From the Ground Up: Regenerative Agriculture Revives Farmland While Curbing Climate Change

Now is the time to save the world’s farming systems – and it all starts with the soil
Jul 14, 2020 9:00 AM ET
In recent years, the agriculture sector has been seeking more sustainable roots. But there’s a problem with sustainability – current practices including constant tillage and over-fertilizing simply aren’t working. Sustaining a broken system doesn’t address massive-scale issues like climate change, suffering rural communities and a growing number of mouths to feed around the globe.
Now, farmers, suppliers and food brands are working together to turn over a new leaf — they’re looking to regeneration instead of just sustainability. The nomenclature is important. While sustainability focuses on maintaining natural resources by improving efficiencies and reducing harmful effects of current processes, regeneration fundamentally rethinks the whole system.
“We need transformative change, and that’s part of the reason why we need to talk about our goals differently,” says Steve Rosenzweig, PhD, a soil scientist at General Mills. “It’s not enough to sustain the current degraded state of our ecosystems; we really need to build resilience back into them.”