In the first episode of The Tomorrow Farm, we look at some of humanity’s most historically innovative industries, and where they could be going. Like transportation—from the horse and buggy to cars that run on water. And agriculture—from near starvation to shorter crops that feed billions of people.
Across the globe, industries are constantly evolving. Chasing better answers to even our best solutions. But many might not expect that agriculture is often ahead of the curve.
What do a professor, a farmer, and a Ph.D. in nanotechnology all have in common? One sworn enemy. Climate change.
It seems like you can’t hit play on a podcast these days without hearing about it. We’re all familiar with the causes. Heat-trapping gasses like methane and carbon dioxide. But while we may consider the impact of the fuel that moves us, we might not think as much about the carbon footprint of the food we eat or the fiber that clothes us.
Agriculture is actually one of the largest carbon emitters. But it’s also the only industry that can offset much of its impact by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere on a massive scale.
Along with agriculture experts, we talk to academics and inventors working on the climate problem. In this episode, we get a glimpse into a few possible futures. Could we one day live in a world where driving is obsolete, water is fuel, and carbon is farmed?
||Trey Hill - Maybe it’s his farm’s proximity to the ocean, or maybe it’s his children, or maybe it’s both. But, Trey Hill is passionate about doing all he can to mitigate climate change. So, he decided to start farming carbon. At Harborview Farms on the coast of Maryland, Trey and his family approach farming with innovation and imagination at the forefront.|
||Christine Brunel-Ligneau - An agronomist by education, Christine has been focused on sustainability for decades. But now it’s official—recently she became Head of Sustainable Agriculture at Bayer. She’s inspired by the big challenges ahead, and by agriculture’s ability to be part of the solution.|
||Andy Knepp - Few people know more about agriculture than Andy Knepp. Which is a good thing for all of us, because he is Head of Environmental Strategy and Industry Activation at Bayer. In this episode, Andy fills us in on the Green Revolution, and the inspiring potential of innovation in agriculture.|
||Daniel Sperling, Ph.D. - While directing the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, Dr. Sperling has the opportunity to imagine a future of driverless societies, and more efficient ways to move. He’s also written a handful of books on the subject, including Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future.|
||Gianluca Ambrosetti, Ph.D. - Dr. Ambrosetti is looking for better fuels. And he’s bold in his pursuit. Is it possible that one day our cars could run on water? Dr. Ambrosetti thinks so. And he started a company with the goal to one day make it a reality.|
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