There is no question that climate change is affecting how we live on a global scale.
The food and agriculture systems are no exception. They are connected to every area of impact investing. As food systems become less resilient, they will create bigger problems for our global markets.
In this episode, Kimberly Griego-Kiel explains what is wrong with our food and agricultural systems, why they are dying, and why it is in the best interest for investors to take part in making a change.
The serious threat of extinction to cacao, corn, wheat, rice, and coffee
The social, environmental, and financial cost of a deteriorating food system
How seed saving, slow food, and organic production processes can help make a change in our food systems
The importance of highlighting the food system’s market and impact to investors to generate change
In October 2021, Kimberly Griego-Kiel took part in the ESG For Impact! conference in Colorado Springs.
During this two-day conference, Kim attended sessions focused on SRI investments, strategies, and concepts while connecting with like-minded professionals and industry leaders.
One of those leaders was Rex Raimond, the director of The Transformational Investing in Food Systems (TIFS) Initiative.
In the first part of the ESG for Impact! miniseries, Rex joins Kim to explain everything around investing in global food systems. They explore how food growth can impact our health and the environment and outline ways we can get into a new sustainable economy.
Kim and Rex discuss:
How food systems fit within the ESG arena
The destructiveness of the agricultural system
The financial component of growing food system operations
Rex Raimond has more than 20 years of experience developing strategies and building effective partnerships for sustainable and equitable food systems. He applies his partnership-building skills to help build a movement among concessional, impact, and commercial investors, companies, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to increase investment in principles-aligned food system businesses that are economically viable and deliver sustainable impact. Rex has worked on many aspects of food and agricultural systems transformation, including sustainable finance, crop insurance, and agricultural policy, market incentives for soil health practices, sustainable supply chains, food safety, science and emerging technologies, sustainable landscape planning, and climate change.
Farmers are a lot like scientists. In fact, for farmers to be able to cultivate healthy food for people like us, they need to know a lot about the way they’re producing and growing that food.
How are farmers and ranchers working to bring us healthier meals while also enhancing sustainability efforts in agriculture?
Find out in this episode, as Erin Fitzgerald, the CEO of U.S. Farmers and Ranchers In Action (USFRA), sits down with Kimberly Griego-Kiel to continue the conversation on sustainable agriculture. Erin explains everything you need to know about USFRA and the firm’s role in creating solutions for economic and agricultural sustainability.
In this episode, you will learn:
USFRA’s vision and mission
How farmers and ranchers can reduce carbon emissions
From cow Fitbits to cover crops: Technological innovations for farms and ranches
Ways agriculture can contribute to America’s overall economic growth
Tune in today and learn how you, too, can support the sustainable agriculture movement!
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) David Bennell focuses on creating high-quality products, services, and programs that deliver real value and set the standard for safety, sustainability, and profitability.
In this episode, join Kimberly Griego-Kiel as she sits down with David to discuss his contribution to the Transformative Investment in Climate-Smart Soil Agriculture report and to highlight what you really need to know about agricultural investment.
In this episode, you will learn:
How much private capital is in the United States’ agricultural system
Why technological and financial innovation benefit the agriculture sector
The role of greenhouse gas emissions in agricultural production
Why resilience is so important in an agricultural environment
Listen in and find out why, at the end of the day, you are always investing in agriculture!