Regenerative agriculture

Regenerative Agriculture is very likely the future of farming. It’s all about getting carbon back into the soil and restoring the soil – making it more fertile, more resilient, and a way healthier place for plants to grow. 

Many of the resources are covered on the Soil Science page here, but here are a few extras. Including some good links to facebook groups, videos, articles and other sources of potential inspiration. 

Sustainability is no longer a catchall phrase we can use when it comes to the future of our food, our health, and our soil. We need to restore them all, and they are all interrelated. We need to regenerate our soils.

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Regenerative agriculture is an effective way to restore biodiversity and stabilize the climate, but what exactly is it? This video explores three different regenerative practices that have great potential both in food production and in healing the land.

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Resilience.org: How to save the world. Turning a big negative into a big positive.

CNN: How regenerative agriculture could help save the planet

Re.Think Earth: Turning desert to fertile farmland on the Loess plateau

Living Maxwell: Why we should ditch sustainable and embrace regenerative

Mercola: Film reveals how industrial agriculture destroys soil

National Interest: Carbon, the secret weapon to battle climate change?

Successful farming: How carbon heals the soil

Resilience: Downunder

The Nation: How carbon farming can help stock climate change in its tracks

The Guardian: If you want to save the world, veganism isn’t the answer

Stuff NZ: Soil is not a dirty word in the fight for carbon capture

Grist: The secret to richer, carbon-capturing soil? Treat your microbes well

Bloomberg: How to halt global warming for $300 billion

Civil Eats (with Gabe Brown): To prevent the next dust bowl, give soil a chance

WBUR: UN Report links soil degradation to climate change

Kashmir Observer: Why wetlands are essential for life on earth

Civil Eats: Is compost the secret to making ag climate friendly?

Forbes: Dead microbes lock away carbon – what this means for climate change

Borgen Magazine: Composting in developing countries is important

Nation of Change: One solution to climate change no one is talking about

Eco Farming Daily: Understanding soil carbon dynamics

California State University: Microbes, friend or foe?

Scientific American: Can soil microbes slow climate change

The New York Times: To combat climate change, start from the ground up (with dirt)

Food Tank: 15 organisations creating healthier soil to save the planet

New York Times: World’s oceans are losing oxygen rapidly


Watch

Vimeo: Farmer’s footprint. Regeneration, the beginning

Dr Mike Lehman: 15 trillion labourers

Center for Food Safety: Soil solutions to climate problems

IFOAM – Organics International: Let’s be honest about the state of our soils

Soil Food Web School: Building structure

Phil Gregory: The magic of soil

PHC Film: Soil is a living organism

University of California TV: Soil matters

Alan Savory: How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change

Vox: How humans disrupted a cycle essential to all life

Guardian: How soil offers hope for the climate crisis

NOFAMASS: Put carbon back where it belongs, in the soil

4 per 1000: Soils for food security and climate

TEDx Canberra: Charlie Massy. How regenerative farming can help heal the planet

FAO: Soil 101

Stemple Creek Ranch is a 1,000-acre regenerative farm located in the coastal hills of Northern California. In our latest “Trails of Regeneration” episode, we highlight some of the challenges of farming in a pandemic. 

More about microbes

Quantum magazine: Soil’s microbial market shows the ruthless side of forests

Future Directions: Living soils. The role of microorganisms in soil health

EM New Zealand: The contribution of actinomycetes

BBC Earth: Plants talk to each other using an internet of fungus

National Geographic: How trees secretly talk to each other in the forest

California Academy of Science: The living soil beneath our feet


Reports

IPPC: Land degradation

UC Davis: Compost key to sequestering carbon in the soil

NRDC: Microbes matter. What the biodiversity report means for soil

Phys Org: New paper points to soil pore structure as key to carbon storage


The carbon cycle / SOC

NASA Earth Observatory: The carbon cycle

Soil Quality Australia: Total organic carbon


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