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What is Regenerative Agriculture? Check out these great articles from those that are on the forefront of this movement.
In his opening address to the Savory Institute global conference in London on August 1, Alan Savory said that while agriculture is the foundation of civilization and of any stable economy, it is also, when poorly practiced, the most destructive industry—even more so than coal mining.
The World Wildlife Fund estimates that since 1960, a third of the world’s arable land has been lost through erosion and other degradation. Much of the destruction is caused by increased demand for GMO corn, soy, cotton, canola, sugar beet and alfalfa crops, used to feed factory farm animals, to produce highly-subsidized yet inefficient biofuels and to make processed foods.
The perpetual cycle of planting mono-crops, saturating the crops and fields with toxic chemicals, tilling them under and replanting them destroys the soil and degrades the land by depleting soil nutrients and causing erosion. Overgrazing pastures instead of managing livestock herds holistically, using a system of planned rotational grazing, is equally destructive…. READ MORE.
Regenerative agriculture is the dawn of planetary engineering. And that’s great news for the future of the planet. Here’s how I know.
We have five hay fields on our farm. They are the kind of rolling, green, and gorgeous fields that are typical across Vermont’s pastoral green mountains. All five of the fields have been incredibly productive over the past forty years using our area’s conventional methods for hay farming–frequent tilling, a corn rotation, chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. Our hay was regarded as some of the best in the area. And we produced a lot of it.
Then, in 2012, we stopped tilling. We stopped spraying chemicals. We stopped rotating in corn. And, as a result, fields that once produced three cuttings of broad-leafed, green, tall grasses struggled to produce two cuttings of thin, dry, yellowed grass. Our hay production collapsed.
Despite that, we stuck to our idealistic guns: no tilling, no chemicals, no corn. And, now, three years later, the grass growth is still dismal in all of our fields…except one… READ MORE.
What is it?
Regenerative Farming is farming that allows nature to remain healthy and continue to be a productive system. Nature, as we know, is a continuous system with zero waste. Everything constantly gets re-used in an interdependent system where one area’s waste is used to generate another area’s new growth. Like decomposing trees becoming nutrients to feed other plants. Or CO2, including that emitted by human actions.
If we let nature work the way she needs to she will continue to keep our soil, our air, and our oceans healthy and productive. If we break the natural cycle nature will break down, pure and simple. Just like what is happening with the stability of climate…. READ MORE.
Can we build a perennial agriculture landscape that can adapt to a more unstable climate while producing the fruits, vegetables, lean meats, healthy lives, economies and ecology that we need?
We say yes. But to do so, we must find a new rhythm. One that flows with the seasons, the ecology, and our humane principles. And we have to bring all of these together to build the rural-urban connections needed to scale up a more resilient system across the board: from the engagement of the natural ecology in producing what we need, to the democratization and diversification of system ownership and control, so that everyone has a fair chance to participate in these business management systems and processes. Processes that need to be in place to get the wheels turning and the systems’ products flowing.
First off, we already have proof and know that we can restore landscapes with free range meat and egg poultry. This sub-system alone supports the production of nut bushes and trees, and can be used to finish very high quality pork if adequately scaled… READ MORE.
During the last half century agriculture and food systems lost their way , in the darkness and fog created by myths and propaganda created by corporations that made chemical for the war , that poisons and synthetic chemicals are necessary to feed the world . For the industry it was a matter of extending their sources of profits long after the war was over . For the planet and people , the costs have been very high . 75% of the earth’s biodiversity, soils, water has been destroyed, the climate has been destabilized, farmers have been uprooted , and instead of nourishing us, industrial food has become the biggest cause of disease and ill health .
And after all that destruction , the industrial systems produces only 30% of the food eaten by people .If we travel further down that road, we will have a dead planet,and no food.
We do not eat propaganda. We eat soil, we eat water, we eat biodiversity . And when these vital resources are destroyed , our food security is destroyed.
But there is another road to food security. The road that was abandoned by research institutes and governments under the influence of giant chemical corporations, which are now also the biotechnology and seed corporations . This is the road of agroecology .This is the road with small farms which still produce 70% of the food inspite of a century of a war against small farms. This is the road that rejuvenates our soil and biodiversity and water, that stabilizes the climate, that produces health and well being . It is not a road less travelled when looked from the perspective that most people in the world are small farmers, that small farms produce most of the food we eat… READ MORE.