Climate Smart Agriculture with Max Teplitski and Drew Zabrocki


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In our milestone 100th episode, we're diving deep into the realm of climate-smart agriculture, a pivotal topic shaping the future of farming. Joining us are Max Teplitski, Chief Science Officer at the International Fresh Produce Association, and Drew Zabrocki, Managing Partner at TOTEM LTD. Together, we explore IFPA's ambitious climate-smart program, diving into its current status, anticipated outcomes, and the transformative benefits it offers. 
From the essential role of soil health in crop cultivation to the challenges of data integration, we uncover how IFPA is bridging the gap between existing grower systems and innovative agricultural practices. As consumer consciousness drives demand for sustainable food production, we dissect the vital nexus between agriculture, climate, and consumer preferences. Reflecting on the evolving landscape of climate-smart agriculture, we emphasize the importance of education, flexibility, and patience in fostering widespread adoption. 

Key Takeaways:

  • An overview of the Climate Smart Program at IFPA.
  • The projected outcomes of this program.
  • The benefits of this program.
  • How they are bringing this system to farmers at scale.
  • The importance of education and meeting people where they’re at.
  • What the reaction of growers has been?
  • How can we get signage up?

Ideas Worth Sharing

“Soil health is critical to the growth of every crop.” - Max Teplitski

“Consumers want to know everything about the food that they eat.” - Drew Zabrocki

“We’re just at the beginning of the climate-smart agriculture conversation. Look at how long it took for organic produce to become not just something we were curious about but a thing that retailers depend on. We need to afford ourselves a little bit of patience.” - Max Teplitski

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