As 2018 draws to a close, we can't help but think about the big picture. From flooding to wildfires, deforestation to loss of potable water, this was a year in which concerns about the environment that had seemed distant and abstract not so long ago became a tangible presence in our lives. But there are reasons to be hopeful, and they were on display when we visited this year's cutting-edge Food Loves Tech conference in Brooklyn’s Industry City.

It’s a conference where small, cutting-edge brands with a foot in the worlds of food and technology come together to show off their own visions of the future. This year, we felt a true sea change in the tone and focus of the products being presented. What we saw were solutions for a rapidly urbanizing world where the environment and sustainability are primary concerns - but, at the same time, where the environment can't necessarily be depended on as a resource.

It’s heartening to see that there are young, creative entrepreneurs dedicating their time and energy to tackling these challenges, and we think there is something all of us could learn in their resourcefulness and idealism.

We here at Consumer Eyes wish you a happy, safe holiday season and a boundlessly creative 2019!

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Farmshelf is building self-contained indoor hydroponic farms, turning food miles into food feet.

Seek Food is making cricket protein approachable, with a variety of new products and a chic aesthetic

Edenworks operates an aquaponic farm in Brooklyn, where fish and plants create a symbiotic feedback loop

Rind has made the peel the centerpiece of their snacks, boosting their nutrient and fiber content while minimizing waste

Algama’s Good Spoon mayonnaise is made from nutritious, sustainable micro-algae

Australis’ Barramundi are a species of fish exceptionally suited to large-scale farming, rich in omega-3s and free of antibiotics