Regenerative agriculture is an important topic in the conversation about the future of our food supply in a world where the that supply gets more and more disrupted.
And it is hot, because it is a much cleaner and healthier way of growing our food than the industrial agriculture we now rely on. We need it, to drastically decrease the enormous ecological footprint of modern agriculture.

I see it as a holistic approach to agriculture, aimed at continually improving the conditions on a farm, based on ecological / organic principles.
By the way, indigenous peoples shrug their shoulders and say: what's new, we've been doing this for centuries... 😉

A definition from Wikipedia:
“ Regenerative agriculture is a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming systems. It focuses on topsoil regeneration, increasing biodiversity, improving the water cycle, enhancing ecosystem services, supporting biosequestration, increasing resilience to climate change, and strengthening the health and vitality of farm soil. “

After watching many videos and reading a lot about it, I got very excited about it. So excited, in fact, that one of the main reasons for moving last year was to start a food forest, using the principles of Regenerative Agriculture as much as possible.


But while doing and reading, some questions came to my mind.

Agriculture from before the green revolution, had a lower yield per acre than modern, intensive industrial agriculture. That’s why we industrialised it in the first place… What's that like for Regenerative Agriculture? Unfortunately, I have not been able to find any comparison material. Is it perhaps still too young, and applied on too small a scale, to say anything meaningful about it?

Regenerative agriculture should ideally in the long term be able to provide the following:
- meet the current demand for food, both what we eat directly and to feed the animals that many of us eat
- plus what we need to feed the hungry
- and what we need to feed the growing population
- plus what we need in biomass for the exploding demand for bio-electricity and bio-fuel. And that while Regenerative Agriculture itself is very hungry for compost and mulch, and doesn’t produce enough itself to meet its own needs... So will they become competitors of each other? Or will bio- el and fuel production continue to directly and indirectly gobble up entire forests?
- plus the space, literally and figuratively, that everything living on earth needs to recover and become healthy again.

Is this a realistic prospect for the future?
Can it be done within the area we now use for agriculture?
If not, how do we compensate for the damage we do by sacrificing even more nature? And where will we find the necessary land to meet up demand?

Difficult questions, difficult choices…

Note (2024-03-28): also read my post on Regeneration

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Autumn Grass (1) - Abstract realistic fine art nature photography by Jacob Berghoef

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