Category: Role of Animals

Paul McMahon – With over $500M invested, there is a regenerative edge of about 1-3%

A conversation with Paul McMahon, co-founder of SLM, about why it makes so much sense to put money to work in real regenerative agriculture, yields, and more importantly, profits and the regenerative edge, and more.

Few papers in regenerative agriculture have been shared more than the Investment Case for Ecological Agriculture written by Paul McMahon. We have shared it countless times, learned a whole lot from the simple investment terms describing why it makes so much sense to put money to work in real regeneration. Now it has been updated, even better, it has been completely rewritten and with a lot more science and a lot experience from the field.

In the conversation with one of the most experienced regenerative farmland investors, we explore the modules of our recent video course on why we need to change agriculture and food systems urgently, and why now is the time to do it.

What we learned in 2023 about cooling the planet, food as medicine, regenerative renaissance, indigenous knowledge and decommodification

As we are wrapping up 2023 we look back at a year which feels even crazier than 2022. Another war has started and we have been flooded literally with extreme weather events. Every month seems to have been the warmest, driest, wettest etc. in history! Let’s look at what we covered and learned in the podcast!

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin – Why chickens are the perfect entry point to decolonize our food system

A conversation with Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, CEO of Tree Range Farms, farmers and producers which a focus on establishing or maintaining a “jungle like” habitat that honours the true natural environment of chickens. When they do this, they not only create a better habitat for the chickens, they create a better world. We talk about using indigenous knowledge to transform the food system, how chickens could and should be raised with a focus on soil health and how to structure business with an indigenous mindset.

Rodger Savory – Restore the water cycles and reverse desertification in California, regenerating 150.000 acres with 600.000 cows

A conversation with Rodger Savory, ecologist, land manager, and ranch owner, about scale and cows, how to kickstart regeneration in desert situations, changing local weather patterns, abundance, soil bacteria, conventional agriculture, WW2 and much more.

Paul Greive – How the biggest exit in regeneration led to millions of more chickens on pasture

A conversation with Paul Greive, founder of Pasture Bird, about rising millions of birds on pasture per year, selling to one of the largest chicken producers in the world, the positive impact of chickens, and much more.

Will Harris – Why one of the largest pasture raised company in the US doing really well but still barely making any money

A conversation with Will Harris, owner of White Oak Pastures, six generations, 156-year-old family farm in Bluffton, Georgia, about being in the space for 25 years but barely making money, new people wanting to get into the space, the unfairness built into the highly chemical, fossil fuel, extractive agriculture systems and a lot more.

Russ Conser – Birds, beef, soil, science and regeneration

A check-in interview with Russ Conser of Standard Soil about Blue Nest Beef, Standard Soil, where the industry is going, the science of regeneration, seeing the soil and plants breathe, measuring carbon and water flows and why Russ is still very optimistic about the potential of regeneration.

Cate Havstad-Casad – Why are we okay in wearing fossil fuel, oil-based clothes on our bodies?

A conversation with Cate Havstad-Casad, farmer rancher on a regenerative farm in central Oregon, designer and food system activist, about how the fibres of the clothes we wear every day are made of petroleum or are coated in plastics and other petroleum chemicals.

Angus McIntosh – Going from Goldman’s trading desk to regen farming in South Africa

A wide-ranging conversation with Angus McIntosh, a regenerative ag pioneer in South Africa, about markets, carbon, nutrient density, cobalt, chemical-based fertilizer, large distribution, and so much more. He is the founder of the Farmer Angus brand.

Stephan van Vliet – The first randomised clinical trial comparing agro-ecological grown and supermarket food

A conversation with Stephan van Vliet, assistant professor of nutrition studies at the Center for Human Nutrition Studies at Utah State University, about nutrient density food, human health and the world’s first randomized clinical trial of 14 weeks comparing a whole diet of supermarket food vs food grown using agro-ecological and regenerative practices.