What Is Regenerative Agriculture?
Regenerative Agriculture is the future of farming and is a scientifically proven and time-tested approach to agriculture. Regenerative agriculture principles are designed to bring about a way of farming that is centered on natural energy transformation processes on which all food is based. Regenerative agriculture practices follow as closely as possible the natural blueprint of animal and vegetation habitats as a foundation of higher productivity and reduced or elimination of harmful agricultural inputs. The end result is enhanced land productivity and wealth creation that results from more efficient carbon sequestration, which builds healthier soils, increases the fertility of the land, reduces and eventually eliminates expensive and toxic inputs and overall delivers a clear, measurable and verifiable set of economic, ecological and social outcomes.
Some of the practices associated with regenerative agriculture include minimal to no-tillage, diverse cover crops, multiple crop rotations, and agroforestry. All of these practices can and should be augmented by re-introducing animals to the land, and in those places on earth that evolved over geological time as grazing lands, managed grazing is a must. Holistic management on degraded rangeland is also an important practice of the regenerative rancher.
Regenerative Agriculture Is A Native Concept
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.