For most consumers, grocery stores are our primary interface for sourcing food and therefore play a critical role in influencing […]Read more
Delås Farm on regenerative agriculture and REKO rings
In 2017, Camilla and Raymund were trying to get the best food possible to feed their family. Realizing that food is tightly linked with health, they were looking for high-quality, nutrient-dense foods, but actually struggled to find it in Norwegian grocery stores. So, they decided to start growing their own food. This is the story of how they traded city life and taught themselves how to farm according to regenerative principles.
- 5:00 How Camilly and Raymund started farming
- 12:20 What regenerative agriculture is and how it works
- 23:00 Norway’s farming capacity
- 27:00 How Reko Rings directly connect consumers and farmers
- 52:00 Advice for farming and the cost of getting started
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Yara's EVP of Farming Solutions Terje Knutsen on green fertilizer, carbon sequestration, and precision agriculture
Yara is the world’s leading producer of nitrate-based fertilizer. Most fertilizers are produced using fossil fuels. Fertilizer runoff has also been linked to environmental degradation. At the same time, fertilizer plays a critical role in our food system’s productivity. Over half of the world’s population relies on mineral fertilizer to be fed. Yara’s mission is to responsibly feed the world and protect the planet. In this episode, I sit down with Executive Vice President of Farming Solution Terje Knutsen to explore exactly how they are doing that. We cover green fertilizer, the hydrogen economy, soil carbon sequestration, and precision agriculture.
- 8:30 The role of fertilizer in crop production
- 19:30 Green fertilizer and clean ammonia
- 26:30 Details of Yara’s investment arm, Yara Growth Ventures
- 31:30 The Agoro Carbon Alliance and helping farmers to sequester carbon
- 49:00 AtFarm and other digital solutions for precision agriculture
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Ocean Farming in the Nordics
While the oceans cover more than 70% of our planet, only 2% of food production (including all fisheries and ocean […]Read more
Seaweed Solutions on the multi-billion market for European seaweed
Jon Funderud the CEO of Seaweed Solutions. Since 2009, they have been a pioneer in building up Europe’s seaweed production, collaborating with players across the value chain to set up and establish growing and cultivation. Seaweed is an incredible raw material. Regenerative, sustainable, and versatile seaweed is being used for animal feeds, food ingredients, biofuels, bio-plastics, and pharmaceuticals. It is estimated that the seaweed market will grow to 9.3 billion euro by 2030, 30% of which could be captured by Europe. This episode is a crash course on seaweed’s potential. We dive into what’s unfolding in Norway and beyond and why seaweed is such a big deal.
- 6:30 Seaweed’s many applications
- 15:30 The up and coming European market
- 22:00 Ways of farming seaweed
- 31:30 Seaweed Solutions operations
- 37:00 Why industry collaborations matter
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Tim Wendelboe on biological coffee farming and chasing great taste from seed to cup
Tim Wendelboe runs his own roastery and espresso bar in Oslo, Norway where he imports, roasts and serves high quality coffees. Tim has won multiple international barista competitions and is known for his ability to create great taste. In this episode, we trace Tim’s career starting as a barista, moving into coffee roasting, and then starting his own Farm, Finca el Suelo, in Columbia where he practices biological coffee farming. We also discuss how Tim works closely and transparently with farmers to improve their coffee quality.
- 8:30 Positively influencing great taste in coffee
- 15:30 The Tim Wendelboe coffee shop experience
- 18:00 How Tim works with farmers around the world
- 27:30 Adventures in biological coffee farming in Columbia
- 43:20 Sustainability and transparency
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OceanHarvest Founder Joachim Hjerl on regenerative ocean farming
Regenerative ocean farming has been identified as a key solution to climate change. It’s the practice of growing seaweed along with several kinds of shellfish like oysters and mussels not just to feed people, but also to heal the oceans. HavHøst or OceanHarvest is an NGO helping communities throughout the Nordics get set up with toolkits to grow, harvest, and eat from the sea without harming nature or existing underwater ecosystems. In this episode, Joachim Hjerl shares how a crazy idea of growing 20 oysters in Copenhagen’s central harbor became a movement of blue community gardens.
- 7:30 An intro to regenerative ocean farming
- 14:30 Growing a network of community-supported farms
- 23:00 Working with policymakers to enable solutions
- 36:00 Creating a market to support supply
- 43:00 Cultural acceptance around new foods
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Carlsberg's Tenna Skov Thorsted on sustainability and the Together Towards Zero program
Carlsberg’s Together Towards Zero campaign consists of four major ambitions – ZERO carbon footprint, ZERO water waste, ZERO irresponsible drinking, and a ZERO accidents culture. My guest today is Tenna Skov Thorsted who leads Carlsberg Denmark’s sustainability efforts. Her job is to ensure that these targets are met and that they create value. Join us as Tenna shares how sustainability at Carlsberg works in practice and how they collaborate to get there.
- 4:00 The organizational structure of sustainability
- 6:30 The Together Towards Zero campaign
- 12:00 Where ideas come from
- 16:00 Examples around water and packaging
- 35:00 Carlsberg Research Laboratory
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Nordic FoodTech Podcast Host Analisa Winther on how and why the show got started
The Nordic FoodTech Podcast spotlights individuals and organizations who are creating the future through food. In this episode, the Host and Creator of the podcast Analisa Winther is interviewed by radio and podcast personality Andreas Graulund. Listen in as Analisa explains how and why the show started, her background, common themes, how guests are chosen, and so much more.
- 8:10 How the podcast got started
- 12:00 The purpose of the show
- 16:00 How guests are chosen
- 22:30 Fostering collaboration and breaking down silos
- 30:00 Why every asked is asked the same 4 questions
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C40 Cities Zachary Tofias on how a network of the world’s megacities is addressing climate change
The C40 network consists of 97 cities representing 700+ million citizens and one quarter of the global economy. The mayors of these cities are committed to delivering on the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement at the local level and C40 supports them in collaborating effectively, sharing knowledge and driving meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change.
In today’s episode, I speak with Zachary Tofias who serves as the Director of the Food and Waste Program at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. We discuss the ins and outs of how C40 works, the power of cities to create change, why networks matter, how to spread good ideas, and examples of how cities are taking bold climate action.
- 2:30 What C40 is and how it works
- 7:40 Why cities can have big food system impact
- 11:15 How good ideas spread across cities
- 30:00 The big opportunity around food systems
- 36:00 How to establish a network
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