Regenerative Agriculture is a system of farming principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystem services.
Regenerative Agriculture aims to capture carbon in soil and aboveground biomass, reversing current global trends of atmospheric accumulation.
At the same time, it offers increased yields, resilience to climate instability, and higher health and vitality for farming and ranching communities.
The system draws from decades of scientific and applied research by the global communities of organic farming, agroecology, Holistic Management, and agroforestry.
Regenerative Agriculture Principles
Regenerative Agriculture Practices are guided by 4 Principles, which are uniquely applied to each specific climate and bioregion.
PROGRESSIVELY IMPROVE WHOLE AGROECOSYSTEMS (SOIL, WATER AND BIODIVERSITY)
CREATE CONTEXT-SPECIFIC DESIGNS AND MAKE HOLISTIC DECISIONS THAT EXPRESS THE ESSENCE OF EACH FARM
ENSURE AND DEVELOP JUST AND RECIPROCAL RELATIONSHIPS AMONGST ALL STAKEHOLDERS
CONTINUALLY GROW AND EVOLVE INDIVIDUALS, FARMS, AND COMMUNITIES TO EXPRESS THEIR INNATE POTENTIAL
From the four Principles emerge a diversity of Practices, which have been most extensively defined and studied for the first Principle.
This definition presents these most-explored Regenerative Agriculture Practices, leaving space to articulate Practices for the other Principles in the future.
The Regenerative Agriculture Practices that can progressively improve whole agroecosystems are:
NO-TILL FARMING & PASTURE CROPPING
ORGANIC ANNUAL CROPPING
COMPOST & COMPOST TEA
BIOCHAR & TERRA PRETA
HOLISTICALLY MANAGED GRAZING
This definition is a starting point....
Any definition of Regenerative Agriculture must evolve over time,
like the whole living systems that we aim to regenerate.
We welcome a global conversation
to continue developing and improving it
so we can effectively reverse climate change
and regenerate the planet.
We built this website as a repository for thought
and constructive conversation on the topic of Regenerative Agriculture.
If you want to change, improve, or evolve the definition proposed here,
please do so below!
Should there be a Regenerative Agriculture Certification?
There are many challenges inherent in standards systems, but we are seeking collaborators to explore the potential.
We think we can combine soil carbon indicators
with the good work of existing Organic & Fair Trade certifiers,
minimizing work for farmers and maximizing collaboration.
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Regenerative Agriculture Certification