Why is Regenerative Agriculture Important?
Regenerative agriculture is the farming process that focuses on increasing soil biodiversity, increasing organic matter, and sequestering carbon. Regenerative agriculture uses no till farming. Tilling disrupts the microorganisms and organic matter in the soil. As carbon from tillage is released as carbon dioxide into the air contributing to climate change. Regenerative agriculture improves soil and plant microbiomes through cover crops, crop rotations, compost, and animal manure.
The purpose of cover crops it to “cover” or protect the soil in between seasons for the primary crop. Rotating crops works because different plants produce and use different nutrients. Compost and manure are both excellent sources of organic matter which replenishes topsoil. All of these helps naturally cycle essential nutrients. Synthetic fertilizers create a dependency for nutrients as the soil is deprived of essential microorganisms and organic matter.
Most organic farms utilize regenerative agriculture practices. Organic farms are not allowed to use synthetic fertilizers so they will often use organic matter as fertilizer. Newer classifications like biodynamic and organic regenerative are aligned with regenerative agriculture practices as well. You should try to buy from small local farmers if possible. (We try to use as many organic ingredients as possible when sourcing plant extracts).
Try composting your vegetables and fruit scraps which can be used in your own yard! Also consider donating to nonprofits dedicated to supporting regenerative agriculture. If you really want to make a difference, find a community garden near you, or start one of your own!
Continued Readings: Regeneration International, NRDC, and The Climate Reality Project.