Regenerative farming, as explained by Green America, is a “holistic land-management practice that uses the power of photosynthesis in plants to sequester carbon in the soil while improving soil health, crop yields, water resilience, and nutrient density.”
Founded by organic pioneer, J.I. Rodale in 1947, Rodale studied the link between healthy soil, healthy food, and healthy people. He developed the concept of regenerative agriculture, theorizing that to preserve and improve our health we must restore and protect the natural health of the soil. Unnatural practices can kill the soil’s vitality, whereas regenerative farming embraces organic agriculture while developing sustainable farming systems that create the highest quality, nutritious food, as well as draw atmospheric carbon dioxide to help reverse the negative impacts of climate change.
It’s also important to note that “organic” farming is not the same as “regenerative” farming. All forms of agriculture, including organic, can become more regenerative. Beginners regenerative practices include using cover crops, reducing tilling, rotating crops, spreading compost, and moving away from synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and factory farming.