Raising Regenerative News – August 6, 2020

More big investment news from Indigo Ag and Cooks Venture leads off our latest issue of Raising Regenerative News. Colorado farmers and major investors pitch climate change solutions on Capitol Hill, interesting insights on regenerative, the future of organic coffee, carbon labels on food packaging, two new podcasts, and more

Leading Off: Big Investments in Regenerative Ag

Indigo Ag Expands Rewards to Farmers Fighting Global Warming
The Boston-based company’s newest business line is its most experimental yet: A carbon sequestration program that rewards and trains farmers to use “regenerative” farming practices.
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Golden West Food Group, Cooks Venture Raise $10 Million
The Series A investment will aid in the development and commercialization of Cooks Venture on a national scale and the funding of the vertically integrated food company’s regenerative crop management program.
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Read Joins NewAg Partners’ Board of Directors, Will Chair Investment Committee via Raising Regenerative

Farmers Business Network℠ Raises $250M in Series F Funding to Expand Direct-to-Farm Services via Business Wire

Regenerative on Capitol Hill:

Farming Practices Cited as Tools in Congressional Climate Report
The ideas of Colorado regenerative farmers and scientists are featured in a report to Congress released in late June by the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.  Read more

Investors To Fed: Act On Climate Change Or Face Economic Disaster
A bipartisan group, including 40 investors with nearly $1 trillion in assets, sent a letter to the Federal Reserve chairman calling for the Fed to take action on climate change, noting that the climate crisis “poses a systemic threat to financial markets and the real economy.”  Read more

Interesting Insights:

Creating a Race-To-The-Top For A More Resilient Economy
The recent Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services generates the question: How do we create transformative change in our economies to protect nature? Read more

Why Support Ecologically Destructive Food Production?
Regenerative agriculture is a no-brainer. Why is it taking so long to become mainstream? The next agricultural revolution is about growing affordable, nutrient-dense food on regenerating soils, at scale.  Read more

Adapting the Food System:

The Future of Organic Coffee: Building Support for Regenerative
A Hawaiian coffee farmer shares his story of nurturing his farm back to life, the true meaning of sustainability, and how he advocates for organic farming beyond his acreage.
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Carbon Labels Are Coming To The Food And Beverage Industry
There’s rising demand for another type of food label as people become increasingly concerned about climate change, and more conscious of how they’re contributing to it.
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What We’re Listening To:

Systems Thinking and the Design of Investment Products
Robyn O’Brien of rePlant Capital discusses why farmers should be involved in every conversation and should be on the board of any food, agriculture, agtech, honestly, any company.  Listen here

Investing in a More Distributed Food System with Future of Ag
Investor Stephen Hohenrieder looks at what a more regionalized, or even localized food system looks like at scale and how producers can capture more of the value of that type of food system.  Listen here

What We’re Reading:
Questioning the Role of Biosynthetics in Regenerative Fashion via Resilience.org

From Farm to Forest: An Environmental and Economic Success Story in the Mississippi River Valley via Walton Family Foundation

Māori Company Kono Embraces Regenerative Agriculture as Part of 500 Year Vision via Stuff

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