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Robotic arms picking crops
Cost pressures have given artificial intelligence an open door to transform agriculture forever.
A shift towards sustainability is fueling interest in impact investing.
Reduced political programming at the 17th Peoples Company Land Investment Expo could not dislodge policy from the center of discussion amid a cloudy outlook for the US ag sector.
2023 was another year in which the voluntary carbon market’s failings were heavily criticized but there were also positive notable milestones such as a $50 credit and the VCMI’s global rulebook.
The nascent debt restructuring facility has been lauded as a silver bullet for conservation finance in some quarters, but needs to continue its growth if it is to have a material global impact.
Climate Fund Managers’ Andrew Johnstone says COP is important for vehicles such as his firm’s blended finance GAIA Fund, which needs coordination across several government ministries.
Chicken filet and waffles
‘Anti-scientific and anti-Italian’ cultured meat was prohibited from being sold by lawmakers in Italy, a rare setback for what has seemed to be a steady rise in interest in the sector.
Investor appetite for forestry in tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America is being boosted by the growth of carbon markets.
Compliance is essential to all asset classes but, increasingly, timberland managers view rules and government policy as just the starting point for their next investment strategies.
For an industry driven by photosynthesis, timberland is certainly having its moment in the sun.

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