We need regenerative farming, not geoengineering | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

A good, educational weekend read from The Guardian, making the case for “regnerative agriculture” over the more industrial (but apparently trendy) idea of “geongineering:”

Regenerative agriculture comprises an array of techniques that rebuild soil and, in the process, sequester carbon. Typically, it uses cover crops and perennials so that bare soil is never exposed, and grazes animals in ways that mimic animals in nature. It also offers ecological benefits far beyond carbon storage: it stops soil erosion, remineralises soil, protects the purity of groundwater and reduces damaging pesticide and fertiliser runoff.

But these methods are slow, expensive and impractical in feeding a growing population, right?

Wrong. While comprehensive statistics are hard to come by, yields from regenerative methods often exceed conventional yields (see here and here for scientific research, and here and here for anecdotal examples). Likewise, since these methods build soil, crowd out weeds and retain moisture, fertiliser and herbicide inputs can be reduced or eliminated entirely, resulting in higher profits for farmers. No-till methods can sequester as much as a ton of carbon per acre annually (2.5 tons/hectare). In the US alone, that could amount to nearly a quarter of current emissions.

The rest is here. Via Metafilter,

— rw

Regenerative Agriculture helps improve soil health - Business - The Southwest Booster

Regenerative Agriculture helps improve soil health – Business – The Southwest Booster

By Trevor Lennox, Regional Forage Specialist, Saskatchewan Agriculture

‘Regenerative Agriculture’ is a new term that is starting to develop on some farms where producers are looking to improve the soil health on their operation. One component of soil health that has perhaps been neglected in the past is our understanding of how plants and soil microbes contribute to healthy soil.

Australian soil…

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Can Organic Agriculture Really Reverse Climate Change?

Can Organic Agriculture Really Reverse Climate Change?

By  “Coach” Mark Smallwood, Rodale Institute executive director,

Over the past 14 days, I have been on a walk–a walk that, I hope, will change the way that we look at climate change.

Each day I walk 10 miles on a journey from the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, to Washington, DC. Along the way, I have had the honor of meeting with farmers, local public officials, community members,…

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Regenerative Agriculture: Three Days with Darren Doherty

Recently, I had the privilege of attending a course in regenerative agriculture strategies with Darren Doherty. The course was structured by an interpretation of the Keyline Scale of Permanance with a couple of additional items:

  1. Climate
  2. Geography
  3. Water
  4. Access
  5. Forestry
  6. Buildings
  7. Fencing
  8. Soils
  9. PolyMarketing
  10. Energy
The Keyline framework was used to introduce a suite of regenerative strategies, including:

As well as all this, we saw a Keyline plough in action in a West Sussex pasture.

Why is all this so exciting? To my mind, an approach to agriculture that creates systems which build biological capacity in the form of soil, biomass, biodiversity and balanced natural and human managed ecosystems (agroecosystems) is the foundation of the possibility of our flourishing in the earth. And it is interesting and fun. What more exciting thing is there to do in the world than to join with those natural forces which would produce abundance with ecological health; to foster productive systems which teem with life and invite others to join in this creative work.

Darren presented people throughout the world who have been involved in this work with beautiful and profitable results. Profit, in these cases, is gained while ecological health is improved. There is still the issue of to whom those profits might rightfully accumulate or with whom they are most properly shared, but that will be a subject for another day. While I am working the most part of every day to build a barn to store some cereals, I have to hold back on exploring all that I am learning and thinking about. I have written a little bit about some of these people and strategies here before (holistic management, pasture cropping, keyline design, agroforestry). Some of the others strategies in the above list will be the subject of future posts. Some of Darren’s own ideas were also very provocative and will doubtless find their way here in the near future. For now, I have to get off to bed so that many years of work in gathering and multipying diverse cereals are not exposed to rain and sun and lost before we get a barn built.

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This is an amazing lecture by Mark Shepard about restructuring agriculture to be regenerative.

Could this be an answer to Big Food? - Fortune

Could this be an answer to Big Food? – Fortune

Based on organic farming principles, regenerative agriculture builds soil health for continued use while cutting down on greenhouse gases.

In 2013, Pam and Glenn Halloway gave up their day jobs in Washington D.C. and used their retirement funds to become co-owners of Tourmaline Farms in Deary, Idaho.

“Both of us come from farm backgrounds,” says Pam Halloway, 44, a former Army nurse and medical…

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Regenerative Agriculture Is the Answer to Save Your Health

Regenerative Agriculture Is the Answer to Save Your Health

By Dr. Mercola,

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself.” That’s a quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt, who clearly knew something most people, including farmers, have since forgotten.

The truth is, to feed the world, we must feed the soil. One of the best ways to prevent global disaster, save our health, and build a sustainable economy is through regenerative agriculture. This isn’t a…

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