Regenerative Agriculture – Production Approach

Why Regenerative Agriculture?

The loss of the world’s fertile soil and biodiversity, along with the loss of indigenous seeds and knowledge, pose a mortal threat to our future survival. According to soil scientists, at current rates of soil destruction (i.e. decarbonization, erosion, desertification, chemical pollution), within 50 years we will not only suffer serious damage to public health due to a qualitatively degraded food supply characterized by diminished nutrition and loss of important trace minerals, but we will literally no longer have enough arable topsoil to feed ourselves.

Regenerative Agriculture is described as farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle.

Source: Top Practices and Systems in Regenerative Agriculture | Cool Farm Tool

Agriculture uses 30-40% of the Earth’s land surface with a disproportionate effect on biodiversity, climate, and water cycles. According to FAO, 52% of global agricultural land is degraded which in turn makes farmers and their land more vulnerable to climate change. The agriculture sector is one of the biggest emitters of CO2, the greenhouse gas (GHG) most responsible for the changes we are seeing in our climate today. Agricultural practices are major drivers of reduction of biodiversity, the sharp rise in the atmospheric concentration of nitrous oxide, and conversion of forests to arable lands. Although not all agricultural systems are degenerative, it is crucial that global agricultural practices are designed to go beyond sustainability and enhance the restoration of natural ecosystems by adding elements of a circular economy that emphasize efficient water, carbon, and nutrient cycles. And this is exactly what regenerative agriculture is set out to achieve.

Adoption Challenges for Regenerative Agriculture:

• Change in mindset of farmers to do less harm by avoiding extractive agriculture.

• Supporting the farmers in the transition period from extractive industrial farming to the regenerative ecosystem.

 

Some of the impacts of adopting to Regenerative Agriculture:

• Able to feed the world sustainably: It will become possible to feed the world and cope up with food scarcity.

• Decrease in GHG emissions: A new food system could be a key driver of solutions to climate change.

• Reverse in climate change: Emissions reduction alone is simply inadequate. Luckily, the science says that we can reverse climate change by increasing soil carbon stocks.

• Improved yields: In cases of extreme weather and climate change, yields on organic farms are significantly higher than conventional farms.

• Improved nutrition: If the soil is healthy and minimal usage of chemical inputs is happening, then naturally the nutrition in the yield is much higher.

• Creating drought-resistant soil: Usage of organic matter into the soil during farming increases the water holding capacity of the soil.

• Revitalizing local economies: Regenerative Agriculture practices make sure the economy of the related value chain representatives is boosted.

• Preservation of traditional knowledge: Understanding indigenous farming systems reveals important ecological clues for the development of regenerative organic agricultural systems.

• Nurturing biodiversity: Well nurtured biodiversity is the fundamental outcome of Regenerative Agriculture practicing.

• Restoring grasslands: By practicing planned grazing we can make sure to restore our grasslands to a higher level.

Save the Planet, move towards Regenerative Agricultural Practices!

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