What is regenerative agriculture?
Regenerative agriculture is a farming and grazing practice that helps restore soil biodiversity and stabilize the climate. Currently, most conventional and event organic agriculture practices are devastating to biodiversity and have a negative impact on the land. Three common forms that regenerative agriculture can take are:
· No-till farming: The soil is full of organisms that are helpful for plants. Some convert soil nitrogen into a usable plant form, and some bring water to the plants that would otherwise be out of reach. When soil is turned over by machines, most of these organisms are killed, and thus the crops must rely on chemical fertilizers, which end up leaching into the water. In central to no-till farming, crops whose roots break up the soil let the worms aerate the soil and bring down nutrients that keep the soil covered with an organic mulch.
· Regenerative Grazing: From the release of methane to clearing forests for pasture land, cattle raising is very environmentally destructive. Thus, the right practices for grazing animals should be put in place to sequester the amounts of carbon into the ground, benefit the soil and reverse desertification.
· Agro-Foresty: According to USDA, “Agro-forestry is the intentional integration of trees and shrubs into crop and animal farming systems to create environmental, economic, and social benefits.”Unlike conventional agriculture, agro-forestry seeks to create as many relationships between things as possible (plants, animals, water, humans etc.).
How can regenerative agriculture combat climate change? Read the full article here: https://www.nationalobserver.com/2022/04/04/explainer/regenerative-agriculture-combat-climate-change
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