16 episodes

Every week we speak with industry leading executives, farmers, and academics to get a 360 view of how the agriculture sector is innovating to stay ahead of a changing climate. We belong to a small team of climate and ag entrepreneurs trying to make farming more resilient, profitable, and equitable as we transition to a new age of agriculture. This podcast is our journey as we explore the hurdles and opportunities that lie ahead for the industry that feeds the world. To learn more, visit us at www.Climate.Ai

Agriculture Adapts by ClimateAi ClimateAi

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Every week we speak with industry leading executives, farmers, and academics to get a 360 view of how the agriculture sector is innovating to stay ahead of a changing climate. We belong to a small team of climate and ag entrepreneurs trying to make farming more resilient, profitable, and equitable as we transition to a new age of agriculture. This podcast is our journey as we explore the hurdles and opportunities that lie ahead for the industry that feeds the world. To learn more, visit us at www.Climate.Ai

    Will Rosenzweig - Mission Driven Innovation, Food System Revolution, and Gardening (Part 2 of 2)

    Will Rosenzweig - Mission Driven Innovation, Food System Revolution, and Gardening (Part 2 of 2)

    Will is a food entrepreneurship and sustainability guru. He is the Faculty Director of the Sustainable Food Initiative at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, a recently retired managing partner at Physic Ventures, the founding CEO of Republic of Tea, recipient of the Oslo peace award, and has been involved in leading and growing more than 30 entrepreneurial ventures over the past 30 years. This is part 2 of a 2 part series with Will.
    This week in Agriculture Adapts
    - Driving change in the food economy
    - What does disruption look like for a food startup: brief case study of General Mills acquisition of Annie's Homegrown
    - Business model innovations for extracting more value out of your crop
    - The institutionalization of venture capitalism

    • 36 min
    William Rosenzweig - Mission Driven Innovation, Food System Revolution, and Gardening (Part 1 of 2)

    William Rosenzweig - Mission Driven Innovation, Food System Revolution, and Gardening (Part 1 of 2)

    Will is a food entrepreneurship and sustainability guru. He is the Faculty Director of the Sustainable Food Initiative at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, a recently retired managing partner at Physic Ventures, the founding CEO of Republic of Tea, recipient of the Oslo peace award, and has been involved in leading and growing more than 30 entrepreneurial ventures over the past 30 years. This is part 1 of a 2 part series with Will.
    "Food has been optimized around convenience, cost, and efficiency but it is not serving our health or climate"
    This week in Agriculture Adapts:
    - Building a revolutionary food company in the 90's: health, environmental sustainability, and fair trade
    - dissecting the szizophrenia of capitalism
    - Triple bottom line: a structure for more sustainable business
    - Why gardening may be the solution to many of our systemic societal problems
    References mentioned:
    Republic of tea
    Triple bottom line
     

    • 45 min
    Jason Samenow - Decoding the Science: Weather, Climate, and Natural Disasters

    Jason Samenow - Decoding the Science: Weather, Climate, and Natural Disasters

    Jason Samenow is the Washington Post's weather editor, founder of capital weather gang, and a wealth of knowledge for all things weather and climate. We chat with Jason about the inner-workings of weather forecasts, the latest in climate science, and how to accurately communicate on climate change-- what we can and can't say with certainty about the changing world around us.
    This week in Agriculture Adapts:
    - Scientists have officially discovered the footprint of climate change on our everyday weather
    - Most weather-related natural disasters get blamed on climate change. To what extent is that a fair connection to make?
    - What makes weather forecasting so hard and how to best communicate forecast uncertainty
    - Deconstructing the 2019 floods in the Midwest U.S.: a perfect storm
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    References mentioned in the show
    - Capital Weather Gang twitter
    - Capital Weather Gang general website
    - Capital Weather Gang Facebook
    - Jason Samenow's personal Twitter
    - Daily weather now bears the fingerprint of climate change

    • 34 min
    Julia Jackson - Creating a New Kind of Climate Solutions Movement

    Julia Jackson - Creating a New Kind of Climate Solutions Movement

    Julia Jackson is from a family of vintners, well known for their Jackson Family Wines. In 2017, Julia turned her full attention towards climate change and founded Grounded, a nonprofit committed to accelerating scalable solutions to climate change.
    Grounded hosts its annual summit each year, catalyzing climate conversations lead by cutting edge innovators, world leaders, climate-progressive corporations and more. The event will be on March 19th & 20th this year-- you can access the details here.
    This week in Agriculture Adapts:
    - How Grounded is desiloeing climate solutions and helping drive financing towards high impact projects
    - The role of agriculture in helping to draw down carbon: 7.6% emission reductions needed per year to meet the 1.5°C Paris target
    - What it was like to speak at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) weeks after climate change showed up at her doorstep
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    References mentioned in the episode:
    - Grounded Summit
    - Project Drawdown
    - Uninhabitable Earth

    • 45 min
    Tim Hammerich - The Future of Agriculture: Ag-tech, Farmer Profitability, and Sustainability

    Tim Hammerich - The Future of Agriculture: Ag-tech, Farmer Profitability, and Sustainability

    Tim Hammerich is a former ag commodity trader turned entrepreneur. He is now the host of one of Agriculture's most popular podcasts, The Future of Agriculture, as well as the founder of AgGrad, an agriculture centric recruiting company. We chat with Tim about the trends, innovations, and challenges facing the agriculture sector. 
    "You can't have sustainability without profitability"
    This week in Agriculture Adapts:
    - The process for change in a field with razer thin margins
    - Tim's take on agriculture and climate change
    - How to attract top talent to solve some of the biggest problems of our time (food safety, security, nutrition, etc.)?
    - Should farmers get paid for their "ecological services"?
    - Build solutions with farmers, not for them

    • 32 min
    Dr. Lewis Ziska - Rising CO2 Levels Makes our Food Less Nutritious: A Growing Public Health Emergency

    Dr. Lewis Ziska - Rising CO2 Levels Makes our Food Less Nutritious: A Growing Public Health Emergency

    Lewis Ziska, PhD is a plant physiologist and an associate professor at Columbia University. Dr. Ziska studies the nexus of climate change, carbon dioxide, plant biology and public health and has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles.
    He was formerly with the USDA until summer 2019 when he resigned after having critical work with implications for millions around the world, blocked by the Trump administration in an unprecedented effort to silence academia and the search for truth. 
    This week in Agriculture Adapts by ClimateAi:
    - If CO2 is plant food, shouldn't more of it be good for plants? Not by a long shot
    - Higher atmospheric CO2 is causing a food/public health emergency in developing countries
    - What is the role of food businesses in protecting consumer health & taking the mantle on sustainability?
     

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

Tim @ AgGrad ,

Important topic!

Thanks for bringing so many perspectives together to discuss this important topic.

Mia_goni ,

Novel and interesting

Honestly, I never thought I’d have any interest in learning about Agriculture. The hosts interview a range of individuals that truly are experts and make this information relevant to someone like me. I feel like I can learn something new with each podcast, which is hard to find in the overflowing world of podcasts. Keep it up agriculture adapts!

_DAS_ ,

A great podcast for the Ag & Climate nexus!

I’m glad to find this podcast that’s focused and serious about climate change and the significant effect it has on present and future agricultural systems. It has interesting questions, informative conversation, and knowledgeable guests

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