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Scaling Regenerative Agriculture for Planet Sustaining Food Systems


Jon Banner, EVP & Global Chief Impact Officer, McDonald’s Corporation
T.H. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Under Secretary for Research, Economics, and Education, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Michael Doane, Global Managing Director, Food & Freshwater Systems, The Nature Conservancy


with Patron Programming Sponsor

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“Climate change isn’t just a future threat; it’s already had a big dampening effect on productivity.” 

– Michael Doane

“Farmers are the best stewards of the land.” 

– T.H. Chavonda Jacobs-Young

“We know the benefits of climate-smart agriculture and renewable electricity in trying to decarbonize the world.” 

– Jon Banner

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • Climate-smart agriculture practices, including regenerative agriculture, are significant in mitigating climate change effects. There is the potential for agriculture to become a net-negative emitter of greenhouse gasses, but there is the pressing need to incentivize and scale up such practices. 
  • The prioritization of the economic wellbeing of farmers and the need to incentivize their adoption of sustainable practices is important in combating climate change. Farmers are central to the success of agricultural sustainability initiatives, and the importance of understanding their needs and behaviors is paramount. 
  • With a growing global population, the need to produce more food sustainably and reduce the environmental impact of agriculture is essential. The conversation highlights how innovations in agricultural practices can play a crucial role in achieving these dual objectives.