Agriculture plays a huge part in the loss of biodiversity and climate change and therefore concerns us all. But it's not all bad. The industry is changing and so are consumers. There are a lot of great initiatives to discover and many aspects to uncover that we actually have the power to change for the better. In this podcast we are turning sustainability into concrete topics instead of letting it become an empty buzzword. In each episode, you will learn something you didn't even know you wanted to know. The world of food production is a world that everybody that eats has to navigate at some level and we want to make sure you are equipped with some facts!
The thing with everybody's favourite addiction - with Maria Palacio
We talk to Maria Palacio, CEO and co-founder of Progeny Coffee, about one of the world's favourite beverages. She shares her story and lets us in on the secret to quality coffee beans.
Did you know that coffee is rated by a score that goes from 1 to 100?What is the criteria for coffee to be considered specialty coffee?How can you tell if a coffee is overroasted? And what does roast have to do with the quality?Why does the fairtrade label does not necessarily affect the coffee bean growers?What does sustainability in the coffee production world look like?How did Progeny Coffee manage to lift their farmers out of poverty?In this episode you will find out about the different types of coffee, the social aspects of its production, what coffee is tasty enough to drink black, why highland coffee is the best and more!
The digitalization of agriculture - with Leandro Sabignoso
We talk to Leandro Sabignoso, CEO and founder of Auravant, about what benefits the digitalization of the agricultural sector brings. From the use of satellite imagery to robots in the fields, Leandro gives us a glimpse of what modern agriculture could look like.
Can the digitalization of agriculture help fight climate change?What are the tools that can help farmers improve their resource management? How can a better harvest be related to a software?What is precision agriculture and what does it have to do with transitioning to organic?How can we increase production while lowering (negative) impact?Tech enthusiast or not, be prepared to be drawn into a world full of possibilities that might fascinate you more than you think! (It might also - very slightly - freak you out)
Bee happy - with Gilles Fert
We talk to world-renowned beekeeper Gilles Fert, author of "Raising Honeybee Queens" and expert on all things honey. He shares his wisdom on a number of bee-related subjects with us:
Why do most beekeepers end up losing 30% of their bee colonies?Can everyone become a beekeeper?How many bees does it take to produce a gram of honey?How come bees are sometimes fed with sugar water?Why do some honey types crystallize quicker than others?What´s the social structure of a bee colony like?In this episode, we not ony learn about the secret life of bees and how to keep them happy, but Gilles also discusses his personal journey with us - how he became a global beekeeping consultant - as well as giving us some insight on honey itself.
Myths and truths of the agrofood industry - with Guy Singh-Watson
We talk to the legendary Guy Singh-Watson, farmer and founder of Riverford Organic Farmers. With his help, we tackle some of the most controversial topics in our industry:
What does "local" even mean and is shopping locally really always better?Is plastic truly so bad?Are pesticides and herbicides the great evil of agriculture?What alternatives are there on a social level when running an agribusiness?Starting off with Guy's own story and how Riverford came to be, this episode is a multi-faceted one that doesn't claim to give answers to complex issues but definitely gives us some worthy angles to consider.
Good avocado, bad avocado
We talk to Iñaki Hormaza, Research professor for subtropical fruit cultivation, about all things avocado! He helps us shed a light on the factors to be considered when it comes to condemning (or not) the "green gold" and discuss the best alternatives to its more problematic aspects.
What does the avocado business have to do with Mexican cartels? Which are the social implications of avocado cultivation?How much water do avocados really need?Which avocados are most likely to be subjected to post-harvest treatments?What are the solutions?Whether you already know a lot about avocados or not, we promise that you will learn something interesting you haven't considered before!
And not only that, Professor Hormaza also gives us a sneak peek of the (potential) future of European tropical fruit cultivation. Fruit lovers, this one's for you!
In the beginning there were oranges
We grill the co-founders of CrowdFarming, Juliette Simonin and Gonzalo Urculo, on how they became start-up founders and their path to where they are today.
How did everything start?Did mom and dad help?Is CrowdFarming inclusive enough?What kind of metrics make an impact?Does having investors mean selling your soul to the dark side?We dare you to find company directors that bare it all so publicly!
- "We have committed failures every day"
The founders let us pick their brains to our hearts' content, from Gonzalo's trajectory from being a youngster working in logistics to running a farm and becoming a start-up founder, to the power of differences within a team - or "when Mr. Chaos meets Mrs. Protocol".