2016 Forum on Sustainable Agriculture

Building Local, Sustainable Agricultural Economies

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Event Summary:

On April 21, 2016 the Earth Institute, the School of International and Public Affairs, and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at the Columbia Business School presented the second annual Forum on Sustainable Agriculture. The event was hosted by Jeffrey Potent, Adjunct Professor, the Earth Institute and the School of International and Public Affairs. Guest speakers, Kathleen Frith, President & Executive Director, Glynwood Farm, John Fullerton, Founder & President, Capital Institute, and Derek Denckla, Founder & Director, Slow Money NYC, offered introductory presentations, participated in a panel discussion and fielded audience questions.

This series of forums is presented to profile the challenges and innovative solutions being adopted by the agriculture sector to feed a growing, increasingly affluent population while yielding environmental, social and climate change adaptation and mitigation benefits. The 2016 event addressed the topic from the perspective of small-scale producers, entrepreneurs and NGOs working to build regional agricultural economies that are regenerative by design — not only providing wholesome, locally sourced food and other agricultural products, but also strengthening rural communities, creating livelihoods for farmers, workers and other market participants, and restoring the soil, water and atmosphere that sustains all life on earth.

Our three speakers, leaders in this field, provided informative and impassioned presentations on the transition to more sustainable forms of agriculture that are now beginning to be practiced and will have broad ramifications for our region and the world. The presentations were followed by a spirited discussion among the panelists and pointed and insightful questions posed by the audience (see below for the archived video and presentation materials).

Speaker Bios:

Kathleen Frith — President and Executive Director of Glynwood Farm, an agricultural nonprofit based in New York’s Hudson Valley that advances food system transformation and works to ensure that farming thrives in this region. She was previously Managing Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard University’s Medical School, addressing the correlation between human health and the global environment, with a focus on sustainable food and marine systems.

John Fullerton — Founder and President of Capital Institute, a collaborative working to explore and effect the economic transition to a more just, regenerative, and sustainable way of living through the transformation of finance. He is also an impact investment practitioner, serving as the Principal of Level 3 Capital Advisors, LLC and the Co-Founder and Director of Grasslands, LLC, a holistic ranch management company in partnership with the Savory Institute.

Derek Denckla — Impact investor, strategic advisor and serial social entrepreneur who founded and directs the non-profit Slow Money NYC a community of 1,300 linked through networking events to increase investment in and success of local, sustainable food and farm businesses.

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