CRUSONIA FORUM—BKLYN 2021 brings investors together with the innovators, entrepreneurs and thought leaders transforming the global food system.

In the US, the cost of treating food-related disease exceeds the cost of the food itself. And food production produces more than a quarter of total CHG emissions.

Consumers are clearly ready for change: 39% are actively trying to incorporate more plant-based food into their diet and 67% are open to changing their eating habits that adversely impact the environment.

But transforming the global food system for the better can only be accomplished through increased innovation, education and investment.   

In the morning there will be presentations and group discussions. The afternoon will feature a farm-to-table lunch, followed by a series of company presentations and investor meetings — ending with a cocktail party on Brooklyn Grange’s wonderful roof-top farm.

This is your opportunity to identify and learn more about  leaders and companies defining the new face of agriculture at the nexus of food and health.

This Crusonia forum is a free, invitation-only event and attendance will be strictly limited to 100 participants.

The venue is a sheltered, open-air rooftop farm easily accessible by Uber, subway and ferry from Manhattan.


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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

8:00 am

Healthy, Fresh Breakfast

8:30 am



Paul Noglows, Executive Producer, Crusonia

8:32 am

Brief Overview and Welcome to Brooklyn Grange

Gwen Schantz, Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer, Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm

8:35 am


The Next Investment Arbitrage: Food Is Health

Carter Williams, CEO, iSelect Fund

8:45 am

How Did We Get Here? Food System Evolution


Nancy Roman, President and CEO, Partnership for a Healthier America

9:00 am

Food is Health: What's Your Fix?


Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L., Professor emeritus of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Best-selling Author: Fat Chance, Metabolical

9:30 am

Investing in Food Is Health: The View from the Farm


Aaron Lee, General Manager, Cornerstone Family Farms
Lon Gretillat, VP Sales & Marketing, CropTrak
Kip Tom, Managing Member & CEO, Tom Farms

Moderator: Anthony Kingsley, Director, Impact & ESG, Benson Hill

10:00 am

Investing in Food Is Health: The View from Wall Street

Brian Holland, Managing Director & Senior Analyst, Cowen
Adam Samuelson, VP & Agribusiness Equity Research Analyst, Goldman Sachs
Ben Theurer, Director & Senior Analyst, Americas Agribusiness, Barclays

Moderator: Paul Noglows, former “Best on the Street” Senior Analyst, Internet & Media, Hambrecht & Quist and former Director of Research, Lazard Capital Markets

10:30 am


Featuring coffee and fresh fruit juice

10:45 am

A Systems Approach to Food is Health


Kellie Lauth, CEO and President, MindSpark
Hollie Harris Phillips - CEO, Appalachian Regional Healthcare

Anastasia Cole Plakias, co-founder and COO, Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm
Rachel Atcheson, Deputy Strategist, Brooklyn Borough President's Office

Moderator: Geof Rochester, Director, App Harvest and Founder, GRC Advising

11:15 am

Investing in Food Is Health: Challenges &  Opportunities


Matt Crisp, CEO & Co-founder, Benson Hill
Sanjeev Krishnan, Chief investment Officer, S2G Ventures
David Lee, President, AppHarvest 

Moderator: Carter Williams, CEO, iSelect


Locally-sourced Farm-to-Table Lunch


Served rooftop at Brooklyn Grange

1:00 PM

The New Food System


An afternoon of concise 10-12 minute company presentations by grouping to investors on the main stage. Presenting company CEOs will be available to investors over the course of the afternoon at designated spots in and around the rooftop pavilion.

Better Ingredients Drive More Nutritious Food
Refined, processed food is literally killing us. If we want to improve human health, we have to start with the ingredients in the food we eat – higher macro and micro nutrient content, less processed, and fewer allergens.

  • Benson Hill
  • Bonumose
  • Ripple

Nature Can Treat Many Health Conditions
Almost 2/3’s of drugs are synthetic derivatives of natural compounds. Why don’t we just leverage what Mother Nature has already given us?

  • Brightseed
  • Evolve Bio

Digitizing Farm Operations
Agriculture is one of the least digitized industrial sectors. Bringing data and technology to the farm enables both operational and financial improvements.

  • Arable
  • Growers Edge

Improving Soil Health and Sustainability
Synthetic chemistry dominates the crop inputs market across both nutrients and crop protection, but have significant negative health and environmental externalities. Biology reduces many of the negative externalities, but has not been as effective, until now.

  • Vestaron
  • Kula Bio
  • Terramerra

Scaling Access to Nutritious Foods

  • AppHarvest
  • Fifth Season

DNA and RNA in Food, Ag and Human Health
Genetics are at the basis of all life and have the potential to dramatically change how we think about food, agriculture and human health.

  • Greenlight Biosciences
  • Cofactor Genomics
  • Molecular Assemblies

4:30 pm

Food Is Health: The Path Forward

Q&A and discussion with forum speakers and investors focused on innovation and transformative investment opportunities

5:00 pm

Closing Networking Rooftop Cocktail Party Presented by Cowen


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Crusonia and Brooklyn Grange will be following all NYC guidance and proof of vaccine will be required before entry to the rooftop. The venue is a sheltered, open-air rooftop farm and the event will be limited to 100 participants (50% capacity). All support staff will be masked.

NYC Proof of Vaccination Requirements



  1. DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN (Closest commute to venue)

New York Marriot at the Brooklyn Bridge (4 star)

Not walkable to the venue.
Located right in Downtown Brooklyn. On site  parking.

Near NRW subway station - 10 mins subway ride
Transport by uber/car service or subways 10-20 mins. traffic TBD on time of day.

  1. BROOKLYN BRIDGE  (Close commute to venue and Manhattan)

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge (5 star) More expensive, but nicer neighborhood/views--Doubles cost effective if people willing to share a Room.

Not walkable to the venue.
Located right near the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights / DUMBO.
Transport by uber/car service, FERRY, or subways combo 20-30 mins. traffic TBD on time of day