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Thank you to Benedikt Bösel (Gut&Bösel), Christina Chemnitz (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung e.V.) and Paul Wöbkenberg (Ecosia) for their insights and time.
A big thank you to Ackerpulco (IG: @ackerpulco_farm), Emanuel Finckenstein (IG: @__finck__) and Benedikt Bösel (IG: @benediktboesel) for offering us their images.
What is Regenerative Agriculture and can it be scaled?
Regenerative agriculture has no rules. Instead, there are general principles and practices of regenerative agriculture, all of which aim to disturb the soil as little as possible and keep it covered at all times.
Three main principles guide the regenerative approach to agriculture:
Don’t till or over-plough the soil, always have a diverse set of plants on your farm, instead of rows of monocultures and keep your soil covered all year round with plants, crops and trees.
The main goal is not to disturb the soil and to always have green cover on it. Only this way can we protect the soil from erosion, damaging floods and from becoming infertile.
Combined with reforestation, regenerative agriculture could even re-capture most of the CO2 emissions out of the air again. That is why at Ecosia we have launched a competition fund for farmers in Europe to support them in their switch to regenerative practices.
From agroforestry, silvopasture, permaculture or intercropping – the practices of regenerative agriculture are varied and which ones or which set of those you apply will depend on the climate, the quality of your soil and trial and errors on any particular farm.
Our main sources:
AFN, Agriculture Funder News: https://agfundernews.com/regenerative-agriculture-is-getting-more-mainstream-but-how-scalable-is-it.html
The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/jan/28/can-we-ditch-intensive-farming-and-still-feed-the-world
We also based some of our research on several articles by the UN FAO agency, World Bank and the World Resource Institute. Valuable knowledge was equally gathered from some of Ecosia’s tree-planting partners around the world.
Want to LEARN MORE? Here are some helpful resources:
WHAT IS REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE?
“Regenerative Agriculture / Regenerative Farming”, @DiscoverAgriculture:
“From the ground up”, The Guardian:
“Agriculture is broken, but we can fix it”, the Ecosia blog:
“From the Ground Up”, directed by Amy Browne:
THE BIGGER PICTURE
Project Drawdown for a broad, multidisciplinary overview of existing and potential solutions across industries that would help avert a climate disaster:
“What we need to do to feed the world”, World resources institute:
“So can we really feed the world? Yes – and here’s how”, Grist
WHAT YOU CAN DO
“Eat less. Get healthy. Feed the world.”, Grist
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Produced by Fátima González-Torres (IG: @fatilugonzalevic)
Editing & post-production by Sina Samavati (IG: @sinasamavati)
Motion graphics & animation by Sina Samavati
Writing by Fátima González-Torres
Cinematography by Shane Thomas McMillan (IG: @dokumentarian), Gut&Bösel, Ackerpulco and agency footage.
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