A) Increases biomass & biodiversity
B) Increases soil carbon
C) Produces food, fiber, and/or fuel
D) Increases or maintains local water resources
(E) Is profitable–To the extent that this definition is for corporations seeking certification, I would eliminate E.)
Regenerative Agriculture includes systems of farming that reverse the loss of biodiversity, enrich soils, store carbon, restore watershed health, and increase ecosystem services, while eliminating the release of toxins and pollutants. Regenerative Agriculture increases yield efficiency, resilience to climate fluctuation, and strengthens health and vitality of all the members of our communities, now and for generations to come. These systems draw from decades of scientific and applied research by many global communities, including those working on organic farming, agroecology, Holistic Management, ecological restoration, and agroforestry.
Regenerative Agriculture is any practice, process or management technique which serves to enhance the functioning of the core ecosystem cycles of energy, water or mineral by enhancing biological function. In other words, anything that makes the land healthier year after year.
–Regenerative Agriculture Foundation
Regenerative organic agriculture improves the resources it uses, rather than destroying or depleting them. It is a holistic systems approach to agriculture that encourages continual on-farm innovation for environmental, social, economic and spiritual well being.