The fight against climate change is twofold: we need to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we pump into the atmosphere and reclaim some of our existing emissions in order to avoid some of the more disastrous predictions made by the scientific community. Regenerative agriculture can help us do both.
Rather than eroding land like conventional farming does on a large scale, regenerative agriculture and ranching invigorate the soil with the material that makes it so great: tiny microorganisms that aid plant growth while cleaning the environment. There are more organisms in a handful of earth than people who have ever lived, and all of them help sequester carbon from the atmosphere and trap it in the soil.
A new report from the Rodale Institute, a nonprofit research in the field of organic farming, suggests that all of our grassland or arable land – basically any land that can be farmed or cultivated – is managed with soil health in mind, and all yearly CO2 could bind human emissions and more. (On the other hand, previous research has shown that if we do not make this transition, most of the world's topsoil will be depleted within the next 60 years.)
Rodale hopes this bold statement will be enough to accelerate the transition to regenerative agriculture, which the newspaper said "didn't happen fast enough". Although large companies like General Mills, Danone, Kellogg & # 39; s and Nestlé have made regenerative commitments in recent years, the report states that further progress needs to be made, and quickly. The future of agriculture – and thus also of food – depends on it.