Without Farmers at the Center, Regenerative Agriculture Will Be a Slogan Not a Solution
We know that food and agriculture systems and climate change are interlinked. Food systems make up about 30 percent of global greenhouse gases, and climate change is rapidly impacting what, how, and where crops can be grown and the people who farm. Regenerative agriculture can both mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and help farmers adapt to climate change, while more broadly benefitting the health of people and planet.
Regenerative agriculture is practiced in multiple forms and scales—from young Kenyan entrepreneurs who produce frass, an organic, insect-based alternative to chemical fertilizers to farmers in Haiti, who intercrop cotton, peanuts and okra and digitally verify the regenerative status of their crops. As with the farmer-led Regenerative Rubber Alliance in Thailand, their leadership is essential for the creation of regenerative food systems and for establishing the standards to define a regenerative-branded product. Without a strong and accepted framework for regenerative agriculture, it risks becoming a tag-line rather than a solution for the health of people and planet.