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Crops, Cattle, and Climate: Potential Solutions to Agriculture’s Potent Pollutants
Join us as we dive deeper into the world of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) for our January webinar! Reducing the potent SLCPs related to agriculture represents a major opportunity area for natural product companies to reduce their climate impacts.

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries, a partner of the UN's Clean Air and Climate Coalition, will join to discuss the primary drivers behind agriculture-related SLCPs, including burning and enteric emissions. The Ministry will break down the typical agricultural GHG footprint, and why it so consistently comprises the majority of emissions related to food production. They'll also cover how the measurement of GHG emissions can influence policy development while highlighting existing and emerging international policy and global organizations working in this arena. 

Next, Lotus Foods, a winner of the National Co+op Grocers Climate Collaborative’s 2018 Outstanding Value Chain Engagement Award, will review their work with their More Crop Per Drop program, which is reducing methane emissions in rice production. Lotus will dive into how rice is related to climate emissions and how their System of Rice Intensification (SRI) helps lessen those impacts.

Jan 25, 2019 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Peter Ettema
Manager @International Environment at MPI - Ministry for Primary Industries (NZ)
Production of the agricultural chapter of New Zealand's National Greenhouse Gas Inventory. Managing a research portfolio aimed at increasing the accuracy of reporting and projections of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from agriculture and forestry. New Zealand representative on OECD Agriculture and Environment Working Group. MPI representative on the initial judging panel for the Ahuwhenua Trophy – BNZ Maori Excellence in Farming Award
Ken Lee
Co-Founder & Co-CEO @Lotus Foods`
Lotus Foods is one of the most innovative, organic and fair trade specialty rice brands in the country. Its products have received many awards from the Specialty Food Association and Natural Products trade groups. Ken has over 20 years of experience importing rice from smallholder farmers in developing countries who had no previous export experience and providing them access to a global marketplace. Responsible for establishing Lotus Foods’ primary account base, Ken has developed extensive personal and capacity-building relationships with the company's suppliers throughout the world. Prior to founding Lotus Foods, Ken worked in the insurance industry and was a financial consultant. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island.