Regenerative agriculture is, essentially, an alternative method of farming that focuses on rebuilding soil. By adding natural composting agents, which increases biodiversity and feeds the soil, healthy crops grow resilient and strong, not exhausting any one plot of soil. In addition, farmers engage in crop rotation instead of exhausting the soil – encouraging intercrop planting and diverse cover cropping to reduce erosion, increase diversity and overall soil health. Healthy, diverse, pesticide-free soil can produce year after year – sustainably.
What else are these leaders in the movement doing differently? These farmers are using methods that require minimal tilling. Continual soil tilling can increase erosion, disrupt healthy, helpful fungal communities and add too much Oxygen into the ground. This not only helps the long-term sustainability of our soil, but it helps our planet’s atmosphere with carbon sequestering.
The new regenerative farming movement also emphasizes a holistic view – one that supports overall ecosystem consideration. Health of the soil and land management are important, as is animal welfare and biodiversity. Farmer and worker fairness are also an important part of the equation. Looking at the whole picture and seeing how all are affected is the way forward. We can get there together; none of us are as strong as all of us.
Reposted from farmersfootprint.us