The Importance of Regenerative Agriculture and Farming
Regenerative International, a non-profit organization to globally adopt regenerative agriculture, says “Regenerative agriculture describes farming and organic practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity…”
Regenerative agriculture is an approach in which conservation and rehabilitation of the food and farming system is achieved. It aims to regenerate topsoil, increase biodiversity, and improve the water cycle. Through factory farming and the onslaught of chemicals and pesticides sprayed on the crops, we have found ourselves in a serious situation. As a society, our culture has strayed far from working with the land and instead, we’ve adopted practices that cut corners and do more harm than good. These practices use and abuse our planet. If we want healthy bodies and a vibrant planet, it is imperative that we not only begin to pivot back to the successful ways of the past but adopt new and innovative practices of the future. This is done through regenerative agriculture and farming. At the forefront of these practices lies, a deep reverence and appreciation for the land.
The main goal of regenerative organic agriculture is to bring back a farmland which has become barren, run down, and depleted over the years. The studies are clear. Our soil is depleted of the minerals and nutrients that the human body needs to be healthy. This is the main reason why the supplement industry is needed. Our ancestors didn’t need to take supplements daily, because they got all they needed from the nutrients in their food. In the years to come, we could be facing a public health crisis. Without proper protection and regeneration of the soil, it may become impossible to feed the world. This is one of the many reasons Prakash Buchireddy started Sustaino.Life.
Now, on a macro level, regenerative agriculture enhances the ecosystem, by raising biodiversity, and, as a result, reduces the carbon footprint significantly. The outcome is an increased resilience towards climate change. This is great news! It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. Sustaino represents an upward trajectory on both the micro and macro levels. One serious way of moving forward is by adopting the practices of regenerative agriculture and farming.
The benefits of regenerative agriculture are endless. I will name a few below:
- Increase soil health. When the quality of the topsoil (first 15cm of soil layers) replenishes lost nutrients, this optimizes crop yields. In addition, Healthy top soil allows rain water to seep into the ground rather than running off and causing floods.
- High growth of more resilient crops. Studies have shown that organic systems consistently produce higher yields during drought season and are much more resilient to climate change.
- A tangible solution for climate change. The Rodale Institute, in a paper, made a statement; “we could sequester more than 100% of current annual CO2 emissions with a switch to widely available and inexpensive organic management practices, which we term ‘regenerative organic agriculture.’”
Regenerative agriculture is one small step towards peace and unity on this planet. It’s one large step to a healthy body and mind. Everything is connected. At Sustaino.Life, we choose to start with the soil.
Thank you for reading. This is oneness, this is the future.
By Lindsay Dyan
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