Kat Taylor started a bank, a venture capital firm and an agribusiness to use capitalism’s toolbox to fight systemic racism, environmental destruction and economic inequality. Kat Taylor sees no need to limit her causes or her techniques as she aims for the most social and environmental change a billion or so dollars can buy.
These days, Taylor is best known as the singing spouse of billionaire climate change activist and ex-Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer. But in the world of impact investing, she’s famous in her own right for the breadth and ambition of her efforts, as well as her musical shtick. Indeed, Taylor’s efforts are the big reason the couple made the Forbes Impact 50 for 2020.
Taylor has been pursuing an in-the-weeds environmental project: turning the 1,800 acre grass-fed cattle ranch 40 miles south of San Francisco that she and Steyer acquired in 2002 into a model for “regenerative” agriculture, focused on water and land quality as well as humane animal treatment. Before the pandemic, the TomKat Ranch was seeing steady sales of its prime LeftCoast Grassfed beef brand, collecting data on soil health, running on-site workshops and lobbying big buyers like schools and hospitals to demand regenerative food. Since the pandemic, it has shifted to hosting virtual webinars and has donated chickens and coops to struggling senior homes and food banks.
Regenerative agriculture is a way of practicing agriculture that harnesses natural systems and cycles, like the carbon, solar and water cycles. Taylor, cofounder of TomKat Ranch, is making a huge impact on farming in a more sustainable way by harnessing the restorative powers of this holistic farming practice.
Read the full story on Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinstoller/2020/10/09/meet-billionaire-politician-tom-steyers-wife-a-pioneering-impact-investor-on-a-mission-to-spend-1-billion-righting-societys-wrongs/#44733ec31aae
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