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Investing in Regenerative Agriculture and Food

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Investing in Regenerative Agriculture and Food

We talk to the pioneers in the regenerative food and agriculture space to learn more on how to put our money to work to regenerate soil, people, local communities and ecosystems while making an appropriate and fair return.

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Recent Episodes of Investing in Regenerative Agriculture and Food


307 Kat Bruce - Going from putting insects in a food processor to raising $27M in 10 years and building the biggest eDNA biodiversity monitoring company

307 Kat Bruce - Going from putting insects in a food processor to raising $27M in 10 years and building the biggest eDNA biodiversity monitoring company

A conversation with Kat Bruce, founder of Nature Metrics , going from scooping insects with a small net and putting them in a food processor, to analysing the goo with an EDNA machine, to working with lots of large food corporations on measuring their biodiversity, food footprint, and impact.

How do you look back at raising 27 million dollars and spending 10 years building the biggest biodiversity measurement company using eDNA in a time where very few people care at all about biodiversity, let alone invest in measuring it. How do we analyse water at a catchment area to see...

Episode 307 14 June 2024 1h, 18m and 2s


306 Fernando Russo - From selling Playboy's to growing coffee, cacao, credit and lots of cows

306 Fernando Russo - From selling Playboy's to growing coffee, cacao, credit and lots of cows

A deep dive conversation with Fernando Russo about the reasons why he is going deep into coffee and cacao without being a coffee drinker and how he turned from being a Playboy’s salesman and a travel entrepreneur to an impact investor in the regenerative agriculture and food. We also talk about fashion and heights, the Amazon, deforestation, reforestation, the role of cattle—the good, the bad, and the ugly—and, of course, the potential and why he is in the water camp, not the carbon camp.

What is driving one of the most active impacts investors in the...

Episode 306 11 June 2024 1h, 34m and 34s


305 Scott Poynton – Crises drive change: stories from within the transformation of Nestlé's palm oil value chain

305 Scott Poynton – Crises drive change: stories from within the transformation of Nestlé's palm oil value chain

A conversation with Scott Poynton, founder of the Forest Trust, now known as the Earthworm Foundation, about supply chains, environmental regeneration and addressing environmental scandals from the forests of rural Australia to his groundbreaking work with major corporations like Nestlé on no-deforestation commitments. Scott’s experiences in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, Tasmania, and reforestation projects reveal the intricate balance between economic growth and environmental conservation. 

Do you remember a few years ago Greenpeace released a video with a kitkat chocolate with an orangutan' finger in it, which very clearly made the statement that much of the pa...

Episode 305 4 June 2024 1h, 36m and 17s


304 Henry Dimbleby - Biodiversity on balance sheet, role and risks of gene editing and AI and the case for less meat

304 Henry Dimbleby - Biodiversity on balance sheet, role and risks of gene editing and AI and the case for less meat

This is the second part of a wider conversation with Henry Dimbleby, founder of Bramble Partners and LEON Restaurants (please find the first below as episode 303). We continue our deep dive into the three compartment model and we discuss what should we grow where and why, the invisibility of nature and why biodiversity is not on the balance sheet. We go from why regen isn’t anti science to making a strong case for reducing our animal protein (mostly meat and dairy) and how to do that. We explore the potential role of precision fermentation and the one of te...

Episode 304 31 May 2024 42m and 47s


303 Henry Dimbleby - From designing the National Food Strategy for England to starting a £50M fund focussed on food transition

303 Henry Dimbleby - From designing the National Food Strategy for England to starting a £50M fund focussed on food transition

A wide range conversation of almost two hours- second episode will follow soon- with Henry Dimbleby, founder of Bramble Partners, a venture capital firm, that invests in businesses seeking to improve food security. Before Bramble Partners, Henry co-founded Leon Restaurants and the Sustainable Restaurant Association and also served deep in the heart of the UK government as he was appointed lead non-executive board member of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

In this exchange we discuss everything from Donella Meadows in complex systems to what that means for all of us trying to influence these...

Episode 303 28 May 2024 35m and 7s


302 Jonas Steinfeld – The many shades of green of agroforestry systems

302 Jonas Steinfeld – The many shades of green of agroforestry systems

A conversation with Jonas Steinfeld, a researcher and consultant based in Brazil specialising in agroforestry systems, about the many different levels of complexity in agroforestry. Does complexity lead to more or less work? Does complexity lead to more or less carbon storage, and why? And are complex agroforestry systems more profitable? The scientific world has been quite clear up until now that adding more complexity to agriculture, especially with perennials like trees, almost always makes massive environmental differences. So what is holding us back? Why aren’t we planting trees everywhere?

Learn from one of the leading sc...

Episode 302 24 May 2024 1h, 10m and 35s


301 Yasmine Cathell on nutrient quality bio stimulants, microalgae and other random but world changing regen trivia

301 Yasmine Cathell on nutrient quality bio stimulants, microalgae and other random but world changing regen trivia

A check-in conversation with Yasmine Cathell in which we discuss everything from why we should focus on solutions that work for all farmers, not just regen organic, to the reduction of bio stimulants on farm or off farm, microalgae, nutrient density, and quality. Why does it all start in the soil? And we finish up with a masterclass on smelling soil and other random but world-changing regen trivia.

This is part of a series of interviews unpacking our recent video course. Yasmine was on the show the first time in spring 2023 while we covered the...

Episode 301 21 May 2024 1h, 7m and 57s


300 Koen van Seijen's journey into regenerative food and agriculture and introducing the Generation-Re investment syndicate

300 Koen van Seijen's journey into regenerative food and agriculture and introducing the Generation-Re investment syndicate

Koen van Seijen settles into the guest chair for a special 300th episode celebration and is interviewed by Naeem Lakhani and Antony Yousefian. It's fascinating how a simple curiosity about food led down the rabbit hole into the rich ecosystem of soil, carbon and regenerative agriculture. Starting from a coffee with Tony Lovell of SLM Partners, we recall moments and conversations that pivoted our path from a general interest in food to a passionate advocate for regenerative agricultural practices and the untapped investment opportunities beneath our feet. With Koen as guest of episode, we look back at the raw...

Episode 300 14 May 2024 1h, 35m and 25s


299 Cameron Frayling - Forget biodiversity credits (for now). Regen ag farm land funds and regulation are driving the biodiversity sector

299 Cameron Frayling - Forget biodiversity credits (for now). Regen ag farm land funds and regulation are driving the biodiversity sector

A check in conversation with Cameron Frayling, CEO of Pivotal Earth, about biodiversity, one of the most important sets of things we should track and measure, and yet it is super difficult and mostly hasn’t been done until now at scale at all. The data is simply not there, so what do we do? With Cameron we check in with one of the leading companies trying to bring technology to this space and make biodiversity measured at scale and cost-effective.

We learn a lot about the current tracking devices and new hardware Cameron would love to se...

Episode 299 7 May 2024 1h, 8m and


298 Dan Kittredge – Local, regenerative and organic have no connection to nutrient density, soil health does

298 Dan Kittredge – Local, regenerative and organic have no connection to nutrient density, soil health does

A long-overdue check-in interview with Dan Kittredge, founder of the Bionutrient Food Association. We discuss their involvement in the revolutionary beef study, all the research they have been doing and where they have been showing absolutely no connection between the labels, local, organic, regenerative, farmer's market, etc., and nutrient density.

What has been shown is a correlation between soil health and nutrient density. All the claims about regenerative agriculture that leads to more nutrient-dense food, they are only true if it leads to healthier soil, and in some or many cases, it actually doesn’t. It all st...

Episode 298 30 April 2024 1h, 11m and 10s

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