MBOLD™ members believe that the future of food and agriculture must be one that nourishes a growing global population while protecting and preserving the Earth’s natural resource base for generations to come. Minnesota’s globally leading cluster of food and agriculture businesses, researchers and producers has a vital role to play in making that future a reality.
Leaders of some of the world’s foremost food and agriculture companies, research institutions and nonprofit organizations are driving MBOLD’s work to test and execute solutions to the biggest challenges facing our food system.
From our home base in Minnesota — a state with an unparalleled concentration of globally leading food and agriculture companies and research institutions — we work together across our membership across to accelerate solutions that address pressing challenges in food and agriculture, catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship, and foster opportunities for stakeholders across the value chain.
Building soil health and reducing emissions are critical as we tackle climate change and make our food system more resilient. MBOLD is engaging farmers and ranchers to adopt soil health and water stewardship practices, build markets for alternative crops and manage the risk that farmers face when taking new approaches.
Flexible films are used throughout the food and agriculture sectors for food packaging, hay bales, pallet wrap and more, but only 5% of U.S. flexible packaging film gets recycled. MBOLD is changing that by developing a circular economy for flexible film in the Upper Midwest to reduce use of virgin plastic, cut waste and give these materials a second life.
Bold ideas from innovators and entrepreneurs will be essential as we navigate the critical challenges facing our food system now and into the future. MBOLD brings together the disruptive thinking of entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world with the reach and acumen of large global companies to take good ideas to scale.
The future of food and agriculture depends on passionate people contributing their skills across the food system. To meet the challenges ahead, we need to work together and invite everyone to the table. MBOLD is connecting talent with opportunities to thrive in food and agriculture.
Through a unique collaboration with the University of Minnesota and the State of Minnesota, MBOLD has developed Minnesota’s first predictive food security platform to shed new light on the extent and geography of unmet food needs in Minnesota and support effective planning in these volatile times.