Agriculture influences the world.Healthy food comes from healthy landscapes and modern industrial agriculture has damaged this. Charles Massey (2017; 2019) sees regenerative practices as the way forward.

Regenerative agriculture as an effective response to climate change and to building sustainability.

The introduction of the term regenerative agriculture has created a big umbrella for many innovative agricultural practices. Regenerative agriculture is based on various agricultural and ecological practices, with a particular emphasis on minimal soil disturbance and the practice of composting. 

The aim of adopting regenerative agriculture is to build the soil to ensure efficient production, resiliency against drought and flood, and the promise that the farm will not only be sustainable with the environment, but actually help regenerate degraded soil.Regenerative agricultureis a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming systems. It focuses on topsoilregeneration, increasing biodiversity, improving the water cycle, enhancing ecosystem services, increasing resilience to climate change, and strengthening the health and vitality of farm soil. Practices include, recycling as much farm waste as possible, and adding compostedmaterial from sources outside the farm.

Regenerative agriculture attracts many types of farmers, all sharing one goal – building the soil.  This is done by using different tools such as high-density rotational grazing, mineral and microbial balancing, compost application, , green manure crops, cover crops, inter-cropping, perennial pastures and embraces organic, biodynamic  and biological farming.

Regenerative agriculture on small farms and gardens is often based on ideologies like permacultureagroecologyagroforestry and holistic management

On a regenerative farm, yield should increase over time. As the topsoil deepens, production may increase and less external compost inputs are required. Actual output is dependent on the nutritional value of the composting materials, and the structureand content of the soil.

Regenerative agriculture is an effective response to climate change because producers do not use agrochemicals, many of which are derived from fossil fuels, and greatly reduce their reliance on oil. The experiences of farmers who have adopted regenerative agriculture show that it restores soil carbon, literally locking carbon up underground, while also reversing desertification, recharging water systems, increasing biodiversity and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And it produces nutrient-rich food and promises to enliven rural communities and reduce corporate control of the food system.

Charles Massey published a book called “The Call of the Reed Warbler” in 2017 framing regenerative agriculture as a saviour for the earth.Charles Massy is a seminal voice in regenerative agriculture, which foregrounds ‘ecological literacy’ as a key tool. It looks to nature as a guide, seeking always to support and regenerate ecosystems. Massey is uncompromising in his conviction that healthy food comes from healthy landscapes and that modern industrial agriculture has damaged this. Instead, he sees regenerative practices as the way forward.

Want to know more then recommended reading…

Charles Massey (2017) “The Call of the Reed Warbler”.