Colin Steen: Venture Capital in Agriculture and the consolidation of Big Ag companies

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Colin Steen is the CEO of Legacy Seeds a holding company that sells non-GMO and organic seeds in addition to traited (GMO) seeds. Steen spoke with Vance Crowe about how venture capital is being spent in agriculture, what it was like to be in Syngenta when Monsanto attempted to buy it, and then go on to talk about organic seed loopholes, SPACs, and why the climate change discussion is so one-dimensional.

Chapters —

3:05 Start

3:40 Where are venture capitalists investing in agriculture

6:20 Is regulation inhibiting innovation in agriculture?

11:04 What is a SPAC?

15:29 Legacy seed companies vs venture capital

21:33 Stories of the biggest acquisitions in agriculture

23:29 GMO vs organic

32:20 How does the alfalfa market work?

38:34 Laundering organic crops from Europe

45:01 How has consolidation changed agriculture?

47:38 Is pork at threat of disappearing? | African Swine Fever in Puerto Rico

54:32 How farmers view climate change

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