Many farms have areas where the ground either floods or does not retain enough water or fertilizer for crops to thrive. Such marginal lands could become useful and potentially profitable if they are planted with perennial bioenergy crops such as shrub willow and switchgrass.
A report by member organizations of the Agroforestry Network provides evidence of how agroforestry can contribute to implementation of nine out of the 17 SDGs, with the strongest impact potential for poverty reduction (SDG 1) and hunger alleviation (SDG 2), as well as for climate action (SDG 13) and life on land (SDG 15).
The hottest innovations in farming right now are all about slow transitions. Carla Vernón, president of General Mills natural and organic operating unit, discussed her company’s commitment to investing in traditional farming methods.
It's been two decades since the book "Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature," was published, in May 1997. And in the 20 years since, the author, Janine Benyus, has been spearheading a revolution in design thinking, getting companies, cities and others to look to nature and natural systems for answers to questions about how to harness nature's wisdom to create products, buildings, cities and other things that are nontoxic, closed-loop, regenerative and, as she puts it, "conducive to life."
From a satellite image, the Alto Valle is a curving line of dark green in an expanse of brown: it stretches from the Patagonian Andes, east to the South Atlantic. This grid of apple orchards and poplar trees is a century old: it has survived the dynamic cycles of Argentine politics, and shows unique resilience in the face of both climate change and globalization.
After interviewing 39 people for the podcast series Investing in Regenerative Agriculture, Koen van Seijen noticed many people are setting up investment funds to rebuild soil and asked the question: Could these funds really transform agriculture?
Corn, coffee, cattle, and other crops can be raised on land that also supports cultivated timber. This symbiotic approach, known as agroforestry, has clear ecological benefits – and it could become a new asset class for timberland investors.
Impact investing is reshaping financial markets. Among the thoughtful leaders shaping this movement is Laura Ortiz Montemayor, the vibrant founder and CEO of SVX, an impact investment consulting firm in Mexico. In the interview below she offers her vision for our financial system, provides examples of innovation for shared prosperity, and challenges us to think differently to address global challenges.
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.