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What is regenerative farming?

Capturing carbon and cooling down the planet

How we treat our soils and how we produce our food will be a key for climate change mitigation in the 21st century.

Regenerative agriculture is not a new invention, and it is not a buzzword that should replace organic, sustainable or other agricultural systems. The phrase was coined in the 1980s, however, the practices that it covers are hundreds or even thousands of years old.

Once you get to know the system, you will see that we are talking about agriculture based on the common sense of the farmer and the relationship with the land.

As of 2023, regenerative agriculture is used on 12 million hectares worldwide and it has the potential to grow to 200 million hectares by 2050, so it would cover 30% of the total available land area. To achieve this, we need farmers like you: smart, brave and open-minded.

Regenerative agriculture helps you increase the resilience and profitability of your farm – less inputs are needed for the same, stable yields. You can have a successful operation no matter how the climate and the markets change.

It is a system that is based on the Six Principle of Soil Health (see below) and the Four Ecosystem Processes (energy cycle, water cycle, mineral cycle and community dynamic).

The Six Principle of Soil Health are:

Context – know your production and financial goals, ecological parameters, community and beliefs.

Minimize Disturbance – minimize soil disturbance of all types: tillage, chemicals and manure applications.

Armor on the Soil – keep the soil covered at all times with living plants or residues.

Diversity – this includes diversity in plant species, soil microbial species, insects, birds and other wildlife.

Living Roots Year-Round – keep living roots in the ground for as much of the year as possible.

Livestock Integration – the act of grazing stimulates soil biology and sets in motion a series of positive effects.