What we're about
Quota is an online news and events magazine where great minds think aloud. Every penny you invest in us is spent on journalism dedicated to fine-tuning the food system. We speak directly to the world's most influential business, policy and research professionals who work in food. This way we reduce hunger, climate change, and exploitation.
Already we have built up a community of 25,000 senior professionals who work across the entire food ecosystem. Our audience believes that if they work more closely together, the improvements can be dramatic and fast. We want to take Quota to the next level to hold them to account on that - and share their hard-won milestones along the way.
Our business model
Please help us establish Quota. Once we are on a firm footing, we will become self-funding through sponsorship, advertising, and subscriptions. We aim to be the go-to brand for advertising university courses, jobs, research funding, and for publishing research. We have already taken our first steps and attracted sponsorship from a handful of corporates who support our aims.
A little more about the problem
Hunger and malnutrition remain the biggest cause of the death in the world – not Covid, not cancer.
The world produces enough to feed everyone but dysfunction across subsidies, farming, transport, wages, animal health, poor planning and many other elements of the food system causes 30,000 deaths a day from hunger and malnutrition – even in countries producing plenty.
One third of all food produced is wasted due to dysfunction in the system.
One third of all carbon emissions are from food production – so fixing the food system is also the best way to address climate change.
A little more about the solution
Simple co-operation across the various elements of the food system – not extra money or charity – would address the problems.
Quota’s specialist food systems community brings together the global business, policy and research fields. Co-operation among this influential group offers the greatest opportunity to change the food system for the better.
The food and agriculture industry is worth at least US$8 trillion. Food-related humanitarian aid has risen to more than US$6.5 billion, up from US$5.3 billion in 2016.
This is big business and we’re here to help it do better.
Quota delivers the news and information to support these business decisions, through:
- A morning news précis, Daily Quota - sign up here
- Fresh, investigative journalism – on everything from innovation to catastrophe
- Great research that needs a wider audience for true impact
- Briefings on the biggest topics in food
Every penny that you invest will help fund Quota's award-winning journalism, that's it. Your contributions will directly support the journalists and writers who are chasing the most important news in food systems.
Who are we?
Quota was set up by Gavin Wren and Lise Colyer. Gavin is a well-respected food policy consultant - who absolutely knows his onions when it comes to food systems. Gavin has behind the scenes access to news and research at the highest levels.
Lise is a journalist and campaigner who operates in the business world as a senior communicator and editor. Lise has a track record of holding the most senior corporate, policy and NGO leaders' feet to the fire.
At Quota we are on the side of food security. That’s it. We are endlessly curious about the relationship between environmental sustainability, commodities markets, farming, science, policies and food agencies, whose efforts combine to put food on our tables.
Our primal response to good food is never forgotten. We love our food.
And we love good journalism. Our business model prioritises the re-investment of income into our award-winning reporting.
Content of record
We strive only to publish content that contributes to food security. If we don’t believe a story will remain relevant, we won’t publish it.
Quota’s Latin motto, Sol omnibus lucet, “The sun shines on everyone”, is from the 1st-Century Roman novel Satyricon by Gaius Petronius. Under the same sun, we all have a role to play in food security. And, we all suffer when food systems fail.
The bee goddess in our logo is in the British Museum. She’s believed to be from the 7th century BC, was found in Rhodes, and her worship dates far further back. For Quota, she represents the vital role bees play in the food ecosystem, the pollination of ideas, better relationships we foster, and the great pleasure that honey has always been – our first sweet treat before sugar crops were developed.
Quota TV and Omnibuzz
You will find filmed interviews with food specialists from around the world on our YouTube channel. We’re calling the series Omnibuzz.
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