An Important Industry Overlooked in ESG Investing — Agriculture

Agriculture isn’t just about pleasing investors

The ESG investing or impact investing movement is led in part by Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock Inc., known as the “Godfather of Wall Street”. In 2019, he set out to reshape the concept of global capital markets, focusing on sustainable development and social issues. ESG investing has grown rapidly in 2020 and is arguably one of Wall Street’s fastest-growing investment themes this year. This year, Fink wrote in a letter to shareholders: “Every company and every industry will be transformed by the transition to a net-zero world. The question is, will you lead, or will you be led?”

Innovation at the forefront

When one thinks of sustainable agriculture, an idyllic vision may be imagined, or perhaps an organically grown farm. But as great as these visions are, they do not have the ability to scale to feed a growing population under the conditions we face today.

Agricultural data fights ‘greenwashing’

Despite the lofty goals of ESG investing, the field has a serious Achilles heel: “greenwashing.” Even agriculture is no exception.

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