Food For Thought: New Sources, New Systems

Food is an essential and a constant in our lives. Every day. Three squares a day. The ways in which we produce, process, and engage with food has notably changed in the last decade. "Food for Thought: New Sources, New Systems” is the subject of Larta’s Global Ag Innovation Network (GAIN) next forum, which will dig into consumer trends in food and nutrition and the implications for the production of food itself on October 20th in downtown Los Angeles.

The line-up of food industry experts will showcase specific instances and innovative business models in the food value chain in Southern California.

Three Southern California entrepreneurs and an investor, representing diverse interests pertinent to the production and consumption of food will come together to discuss the region as ground zero in the revolution in food, the changing habits of consumers and their journeys toward building enterprises in the sector. The discussion will also include an investor’s perspective, specifically, what type of food startups are attracting investment across geographies.

The event is a spotlight event with LAEDC’s LA Innovation Week, and is organized in partnership with Sidley Austin LLP, DuPont Pioneer, and the Haworth Studio. Join us for the lively discussion and, appropriately, lunch.


Food for Thought: New Sources, New Systems L.A. Innovation Week – October 20th, 2015

Location: Haworth Showroom - 444 South Flower Street, Suite 4800, Los Angeles, CA 90017 Registration: 11:00AM – 11:30AM

Roundtable Discussion: 11:300AM – 12:30PM Lunch: 12:30PM – 1:30PM

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Brian Albert, Founder of L.A. Prepa full-time production space for whole food producers, the first of its kind in the U.S.

Anita Jones-Mueller, Founder of, an online nutritionist for folks with dietary restrictions whose imperative at mealtime is to find the healthiest thing on the menu

Nan Kohler, Owner of Grist and Toll, an urban mill dedicated to the milling of specialty flours

Phil Erlanger, Managing Partner, Pontifax Global Food and Ag Technology Fund, LLP

Rohit Shukla (Moderator), CEO of Larta Institute, an LA-based business accelerator specializing in innovations in ag, food, life sciences and technology

About GAIN Larta Institute’s Global Ag Innovation Network (GAIN) is a national leadership forum series bringing together agriculture industry influencers to share insights on trends and models, and spur investment in cutting-edge agricultural technology. Quarterly GAIN forums draw a diverse cross-section of the ag industry, including entrepreneurs, corporations, investment firms, academia, research organizations, government agencies, foundations, professional services providers, professionals at the C-suite and senior management levels and other stakeholders.

The Global Ag Innovators Network, GAIN’s predecessor, was formed in 2009 by a mid-West agribusiness investor as a regional members-only ag association. In 2013, Larta assumed ownership of GAIN, rebranded it, and expanded its geographical and sector focus. Past GAIN events have showcased current trends in ag research, ag tech innovation and investments, biologicals, climate change, closed loop (indoor) agriculture, and soil stimulants.

About LA Innovation Week Los Angeles Innovation Week is a countywide celebration of the breadth of innovation and creativity within our region. From cleantech to gaming to aerospace and digital media and beyond, Los Angeles is a leading global center for innovation and entrepreneurship rooted in boundless creativity and diversity. Learn more at www.Innovate.LA

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