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KBRA Podcast with Kim Kovacs on Technology, Innovation, and Climate Mitigating Industries. COP 26 recap continued.

DECEMBER 9, 2021

In this episode of ESG Talks, Emilie Nadler, an Associate Director on KBRA’s ESG team interviews Kim Kovacs, the newly appointed CEO of Santa Fe Farms.

Santa Fe Farms is a fully integrated company leading the growth and development of the industrial hemp industry. Kim and Emilie discuss highlights from COP26 regarding climate mitigating technology and innovation and the role emerging industries, such as the industrial hemp industry, will play in the low carbon transition.

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“The consumer is demanding [climate action] to happen, which is always the best thing. If we have to force consumers to change, then we are kind of losing the game a little. But consumers want to see sustainable products. [This] next generation is coming up and they want to have a planet for their kids and their grandkids so they are making decisions today and their using their wallets and their pocketbooks to do it.”

– Kim Kovacs, CEO of Santa Fe Farms

Wellness Mama Podcast with Deanna Byck on Carbon Offsets, Climate Change and How Hemp Can Help Save Our Planet​ - 489

OCTOBER 21, 2021

“Today’s episode is a little different than our usual health topics and I’m excited to explore the extremely versatile uses of hemp, the carbon equation and how that comes into play, and how hemp can truly help save our planet.

I am here with the Deanna Byck who is the chief global engagement officer of a hemp company that’s working to do some of this work worldwide. She talks about how hemp can be used for everything from plastic to paper, and how right now our paper use alone is taking down several billion trees a year. And we’re below replenishment, where we’re going to run out of trees in about 60 years.

She talks about plastic use and how bioplastics made from hemp can help reduce our oil-based plastic use, how hemp is carbon sequestering, what that means for the environment, and the reason we are growing enough hemp at scale right now. She also talks about what it would take to make a change that would help actually start to reverse some of the damage that’s being done. Very fascinating episode about a very important topic and I’m ready to continue being a climate advocate with Deanna!”

KBRA Podcast with Steven Gluckstern on The Power of Hemp in Climate Change Mitigation

SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

In this episode of ESG Talks, Pat Welch, KBRA’s Chief ESG and Ratings Policy Officer, interviews Steven Gluckstern, the Chairman and CEO of Santa Fe Farms.

Santa Fe Farms is a fully integrated company leading the growth and development of the industrial hemp industry. The company Santa Fe Farms spans the growth, transformation, and impact of industrial hemp into key wellness, chemical and physical ingredients and components which can be incorporated into thousands of products in categories including health, human and animal nutrition, agriculture, building materials, paper and packaging, plastics, and advanced carbon materials. Santa Fe Farms will be both a net carbon-negative business itself and an important source of offsets available to other enterprises seeking to reduce their carbon footprint to meet their ESG goals and/or regulatory requirements. Pat and Steven speak about the hemp industry’s potential the role might play in mitigating the effects of climate change across the globe, while also creating positive social impact.

“What we found out very quickly is that the real value of this plant may go way beyond the products one can make from it… Industrial hemp as we know it today sequesters as much carbon per acre as, for instance, an acre of rainforest. What became apparent to us [at Santa Fe Farms] was that as we look for nature-based solutions to the CO2 crisis, that one of those might well be hemp.” – Steven Gluckstern, Santa Fe Farms