The Biodiverse Shelf at Mista


About the biodiverse shelf at mista

This exhibit, located at the Mista Optimization Center in San Francisco, is designed to help you explore why biodiversity is critical to the future of food. We invite you to discover the biodiverse products and ingredients that are contributing to a food system that’s better for people and planet.

75% of the world’s food comes from just 12 plants and 5 animal species, according to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization.

This concentration around just a few foods ignores the deliciously diverse bounty of tens of thousands of underutilized foods across the globe, not to mention the communities that cultivate them. It also makes our food system less resilient to threats like disease, pests, and climate change.

A biodiverse food system sits at the intersection of taste and sustainability. Not only do eaters benefit from an entire world of variety, flavor, and nutrition, but our planet benefits from the increased resilience, productivity, and strength that a biodiverse system brings.

Currently featured brands


in this exhibit

  • The Biodiverse Shelf: Taste and experiment with the products and ingredients selected for their nutritional value, environmental and social impact, and biodiversity.

  • Learn About Biodiversity: Look closer at the issues and data related to biodiversity on our interactive touchscreen kiosk.

  • Future Market Concept Products: Explore over 40 concept food products on the digital kiosk that imagine what food might look like in the next 5 to 25 years, from biodiverse foods, to personalized nutrition, to lab grown meat, and more.


about mista

MISTA creates the future of food by bridging the gap that exists in the current food system structure. MISTA is an optimizer —more encompassing than an incubator or accelerator—enabling start-ups and established corporations to optimize ideas, products, people and investments.

MISTA does all of this through a unique member-based platform that focuses on a reciprocal ecosystem. Large companies helping start-ups. Start-ups helping large companies. All with a vision of creating the future of food.

The MISTA Optimization Center is the home base for MISTA operations, located in the Mission District of San Francisco, CA. More info at