What is Regenerative Agriculture?
Regenerative agriculture is not just a farming method; it's a commitment to our land, communities, and a healthier planet. At its core, it represents an embrace of nature, working in harmony with it to yield not only abundant harvests but also hope and resilience for the future.
This holistic farming approach prioritizes soil health, biodiversity, and long-term sustainability. Instead of depleting natural resources with chemical fertilizers and pesticides, regenerative agriculture works in harmony with nature to create a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future.
Farmers Cultivating Resilient Regenerative Ecosystems
Understand the Context
The regenerative agriculture principles should be implemented based on the environmental, economic and cultural context of each unique operation.
Minimize soil disturbance
Reducing or eliminating tillage, along with limiting other disturbances like overgrazing and over-application of nutrients and pesticides, can reverse this process.
The inclusion of a wide range of plants and animals in the system decreases pest and disease pressure, while promoting biodiversity and improving soil health.
Maximize plant diversity
Keep the soil covered
Keeping the soil covered with living plants and crop residue protects it from wind, sun, hard rain, and other elements that erode it and damage the organisms living in the soil.
Maintain living roots year-round
Growing plants continually throughout the year retains nutrients and increases the supply of food to the living things in the soil, which leads to carbon sequestration, cleaner water and improved soil function.
Natural pruning inspires new plant growth, natural fertilizer invites helpful insects to aerate the soil and spread organic matter, and livestock movement increases nutrient cycling by trampling crop residue.
Text by General Mills
Regenerative Agriculture Benefits
Regenerative agriculture is a formidable ally of the environment. It harmonizes with nature and has the potential to initiate a virtuous cycle within the ecosystem. By combining ancestral wisdom with modern science, this form of agriculture can foster the development of more resilient soils and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions effectively.