Hola earthfam, concerned about the planetary crisis and want to know what to do?
We are living in a time of multiple crises: the soil crisis, the food and health crisis, the climate crisis, and the crisis of democracy. These crises are interconnected and have a common root cause: the degeneration of our agricultural and natural systems.
Degenerative agriculture is based on practices and inputs that damage the environment, soil, health, and communities and involve animal cruelty, such as synthetic toxic pesticides, synthetic water-soluble fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, confined animal feeding operations, and destructive tillage systems. Degenerative agriculture is not only bad for our planet, but also for our health, our economy, and our society.
But there is a solution:
☆ Regenerative agriculture and agroecology are based on practices and inputs that improve the environment, soil, health, animal welfare, and communities. Regenerative agriculture and agroecology are not only free from toxic chemicals, GMOs, and factory farms, but also enhance the natural cycles and systems that sustain life on earth. Regenerative agriculture and agroecology are not only good for our health, but also for our prosperity, our justice, and our democracy.
In this article, we will explore what regenerative agriculture and agroecology are, how they can benefit us and the planet, and how we can support them and join the global movement of regeneration.
What are regenerative agriculture and agroecology?
Regenerative agriculture is the next and higher stage of organic food and farming, which is based on the science of agroecology. Agroecology is the application of ecological principles and concepts to the design and management of sustainable agricultural systems. Agroecology respects the diversity and complexity of nature and works with it, not against it. Agroecology promotes the health and well-being of all living beings and the planet as one and indivisible.
Regenerative agriculture and agroecology aim to improve the environment, soil, health, animal welfare, and communities. They include methods such as:
- Using organic and natural inputs, such as compost, manure, and mulch, instead of synthetic and toxic chemicals, such as pesticides, fertilizers, and GMOs.
- Practicing crop rotation, intercropping, and cover cropping, to enhance soil fertility, biodiversity, and pest control.
- Implementing no-till or low-till systems, to reduce soil erosion, water loss, and carbon emissions.
- Integrating livestock and crops, to create synergies and cycles of nutrients, water, and energy.
- Restoring and conserving natural habitats, such as forests, wetlands, and grasslands, to support wildlife and ecosystem services.
- Engaging and empowering local communities, to foster social justice, food sovereignty, and cultural diversity.
How can regenerative agriculture and agroecology benefit us and the planet?
Regenerative agriculture and agroecology have many benefits for our health, economy, and society. They can help us to:
- Produce more nutritious and diverse food, that can prevent and reverse chronic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
- Increase farm productivity and profitability, by reducing input costs, enhancing soil quality, and diversifying income sources.
- Mitigate and adapt to climate change, by sequestering carbon in the soil, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing resilience to extreme weather events.
- Protect and enhance biodiversity, by creating habitats for pollinators, predators, and other beneficial organisms, and reducing the risk of invasive species and diseases.
- Strengthen and revitalize rural communities, by creating jobs, improving livelihoods, and enhancing social capital and cooperation.
How can we support regenerative agriculture and agroecology and join the global movement of regeneration?
There are many ways we can support regenerative agriculture and agroecology and join the global movement of regeneration. Here are some of them:
- As consumers, we can choose to buy organic and regenerative food and products, and avoid those that are degenerative and harmful. We can also educate ourselves and others about the benefits of regenerative agriculture and agroecology, and share our stories and experiences with our friends and family.
- As farmers/Permies, we can adopt regenerative and organic practices and methods, and join networks and organizations that support and promote them. We can also collaborate and exchange knowledge and skills with other farmers and practitioners, and participate in research and innovation projects.
- As activists, we can advocate and campaign for regenerative and organic policies and regulations, and challenge and resist those that are degenerative and destructive. We can also raise awareness and mobilize public opinion and action, and organize and participate in events and movements.
- As citizens, we can vote and support political candidates and parties that support and promote regenerative and organic agriculture and agroecology, and hold them accountable for their actions and promises.
- We can also engage in petitions, letters, and participate in democratic processes and institutions, and demand transparency and accountability from our governments and corporations.
Regenerative agriculture and agroecology are the solution to the multiple crises we face today. They can help us to create a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable world for ourselves and future generations. They can help us to heal our planet and ourselves.
If you want to learn more about regenerative agriculture and agroecology and how you can support them and join the global movement of regeneration,
please check out the following resources and links:
- Regeneration International, a global network of farmers, consumers, activists, scientists, and policymakers who are committed to promoting and advancing regenerative agriculture and agroecology.
- Farmers Footprint, a community of farmers, educators, doctors, scientists, and business leaders aiming to expose the human and environmental impacts of chemical farming and offer a path forward through regenerative agricultural practices.
- Kiss the Ground, a nonprofit organization that educates and advocates about the connection between soil, human, and planetary health, and supports farmers and ranchers in transitioning to regenerative agriculture.
- Ecovillage.org, a global network of people and communities that are striving to live in harmony with nature and each other, and are practicing and promoting regenerative and sustainable ways of living.
- Regenerators, a community of change-makers who are learning and applying regenerative principles and practices to their personal and professional lives, and are co-creating a regenerative culture and society.
- Charles Eisenstein, a public speaker and writer who explores themes of human culture and identity, and advocates for a transition from the old story of separation to the new story of interbeing.
- Naas Community, a community of conscious and creative people who are co-creating a regenerative and holistic lifestyle in the countryside of Colombia, and are hosting events and workshops on topics such as permaculture, yoga, meditation, and art.
- Farmers Footprint Community, a community of farmers, consumers, and supporters who are committed to regenerating our soils, our food, and our health, and are sharing stories, resources, and opportunities to connect and collaborate.
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