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Food's Future

Scaling Regenerative Agriculture

December 6, 2022
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PT
Digital event

Scaling Regenerative Agriculture

December 6, 2022

Regenerative agriculture, a set of techniques that avoids chemicals and promotes soil health, is emerging as one of the solutions BC can lead the country in developing and scaling.

We use 40 percent of the Earth's land surface for farming. That means our farming practices determine the health of almost half the earth’s landbase. 

 

As the world navigates threats to global food security, and works to drive down carbon emissions at the same time, it’s never been more important to examine these farming practices and ensure they’re the most effective ones available to us. British Columbia is in an excellent position to lead Canada - and the world -  in identifying and scaling those practices.

 

Regenerative agriculture, a set of techniques that promotes soil health and biodiversity, is emerging as one of the solutions BC can lead the country in developing and scaling.

 

That’s why CityAge and the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food are coming together to further outline the potential of regenerative farming on December 6. 

 

We will explore the concept of regenerative agriculture, the practices that might be considered regenerative, and its scalability.

Speakers

Sean Smukler
Sean Smukler
Associate Professor,
University of British Columbia
Spencer Karabelas-Pittman
Spencer Karabelas-Pittman
Agricultural Sustainability Manager,
McCain Foods
Cristine Morgan
Cristine Morgan
Chief Scientific Officer,
Soil Health Institute
Anastasia Volkova
Anastasia Volkova
Co-Founder & CEO
Regrow
Stan Loewen
Stan Loewen
Director, V,ice Chair
Terralink Horticulture Inc.
Peter Newton
Peter Newton
Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder
Marc Fawcett-Atkinson
Marc Fawcett-Atkinson
Food and Environment Reporter,
Canada’s National Observer
Karn Manhas
Karn Manhas
Founder & CEO,
Terramera
Zahra Alani
Zahra Alani
Broadcast Meteorologist & Communications Strategist, CityAge Anchor
CityAge

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Brought to you in Collaboration with

BC Ministry of Ag

Canadian Agriculture Partnership
RegenBC

EVENT AGENDA

11:30 am

Anchor Welcome and Introduction

11:35 am

Opening Presentation by: Cristine Morgan, Chief Scientific Officer, Soil Health Institute  

11:50 am

Presentation by: Stan Loewen, Director, Vice Chair, Terralink Horticulture Inc.

12:00 pm

Panel 1: What is Regenerative Agriculture?

Regenerative agriculture includes a variety of practices that promote soil health and biodiversity. This session will explore the concept of regenerative farming and the opportunity to adopt it widely in BC. Should we decide on a definition of regenerative agriculture? How do we communicate its potential?

  • Sean Smukler, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
  • Annelise Grube-Cavers, Farmer, Fresh Valley Farms
  • Karn Manhas, Founder & CEO, Terramera
  • Peter Newton, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder
12:30 pm

Panel 2: Scaling Regenerative Agriculture with Agtech

What does it mean to scale regenerative agriculture? Can farmers practice regenerative farming and stay profitable? This session will explore how agtech can help scale regenerative practices and how we can tap into Canada’s agtech ecosystem to move forward.

  • Spencer Karabelas-Pittman, Agricultural Sustainability Manager, McCain Foods
  • Anastasia Volkova, Co-Founder & CEO, Regrow
  • Panel Host: Marc Fawcett-Atkinson, Food and Environment Reporter, Canada’s  National Observer
ALL TIMES PT, SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Themes will include:

  • Exploring the concept of regenerative farming & what growers think about it
  • Identifying which practices might fall under the category of regenerative
  • Scaling regenerative agriculture practices across the industry
  • Maintaining profitability on the farm while adopting these practices
  • How agtech supports and enhances regenerative agriculture

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