Appetite for Disruption: Saving the Food Supply
The Signal: Searches for “food supply” are at unprecedented highs as people around the world confront uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, creative entrepreneurs are needed to help move food, equipment, knowledge, and other resources in order to ensure the stability of global food supplies. Opportunities are varied, and include:
DTC Meat: COVID-19 outbreaks have forced several large US meat processors to close indefinitely, making it difficult to keep supermarket shelves stocked.
While ranchers have plenty of livestock, and searches for “local meat” are high, there’s currently no easy way for these two groups to connect. Safety laws prohibit ranchers from processing the meat themselves, and prevent them from using smaller meat processors (which don’t undergo the required safety inspections).
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