Regenerative Agriculture

Picture a world where every bite of food not only nourishes the body but also revitalizes the Earth. Regenerative agriculture makes this vision a reality by enhancing the nutrient content of our food, enriching the soil, sequestering carbon, and fostering vibrant ecosystems that will sustain life for generations to come. Regenerative agriculture is a beacon of hope for our planet and a catalyst for healthier, happier lives.

What sets regenerative agriculture apart is its holistic approach to farming and food production. Instead of depleting the land, regenerative practices work hand in hand with nature, replenishing the soil, restoring biodiversity, and drawing down carbon from the atmosphere. We can even restore the natural water cycle when we learn to raise animals and grow our fruits and vegetables using regenerative techniques.

Regenerative practices include managed grazing of livestock. Animals are moved in appropriate sized herds to mimic how herds of buffalo, elk and antelope move across the grasslands. They eat, trample, poop, and move on. In managed grazing, the animals don’t return until the vegetation has regrown sufficiently. The biology of the soil is improved. The ability of rain to soak into the ground increases. A tremendous amount of carbon is stored in the root structures and biodiversity of healthy grasslands. Waterways return, and often ranchers don’t need to cull the herd in times of drought.

By rebuilding topsoil, regreening deserts and restoring the water cycle, regenerative agriculture helps mitigate climate change while promoting resilience in the face of environmental challenges.

Can regenerative agriculture really make a difference?

  • Joe Salatin found a seasonal creek return to his property when he started ‘mob grazing’.
  • In Africa, they find that wildlife is able to return, with sufficient food for herds and all animals in the food chain.
  • Regina in Africa found her corn growing higher and producing more corn after gathering goats on her plot of land for a week.

We can drawdown carbon with smart agricultural practices. Most modern agriculture has been doing the opposite: adding only N, P and K (nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium) without trace minerals, and killing the biodiversity of the soil.

When we revitalize the soil, we are able to unlock nutrients that are an importnat part of life on earth. At least 72 minerals are in sea water, and are part of our body chemistry. Shouoldn’t we be getting them from our food if we want to stay healthy, vibrant and strong?

An opportunity for our youth

As farmers are aging, they are asking their children to come back and run the farm. Their children are doing it, but they are choosing to do it in a different way. They are choosing to farm more holistically. They are choosing regenerative farming and holistic herd management techniques because they recognize that they can be part of the solution, while making a living. You can watch some of their stories in the documentary film, To Which We Belong.

If you are a young person, wondering what you could do when you grow up, you might connect with the farmers and landholders in your area. Would they let you farm or graze their land? You can offer an alternative to poisoning the soil and groundwater, while creating healthy, nutrient dense food that can help our peole thrive..

At Natural Living Solutions, we are passionate about spreading the word about the profound impact of regenerative agriculture. JYou can help by voting with your dollars. Buy regeneratiiiiively raised produce and meat. Together we can the transformation the world —one nutrient-rich harvest at a time.

Together, let’s cultivate a greener, healthier future for all.