Healthy Food Systems & Natural Ecosystems.
Regenerative farming/agriculture is an approach to food and farming systems that works with nature’s rhythms and technology to feed our growing population, regenerate topsoil and enhance biodiversity now and long into the future. It incorporates farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle.
The key to regenerative agriculture is that it not only “does no harm” to the land but actually improves it, using technologies that regenerate and revitalize the soil and the environment. Regenerative agriculture leads to healthy soil, capable of producing high quality, nutrient dense food while simultaneously improving, rather than degrading land, and ultimately leading to productive farms and healthy communities and economies. It is a dynamic and holistic, incorporating permaculture and organic farming practices, including conservation tillage, cover crops, crop rotation, composting, mobile animal shelters and pasture cropping, to increase food production, farmers’ income and especially, topsoil.
Carbon farming approaches land management through the lens of carbon. Ranchers and farmers are deploying and developing strategies to capture carbon from the atmosphere where it contributes to climate change, and are consciously drawing it down into the soil—where it serves as food for microrganisms that produce healthy water-retaining soil, that in turn, yields nutrient dense food and heirloom quality fibers.
Permaculture offers principles and techniques that not only bring people and the earth into a relationship of balance, but that can actually restore degraded ecosystems and slow down the process of global warming by rebuilding soil and storing carbon in it as rich organic matter. Permaculture emphasizes a regenerative relationship between people and the earth, adopting techniques from sustainable agriculture that can be applied in both urban and rural settings.
The 2.5 minute video clip below is from Louis Fox, co-author of Sustainable [R]evolution with Juliana Birnbaum. It features permaculture expert Geoff Lawton introducing permaculture and some of it's core philosophies.