Taking Better Food Pics to Help Japan, Funding Startups to Help Farmers
Wright is offering the book in two formats and price points: print on demand ($44.44 at Blurb -- $10 goes to charity) and ePub or PDF ($20 via Tradebit -- $14 goes to charity). The hardback version, released first, has raised $750 so far.
2. Technology and Sustainable Agriculture. Techcrunch posted an essay earlier this week from iLike and LinkExchange cofounder Ali Partovi that has been ricocheting through my Twitter feed. Partovi, an angel investor, does things like help Zappo's get off the ground -- and is channeling resources toward the food industry.
Feel free to breeze through the first part of his essay, a familiar conversion story, until you get to the part about the startups he's investing in. Farmigo has developed software systems to help farmers manage their CSAs (there's a more detailed article about the S.F.-based company on Civil Eats). Another startup is plotting to build greenhouses on grocery stores in colder-weather states, while a third is helping farmers analyze their soil chemistry more frequently and efficiently to reduce fertilizer use. Whether or not any of these individual businesses succeed, I'm heartened by the fact that investors like Partovi are funding the development of infrastructure to help sustainable farming grow.