Soil Wealth: growing opportunities to allocate capital to regenerative food systems
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In this short podcast, recorded at the Regenerative Food Systems Investment(RFSI) forum that took place in Oakland on Sep 30 - Oct 1, I interviewed David LeZaks, Delta Institute, and Joshua Humphreys, Croatan Institute.


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With David and Joshua we speak about the new report "Soil Wealth: Investing in Regenerative Agriculture across Asset Classes"

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