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Understanding Regenerative Agriculture - What to Know

August 11, Aug

Regenerative agriculture, together with other sparing agricultural practices like soil conversation and organic farming, is essential now more than ever. Soil degradation is happening everywhere, and it leads to food scarcity in the long run by reducing suitable areas for planting. 

Regenerative farming is beneficial to the soil as it revitalizes it and helps keep its fertility for future generations. The techniques used for this approach in agriculture aim to mitigate negative consequences of previous unhealthy practices like soil erosion, pest invasion, decarbonization, depletion, and chemical contamination.

In this post, you’ll learn more about regenerative agriculture – its principles and, more importantly, the practices that everyone should follow:

What is Regenerative Agriculture?

As you can tell from the name, regenerative agriculture is a farming concept that is applied to rehabilitate soil so that it will remain productive for as long as possible. This will also allow crops to grow and support human needs as well as provide cattle with forage. The more pasturelands there are, the more food animals can have, too.

Aside from the maintenance of fertility in presently cultivated lands, regenerative agriculture also focuses on making use of abandoned territories for other purposes apart from farming activities like reforestation, fortification of buffer zones, restoration of peatlands, and ecological aquaculture, among others.

Principles of Regenerative Agriculture

The focus of regenerative agriculture is on environmental sustainability as well as human health. What that means is that every regenerative farm should contribute to the protection and preservation of nature and not just growing salable crops.

There are five main principles that are derived from what Gabe Brown defined:

  • Elimination of chemical, mechanical, and physical field treatment and sticking to principles that are reflective of pre-industrial techniques.
  • Use of year-round cover crops so that there are no bare soils and erosion is mitigated. This method also provides forage for both poultry and cattle.
  • Biodiversity enhancement
  • Incorporation of livestock into the crop production
  • Perennial crop preservation

Common Regenerative Agriculture Practices

No-Till Farming and Pasture Cropping

No-till farming disturbs the soil as little as it is possible, thus reducing carbon dioxide emissions and preventing soil erosion. Pasture cropping is a big part of regenerative agriculture as it helps agriculturalists prevent bare soils.

Annual Organic Cropping

This practice promotes the use of non-chemical fertilizers and pesticides to reduce their adverse effects on nature and humans. This method may be more expensive and less profitable, but its benefits to other agro-related businesses are remarkable.

Use of Compost and Compost Tea

Compost can help restore the fertility of the soil, which is the primary goal of regenerative agriculture. Compost tea, a brewed liquid, also supplies microorganisms and other soluble nutrients necessary for plant growth.

Animal Integration

The combination of animal grazing and crop production promotes fertility and helps with weed and pest management by introducing biological enemies to bugs and other unwanted species. This can also be beneficial for livestock as this approach mimics natural wildlife conditions, which is better than indoor breeding.

Perennial Cropping

This method helps protect against wind and water erosion by ensuring that there are strong roots always keeping the ground in place. This also helps save farming costs as there’s no use for weed control treatments and tilling.

Conclusion

Farmers are encouraged to switch to regenerative farming to achieve a more sustainable future. However, the biggest challenge remains – regenerative agriculture is less profitable compared to more industrial methods.

As a company that is founded on the principles of raising livestock and animals ethically and practicing regenerative farming, Northern Raised offers you high-quality organic chicken and grass-fed beef. We can also provide helpful information so you’ll know more about the benefits of only consuming healthy and natural meats and regenerative farming. Contact us today to learn more!

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