Farm & Food 4.0
International Congress Berlin
Farm & Food 4.0

13. January 2020

Sustainable investments and regenerative agriculture

Interview with Louisa Burwood-Taylor

Agriculture is being held accountable for the climate crisis like almost no other industry. At the same time, farmers should produce healthy food sustainably. AgFunderNews’ editor-in-chief Burwood-Taylor is convinced that investors are increasingly interested in sustainable investments. Regenerative agriculture, for example. Is this the right way to meet current and future demands on agriculture?

By Sarah Liebigt

YouTube

Mit dem Laden des Videos akzeptieren Sie die Datenschutzerklärung von YouTube.
Mehr erfahren

Video laden

Farm & Food: What do you think: why is Regen Ag such an interesting field today?

Burwood-Taylor: More than ever before, the food and agriculture industries are being blamed for many of the world’s biggest issues from carbon emissions to water shortages, obesity and malnutrition. While some criticisms are far fetched, it’s certainly true that agriculture as a whole is an extractive industry, whether that’s depleting the soil of its nutrients or using natural resources for inputs such as fertilizers and pesticides, or emitting vast quantities or unwanted greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

But it doesn’t have to be that way; there’s growing research on the potential for agriculture to not only extract less but actually benefit the environment by replenishing the soil’s nutrient base, reversing desertification, sequestering CO2 from the atmosphere and returning land to its natural biodiversity. There’s also indications that nutritionally enhanced food can be a result, too. The last decade was an awakening to many about the need to change the paradigm in food and agriculture — and other industries — to become more sustainable and equitable globally, and you only need to look at the increasing presence of sustainablity policies at the large, publicly-listed companies to realize that shareholders and consumers are demanding action. This next decade will be about taking action and hopefully regeneative agriculture will fit squarely into that action piece, although we do need more concrete research and results to scale its appeal; currently the research is a bit piecemeal and results can vary widely depending on geography, soil type, climate and more.

Why are investors interested in supporting this development in agriculture?

Investors are increasingly looking to make more sustainable investments that have a triple bottom line return: social, environmental (or ecological) and financial. They might have a particular thesis to invest in environmentally beneficial businesses or those with clearer social returns but ultimately they realize that looking for just financial return will likely limit their upside and the sustainability of their investments overall. Having said that, investments in regenerative agriculture have so far been limited; there are a few farmland funds that have raised decent sized funds to invest in converting farmland to regenerative principles, and there are a coupple of tech companies that support this transition, but otherwise it’s still a relatively nascent investment space.

Who you want to meet at the next Farm & Food in Berlin this January?

Everyone! I’m particularly keen to learn about new business models that will accelerate the adoption of farm tech tools, startups that are focused on producing nutritionally-enhanced food (e.g. in the alternative protein space – we dont just want alternatives, we need better), and investors that are new to the space – we need more and more capital to support the innovation taking place if it’s going to have a demonstrable impact on the food and agriculture industries globally within the next decade, so I’m always keen to connect with them and help them get up to speed with the industry as best I can!

Related articles

Our Partners 2020

Farm & Food 4.0 2020

Home
Talks (list)
Talks (grid)
Speakers (list)
Speakers (grid)
Sponsors
Exhibitors

Partners

Premium

Superior

Partner

Media Partner

Patrons

supreme peak male enhancement high rise male enhancement do cbd gummies actually work for erectile dysfunction generic pills for ed male sexual enhancement pills best how to use aloe vera gel for male enhancement can green tea help erectile dysfunction generic viagra 10 pills prescription male enhancement medication oto pills vs viagra does viagra help with semen output levlen ed are you protected on the sugar pills best chinese diet pills in south africa low carb apple cider vinegar gummies perfect keto max pills reviews do oranges help lose weight wegovy elevated liver enzymes price of wegovy in australia college student diet pills skinny jeans diet pill lean fat burn pills from smoothie king belly fat burning pills india internal flush diet pills water pills diet and exercise v3 diet pill ingredients qsymia diet pill ingredients nbc cbd products with lead how much thc is usually in gummies sleeping bags melbourne cbd cannabis gummies for anxiety can you patent cbd products cbd and thc for anxiety top ranked cbd gummies does cbd gummies help sleep cbd with thc gummies for pain 500 mg cbd gummies leafly 10 best cbd beauty products thc and cbd gummies for anxiety royal blend cbd 750mg gummies do thc gummies go bad