Because the climate is broken, our air, oceans, water systems, are polluted, our food and lands are poisoned, the world is undernourished while overloaded with disease causing food supplies and the rural farming communities are failing. Conventional toxic agriculture practices and the systems that perpetuate them are responsible for most of the ecological destruction of the land and pollution of the air, our governments are mainly beholden to these extractive systems In order to re-engage the democratic process a global grassroots regenerative agriculture-centered system must emerge and become the norm.
Building alliances and coming together as consumers, farmers and entrepreneurs to implement a regenerative agriculture system that can put carbon back in the soil, organic matter back into the cycles of production, farmers back on the land and land back in the hands of farmers is central to moving regenerative agriculture forward.
Because the high cost of current disruption of life and ecosystems at the planetary level, is already breaking our social fabric, and all of us, our children, and the grandchildren of their grandchildren will be paying the price at an inflated rate of interest that nature is already imposing on humanity.
Because we know that regenerative agriculture can fix the climate, feed people, end poverty and restore rural economies, and because in the absence of leadership at the highest levels of our corporate and government systems, it is upon consumers, farmers and entrepreneurs to come together to make change happen...
The Midwest states of the USA represent one of the most intense areas of agricultural production in the world. Currently, these states primarily operate under an industrial agriculture model, which is resulting in poor land stewardship and soil degradation, which in turn fosters air pollution, contaminated waterways, increasing food access issues, and therefore increased public health problems.
Furthermore, the massive decline of independent family farm businesses - to the tune of approximately two farm bankruptcies every day, combined with low-wage industrial jobs are leading to increased rural poverty. These examples serve as clear indicators the current model of agriculture is failing rather than feeding the world. The outdated industrial model of farming is approaching maximum entropy, as scientists at the Food and Agriculture Organization have predicted a total of only 60 remaining harvests before farming as we know it comes to a perilous halt.
A new way of organizing and managing how food is produced in relation to the environment, the people, and the economy is critical to maintaining a robust food production system while keeping independent farm businesses intact. To accomplish this, a massive transition to regenerative agriculture, and related land use techniques, represents the most ideal and achievable way of ensuring that long-term and sustainable regenerative productive capacity can be returned to the soil, and with it, a reversal of the negative climate effects such as the destruction of critical water, land and air resources. Regenerating these resources is the cornerstone of feeding the world and a critical step in re-routing the current self-destructive pathway of the dominant food and agriculture sector.
In order to shepherd a massive transition, new industries grounded on regenerative thinking must emerge. For these regenerative industries to emerge, infrastructure must be developed in a way that encompasses a clear transition process with solid networking, strategic resourcing, coordinated organizing and thoughtful consolidation in order to support real and permanent change at scale.
The Regenerative Agriculture Alliance is intended as a formal partnership of dedicated, accountable and responsible assembly of combined industry level leaders representing the different respective sectors that are moving into a regenerative operating framework.
Regenerative Agriculture is a way of thinking and looking at the natural world governed and anchored by nature’s never-ending cycles of energy flow and transformation throughout the ecosphere. It is defined by natural processes of organizing and disorganizing matter that turns inedible energy (chemicals and minerals in the air, soil, water) into edible energy (the food on our plates).
When this way of thinking is applied to the engineering of the food and agriculture production and supply-chain management from the soil to the table, it can regenerate the soil (microbiology especially), the air (sequester carbon and other toxic volatile chemical pollutants that belong in the soil and plant structures), clean the water (by eliminating toxic agricultural inputs and restoring perennial and native productive cover to critical erodible lands), restore urban-rural partnerships around food access and increase the long-term return on economic investments as toxic expensive inputs and the external consequences of their use are eliminated and as the natural productivity of nature is restored.
This way of thinking, it is not ours or for anybody else to claim, we are simply borrowing from past knowledge and wisdom. It is the right of everyone to have access to healthy nutritious food, clean air to breath, fresh water to drink and a planet that is inhabitable now and for many generations to come.
The foundational understanding of regenerative agriculture is simply a way of thinking that belongs to the ancient traditions and way of living preserved by the indigenous peoples of the world. It is also this way of thinking that will save the planet from the current extraction-driven mentality of profit-driven food and agriculture operations that pursue their goals at any cost, including the health of consumers and the ecology on which all life depends.
We encourage all committed to regenerative agriculture to honor the origin of this native concept and reject ongoing attempts at colonization, exploitation, and appropriation of this ancient way of thinking. This is very important for the integrity of our collective effort to build a regenerative food and agriculture industry. We are committed to seeing this through.