FOODSHOT #1:
INNOVATING SOIL 3.0, DEEP DIVE
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE INAUGURAL FOODSHOT, INNOVATING SOIL
3.0 AND CHECK OUT OUR 2018-2019 ANNUAL REPORT.

When we launched our inaugural FoodShot, Innovating Soil 3.0, we made a long-term commitment to
building and implementing a new soil operating system, one that shifts global agricultural production
systems from extractive to restorative practices that establish soil as the foundation for a healthier, more
sustainable, and more equitable 21st century food system.
FOODSHOT #1: INNOVATING SOIL 3.0

WHY SOIL 3.0?
INNOVATION CAN ENABLE SOIL, ON A GLOBAL BASIS, TO SUSTAIN 10 BILLION
PEOPLE AND SUSTAIN THE PLANET

Soil began its journey as a mixture of organic matter and minerals, creating an evolutionary ecosystem that enabled agriculture to take root — this was Soil 1.0. With the advent of synthetic fertilizers and industrialized farming, soil has become a delivery medium for chemicals to fight weeds and pests and enhance yields — this is Soil 2.0.

While yields have indeed increased, this system is destorying soil organic matter, turning soil into dirt, leaching fertilizers, and creating an over-reliance on irrigation, reduced capacity to withstand drought, and higher input costs for farmers. Ultimately, Soil 2.0 cannot meet the demands of a growing global population and a resource-constrained planet where we have to grow more with less. We need a new soil operating system.
In its inaugural annual FoodShot, we aim to identify breakthrough solutions that create the new soil operating system — Soil 3.0 — in which advances in biology, chemistry, data, genetics, machine learning, and technology will re-establish a symbiotic relationship between agriculture and soil in our modern food system. Soil 3.0 will enable soil, on a global basis, to sustain 10 billion people and sustain the planet.

INNOVATING SOIL 3.0 SOLUTIONS
FoodShot Global winners will build a new soil foundation by providing technological or ecological tools that enable farmers to maximize the long-term health of the land and reverse the trend of Soil 2.0, in which inputs prioritize near-term agricultural yields at the expense of future fertility.
INNOVATION PRIORITIES
After our first cycle, FoodShot is in a unique position to identify critical gaps in the soil innovation market. In this next iteration of our soil FoodShot we are laser focused on filling three key gaps that have the maximum potential for global impact
01
SOIL CARBON MEASUREMENT:
Breakthrough advances in mobile, remote, and accurate soil carbon sensing technologies.

Despite improvements in sensing technologies, including spectral imaging, drone surveillance, and satellite data, there is still no reliable remote, mobile sensing method to quickly and accurately quantify soil carbon content. Measuring soil carbon more efficiently and less invasively will accelerate establishment of carbon markets and rewards for farmers to provide ecosystem services, such as soil carbon sequestration.
02
MICROBIOME FUNCTIONALITY:
Breakthrough advances in harnessing the functional attributes of the soil microbiome.

The majority of soil microbes have not yet been isolated, and molecular details underlying their functions are largely unknown. We must go beyond a predictive understanding of microbe function based on the genome/ metagenome to understand actual functions carried out by the soil microbiome in situ. Once these microbial communities and functions, we anticipate even greater efficacy in microbial inputs.
03
RAPID ADOPTION OF REGENERATIVE PRACTICES:
Breakthrough systems and tools that radically increase adoption of regenerative soil management.

Soil management varies widely based on soil type, crop selection, weather, weed/pest pressure, and other factors, and it is important to understand the environmental, societal, and community context when identifying potential interventions to improve soil health. Tools and systems that allow farmers to rapidly adopt and implement better soil health practices are essential to achieving the benefits of a new soil operating system.
DEADLINE TO APPLY
AUGUST 30, 2020

FOODSHOT GLOBAL LAUNCHED THE NEW FOODSHOTS
PRECISION PROTEIN AND INNOVATING SOIL 3.0, REMIXED ON
APRIL 21, 2020, AND BEGAN ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS AND
NOMINATIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN EARLY 2021.
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