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Written by The Uptake Published on     2 mins read

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From farm to table, with a couple stops in between.

Hey. Brady here.

When I was growing up, my family would visit my grandparents’ farm during most summers. I would help out with various tasks that had to be done. Later on, I became a student at a university that was around a 90-minute drive away from the farm, so I’d head up there two or three times a month to build or repair fences, fix electrical wiring, deal with wild dogs, and herd goats.

Being on a farm gives you a lot of time to think about things. One concept I mulled over repeatedly was, unsurprisingly, the efficiencies of the ways we acquire our food. Most farms utilize their resources fully. It’s simply coded into the general practice of growing crops and rearing livestock.

But just a short drive from my grandparents’ place were two megamarkets, where the food waste was apparent. Crates of produce and packaged food ended up in dumpsters each day. The difference in attitudes was like night and day.

I bring this up because there is a young startup operating in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur that actively seeks out ways to prevent that waste. It’s called TreeDots, and it just raised USD 11 million in Series A funding.

Stephanie wrote about the investment and TreeDots’ services. You can read her report here.

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