In the quest to curb climate change, we must remember that there are low-tech methods at our disposal that can achieve similar results with much less initial investment. In fact, there is already an economical large-scale technology for removing carbon from the atmosphere: agroforestry.
Agroecology, holistic resource management, permaculture, and regenerative agriculture. These inspiring testaments to human ingenuity and goodwill have two things in common: They involve smaller-scale farms adapted to local conditions, and they depend more on human attention and care than on energy and technology.
The climate–food connection has been largely absent from the climate discussions – at least in the official circles. It shows how the industrial food system is a main culprit when it comes to the climate crisis, and illustrates how agroecology and food sovereignty offer solutions.
Real wealth generation requires increasing capacity in all members of a living system — all stakeholders — so that each new generation of wealth building extends and evolves the last. It is rooted in their evolving ability and propensity to express essence — for themselves, their materials, and those that they serve.
Investing in regenerative agriculture has the potential to address not only the food supply but also climate change, peace and conflict resolution and the water supply to boot. This impact investing strategy could be the biggest lever for creating positive change available to investors today. It also appears to generate healthy financial returns.
Capitalism introduces the element of preserving some of the surplus and reinvesting it to drive the future creation process. It is in this context that the responsible corporation asks itself, “What future are we envisioning and how well does it harmonize with how living systems work?”
This podcast is with Propagate Ventures who has set out to redefine agriculture by working with investors, farmers and brands to implement regenerative agroforestry solutions. Meet the founders. Jeremy Kaufman, Ethan Steinberg and Harry Greene
Syntropic Agriculture is an innovative design methodology and set of farming techniques that has quickly swept across the regenerative agriculture space. Ernst Gotsch popularized the practices over several decades, while Fazenda da Toca most recently catapulted it all into the mainstream with the film Life in Syntropy. Syntropic farming has taken hold in Brazil and the tropics, but today we ask: How can we apply these concepts to cold climates?
Nori empowers enterprises and individuals with a full range of solutions to begin the reversal of climate change. In this session, we discussed a wide range of solutions for carbon dioxide removal, from mature to nascent, including: soil, managed mine tailings, direct air capture, and agroforestry. We discussed the technology readiness, advantages, and challenges for scaling each method.