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“Regenerative Agriculture” describes farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle.
Representatives from over 100 countries, including virtually all areas of food production, manufacturing, retailing and soil science have, for the first time, come together on a unified definition for the quickly emerging “Regenerative” approach to growing food that has been shown to provide multiple benefits to food security, health, and climate change.
The environmental impacts of our clothing choices are shocking, as studies assessing toxic effects of various fabric treatments (such as dyes, flame retardants and stain-resistant chemicals) to laundry detergents and the fabric fibers themselves need serious attention.
Shepherd’s Grain producers are “in it for the long-term,” Fleming says. By stewarding their land in a way that will keep it robust into the future, they are helping answer the all-important question, as Fleming puts it: “How are we going to have healthy food to feed our nation?”
The effects of climate change on agriculture extend far beyond the global food supply.
In a move that could have global implications, China, which has the largest farming sector in the world, has signaled it will be shifting its focus toward more sustainable agricultural methods, which includes practices like promoting organic production, building biogas digesters and reducing water usage.
Visionary Austrian mountain man Sigfried Ellmauer has been busy building a better world for the past 15 years or so. Wiry and intense, he welcomes us to Berghof Thurnergut, his mountain farm and lodge near Spital am Pyhrn, in the limestone Alps near the geographical center of Austria. Just as the Alps sustained stone age migrants like the famed Ötzi iceman, Ellmauer says, the region could become a future oasis from global warming.
In addition to changes in the amounts and location of food production, research shows that when certain foods are grown at high levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, they lose some of their nutritional value.
The potential to sequester carbon in grasslands could be a huge advantage for Saskatchewan producers looking to offset emissions.
Farmers have always been life givers, as they work to feed the millions in this planet. The service they provide of growing food for all of us is invaluable. The humble age old practice of farming has now taken on a role, that is making climate activists and scientists smile.