The universal law of thermodynamics states what our ancestral spirit already knows: Carbon energy transformation is the foundation of all geo-evolutionary processes. The energy that was present when the earth was a fireball is almost the exact same energy that, over geological time, reorganized itself into the simple and complex expressions of life we see today. Plants and animals evolve to optimize their chances of capturing and transforming carbon energy, infallibly forming symbiotic relationships to help themselves in this pursuit. It is a natural fact that energy transformation and rearrangement happen best and most efficiently when no attempt is made to interfere with the laws of thermodynamics. The guiding principle of regenerative agriculture is therefore the restoration of natural ecosystems.
The return of native flora and fauna to the landscape, for example, is an excellent indicator of an ecological system in balance and able to regenerate.
Below ground, biodiversity enables every microbe to fill a niche in the food web — fungi, algae, bacteria, earthworms, termites, ants, nematodes, dung beetles, etc. Above ground, crop diversity keeps infestations from growing and spreading. Crop rotation and cover crop mixes play a major role in ensuring farm biodiversity. These practices in partnership with composted manure have shown to produce carbon gains of 1.0 ton/acre/year over a 10-year period. Soil that is high in organic matter provides for large, diverse populations of microbes, fungi, and enzymes, which together cycle more carbon and contribute to plant and animal nutrition.
Together we will reshape modern agriculture by building an ecosystem of agricultural businesses and individuals working together toward regeneration.