There has been an explosion in new resources and technologies for local and regional food systems. The folks over at Food Hub recently launched an interactive graphic to help make sense of these technologies according to their use across the supply chain.
We think it’s pretty cool. As they state under the “caveats” section of the site, not every organization is represented, and some may be categorized differently than you (or we) might, but it’s a useful tool for sorting through this crop of companies.
FoodHub labels the businesses as having to do with some combination of farming, aggregating, distributing, finding or buying. A few examples from the visualization: Farmigo and GoodEggs (farming and buying) are e-commerce platforms that make it easier for consumers to purchase food directly from farmers and food artisans. Relay Foods and Wholeshare (buying and distributing) help to link up producers and buyers. FarmersWeb and Aglocal (buying) are platforms that enable wholesale buying of produce and meats, respectively. LocalOrbit and FoodHub Pro (aggregating) are operations software for farms, farmers markets, food hubs and CSAs to help them track customers, orders and inventory.
It’s a great bunch of companies that are really just getting started.