Contemporary standard land use and industrial farming practices, such as the use of heavy machinery, fertilizers, and pesticides for growing most of our food, fiber and fuel is affecting our planet’s ecosystem and crops, generally through loss of topsoil, loss of biodiversity, desertification, habitat destruction, and air and water pollution. It is harming the fertility and the richness for production of soil in cultivated lands.
Most of the farmlands have much lower organic soil matter levels than before, due to degenerative land management practices. The statistics are indicating that within 50 years there may not be enough soil left to grow food to feed the world.
Contrary to degenerative agriculture, regenerative agriculture contributes to the improvement of the ecosystem with its applications. Regenerative agriculture consists of holistic agricultural practices that aim to improve soil health by contributing to biodiversity, increasing the efficiency of the water cycle and the amount of organic matter in the soil structure, and improving air quality by providing carbon flow from the atmosphere to the soil. In the presence of regenerative agriculture practices, aside from reducing the negative effects compared to standard land use and industrial agriculture practices, it is possible to increase soil fertility and to contribute to the resolution of the climate crisis.
Regenevate is a program created by USB Certification for the evaluation of regenerative farming practices.