Renata Brillinger, executive director, California Climate & Agriculture Network 7-29-2020

Published: Dec 15 2020

Renata Brillinger is the co-founder and Executive Director of the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN). She has more than two decades of experience in sustainable agriculture policy and programs and 30 years’ experience in non-profit administration. She serves on the steering committee of the Center for Sustainability at CalPoly University in San Luis Obispo and the advisory board of UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute.

Highlights of this episode include:

1. The history and function of CalCAN

2. Why the dominant culture in California legislator must shift

3. Regenerative agriculture vs climate smart ag

4. The 2020 Farmer Equity Report

5. Why food from local farms and ranches not yet served at scale in schools, public institutions, throughout the CA prison system.

6. The House Select Committees Climate Crisis report, Biden’s Unity Taskforce, and why a methodology matters for carbon footprint accounting in these reports

7. Why doing what you love is what you are here to do

8. Why political leadership and campaign finance reform are paramount for regenerative ag to flourish