Vertical Farming – Controlled Environment Ag Market Brief – Future Bright

Vertical Farming – Controlled Environment Ag Market Brief – Future Bright

Vertical Farming, a Controlled Environment Agriculture technique using LED lights, automation and control systems, is in the early stages of a secular growth story because it is reaching economic parity in markets around the world. Vertical Farming is also a solution-based investment in terms of climate and social challenges. Investment in agricultural technology is growing and reached $4.5B in 2015. Still, Upstream Production Infrastructure, like Vertical Farming, remains a small part of overall investment. Indoor agriculture attracted $77M of the reported total in in 2015. This total grew to $248M in 2016, 222% growth and we estimate will exceed $450M in 2017. Vertical Farming is increasingly being seen as part of the puzzle in creating a sustainable global agricultural system.

Climate Volatility: A Predictable Increase in Forward Economic Volatility that can be Hedged.

Climate Volatility: A Predictable Increase in Forward Economic Volatility that can be Hedged.

Climate Volatility represents a predictable increase in forward economic volatility that can be hedged. By acting today, we can implement a profitable hedge that helps ensure a prosperous world for our children and those that come after. Inaction ensures the baton is passed from human impact to all-out climate chaos. The window to act is small, but, together, we can do it.

Don’t Give Up

Don’t Give Up

Don’t give up. Not now. We’re too close. I know a lot of people are frustrated and disillusioned with the state of politics and world affairs. I share those frustrations. But never before have the problems, and the solutions, been brought into to light in such a transparent and accountable manner. This, unfortunately, is the painful part about getting to the truth. There is only one way to resolve that pain. We know the truth and now it is time…

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Rest in Peace – Gabe Selig 1967-2016

Rest in Peace – Gabe Selig 1967-2016

All things pass. All things. On Sunday, we lost a friend and a fellow traveller on life’s great continuum. Gabe Selig died doing what he loved, surrounded by those who knew and cared for him. Gabe was a true character and he cared deeply about what he believed in. Although I met Gabe in 2003, it wasn’t until 2011 that I would begin to understand the importance of those beliefs. Gabe was a passionate proponent of sustainability, particularly of the…

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The OpEd of a Citizen

The OpEd of a Citizen

To be clear, I haven’t become disinterested in politics. I’ve just tuned it down in favor of the positives in life.I’ve collected enough data and made a decision. For the math, it’s Bernie Sanders. There are some things we need to be doing. Number one is preparing for increased climate volatility. The math is clear. We can prepare in a profitable and prosperous way now, but not in the future. We must go all-in on renewable energy and begin a…

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JPM says no to Coal

JPM says no to Coal

J.P. Morgan recently announced it would suspend most future financing for coal. The firm will consider case-by- case financing for developing markets with carbon sequestration (CCS) technology is employed.  Future Bright explain the implications of JPM’s decision in terms of the newly reframed Climate Volatility. In fact, JPM’s decision can be viewed as Climate Volatility Risk Management.  Once we reframe the debate, we then look to understand the risks and impacts of #ClimateVolatility on businesses and consumers across the globe. …

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Reframe the Debate 

Reframe the Debate 

Reframe the debate – Climate Volatility can be managed, monetized and mathematically observed – If you live in New York or Australia – your intuition is observing it. Let it through and prepare for the future. For risk managers, fiduciaries and decision makers everywhere – the implications of Climate Volatility are economic and ultimately ones of business and societal viability. The Future Bright portfolio promotes stable, localized cash flows with little to no operational supply chain through investments in renewables, efficiency…

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5 Numbers on Water

5 Numbers on Water

5 numbers about a given topic in hopes of stimulating a math based discussion of sustainability and sustainable investing. This post will attempt to follow a form that does one or all of the following: Illuminates a problem in the context of environmental or social systems Illustrates where industry may have to shift behavior due to the problem Ties the problem to the economic system Highlights potential investment solutions Today’s 5 focuses on water scarcity and degradation touching on both…

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Five Thankful Eyes “I’s”

Five Thankful Eyes “I’s”

Here are 5 “I’s” to be thankful for in our global pivot towards sustainability. Let’s keep in mind the goals here; that is, the efficient and restorative use of resources for a healthy, prosperous and profitable future. When we invest in sustainability today, we improve our communities and our environment so that future generations can live together and enjoy the planet as we have. If we invest locally, in food and energy independence, we improve our own security and that…

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Models for Localization

Models for Localization

Down the road from where I sit writing this post, a prudent example of localization and education is taking root at Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton CT. This month, the town activated a ground mounted solar array capable of providing one half of the schools electricity needs. The project was financed entirely by the CT Green Bank and is phase one of a plan to make Samuel Staples the first fully solar powered school in Connecticut. The story illustrates…

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