote speaker each day of the Global Food Innovation Summit. Former US Secretary of State John Kerry has been the first to confirm his participation in 2018.”

A number of pioneering companies and startups picked up awards this year, in recognition of their innovative products, including Rise Products – an American company which upcycles spent barley from microbreweries into flour for bakers. And AeroFarms, a vertical farming tech company that produces fresh fruit and veg ‘without sunlight, soil, or pesticides’.

Save the date now for next year: 7-10 May 2018, Milan.

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