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Covid-19 Resignation • AgTech Startups & Sustainable Food • The West Is Winning

February 29, 2020

After a few unfortunate delays (some virus related, some technical), American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg are back, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international news! This week:

  • Covid-19 continues quickly, and we're becoming resigned to that. (Some of the data we mention are already out of date.) It just feeds the ennui... 
  • Recently, the western nations got together at the Munich Security Conference. The US says the west is winning. We're not sure what that means.
  • Amidst the gloom, a positive story! Bill interviews Naveen Sikka of TerViva, an AgTech startup working to develop an ancient tree species into a new, non-GMO food crop. Yeah, we said "AgTech startup". Not everything is IT. Many thanks to The Yield, an AgTech accelerator, for the tip.
  • And of course, our usual dose of happy news. AI might have begun to crack antibacterial resistance. 

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Bill & Nikolaj