What is regenerative agriculture?
Regenerative agriculture refers to farming practices that work with nature, rather than against it. Regenerative farming can help combat soil erosion and degradation, overreliance on chemicals, and the release of carbon into the atmosphere.
Instead of a conventional farming approach which involves a lot of heavy tilling and irrigation, monocropping, and overuse of synthetic fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides, regenerative farming takes a more holistic path.
Regenerative agriculture uses more traditional techniques towards farming and crop growing, such as:
- Crop rotation which allows the soil to regenerate and not be depleted of nutrients
- Organic fertilisers in the form of manure from livestock which also improve biodiversity
- Minimal or zero tillage which improves soil health by protecting the microorganisms within the soil
- Mulch and compost which is made from organic materials and other farm waste
- Cover crops which improve soil fertility and water retention
All of these techniques can save both time and money and result in better, more robust and nutrient-rich crops. We all know that aggressive overfarming can result in desertification of the soil, leaving it sterile and unlikely to support the growth of any crop.
Soil degradation can also lead to both droughts and flooding, as the soil is less able to retain water from rainfall. Floods can cause significant damage, and if the soil cannot naturally retain water, then expensive and labour-intensive irrigation is required.
Regenerative agriculture can protect the soil and help to retain more water and nutrients, meaning less intervention is required for growing crops. Regenerative farming also results in less carbon emissions, which can help you to hit CSR goals and climate change targets.
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