Regenerative agriculture is a holistic way way of farming, working with the principles of nature, rather than against them (as does conventional agriculture with its monocultures). Thus, regenerative agriculture enables the land to regenerate and become “healthier” year by year, and through increased fertility also the yields become richer each year. It reverses the logic of human activity in nature as destructive per se since resources used are not depleted but rather improved. Wow! How can something that I take from even get better?!
Regenerative agriculture works with the natural cycles of water, carbon and energy. Healthy soil is the central aspect of regenerative farming methods, of which one approach is to possibly not disturb the earth through methods like tilling or ploughing. Like that, soil life can flourish undisturbed, which enriches its fertility (which is another expression for sequestering carbon in the ground).
Together with the increasing fertility comes the soils capacity to store water. So regenerative agriculture also helps to restore the wathershed health of a landscape, which also effects surrounding areas.
Through water and soil life also flora and fauna flourish, so whole eco-systems of relationships can be restored and enriched.
Regenerative agriculture is a key element of the response to climate change, through it’s capacity to restore eco-systems and thus increase both health of the lands and the communitie’s living with it.
Learn more by watching the Ted talk about Regenerative Agriculture by Charles Massy.