We have a real soft spot for all things farming, a taste for good food and a considerable thirst for beverages of most kinds at The Yield.

So when the troops gathered for the editorial planning meeting and realised we’d originally intended to give this issue a pre-election focus, there was a resounding cry of “Boring!” that went round the room and we promptly decided to shift focus to our more favoured topics.

Agri-food it is. From paddock to plate, as they say – or more precisely, from whatever the origin may be to the end destination.

In the case of The Lupin Co, the story does indeed start in the paddock. But it takes all sorts of turns from there. This humble but well researched legume once considered by Australians to be not fit for human consumption is finding its way into all manner of products that are indeed fit for consumption – and no doubt consumed for fitness as well.

We talk to The Lupin Co’s Managing Director and “Chief Lupinologist” David Fienberg about that journey. READ MORE

Another reason for not focusing on pre-election guff was that we didn’t fancy our chances of getting ScoMo or Albo in front of the Yield video camera to give us their pitches. But we knew we had a far better chance with SeaStock’s Tom Puddy, and we knew his story about the world-changing benefits of Asparagopsis would be far more interesting than political waffle.

Aspara-what? That’s what we said, but as Tom explains, it’s a type of seaweed that’s prolific off the WA and neighbouring coastlines and, when added to stock feeds, can reduce methane emissions (which form in the stomachs of livestock and emit from both ends) by up to 90 per cent.

It’s got all the elements of a great yarn – farts, burps, a bit of boating and major positive impacts on the climate. WATCH VIDEO

Speaking of positive climate impacts, it’s no secret that the world needs to embrace more sustainable methods of producing the food required to feed the ever-growing population.

Australia’s in a prime position to grab that sustainable bull by its climate friendly horns and milk it for all it’s worth (apologies for the mixed analogies, anatomically incorrect references and potential images you may never be able to unsee).

But there’s a reticence among investors and financiers to jump in the proverbial saddle and back things other than broadacre farming or long-established food manufacturing.

We slipped on the work boots, grabbed a shovel from the shed and did some digging to find out what’s going on in the agri-investment world. READ MORE

As for that pre-election focus, although we’d shied well away, we did vaguely think about contacting Barnaby’s office for some governmental input from someone who’s meant to have the agri sector’s interests at heart. But given nothing he says ever makes any sense, and no one’s quite sure whose interests he has at heart, we didn’t bother.

The other thing we realised all too late was that despite our considerable thirsts mentioned at the top of the page, we failed to cover anything drink related. We certainly missed an opportunity there, but already have some ideas brewing for a future issue devoted to the wet stuff.

Happy reading!

Ed