Agriculture is one of the most important industries of modern civilization. The agricultural chain, from seed to soil to shelf, provides food and raw materials like wood and wool to society. Through this, it forms part of a huge job sector for local communities.
With such an important role in society, however, comes a massive responsibility to build and work sustainably. According to Environmental Reports, agricultural land use accounts for around 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions. In order to sustain industries like farming, fishing and forestry, regenerative agriculture needs to be at the heart of our planning and policies.
Renewable farming isn’t just a buzzword, it’s a commitment. A commitment to responsible agriculture that helps the land while continuing to feed society. Let’s take a quick look at some of the benefits of regenerative agriculture.
Healthier Agricultural Ecosystem
Renewable agriculture has two primary goals. The first of these deals directly with the immediate environment. Rather than just focusing on reducing emissions through more energy-efficient equipment (like replacing wasteful pivot watering systems with drip irrigation systems), renewable farming looks to cultivate a set of practices that heal the environment being farmed on.
This can be done through carefully selecting fertilizers that don’t destroy the microbiology that thrives under crops or in rivers. It also helps to use resource-efficient equipment,such as using drip irrigation sytems and investing well in soil health.
Combat Climate Change
The second primary goal of regenerative agriculture deals with the environment on a global level. Agriculture’s contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions comes down to a system of policies. These policies have, for better or worse, become standard in agricultural industries across the globe.
Co-operation between sectors is needed to take on the environmentally-minded policies of renewable farming. Following that, they need to replicate them on a scale large enough to make an impact on global warming. It starts with farms and businesses doing their individual part. They need to stay involved in local and state policies around emission regulations and access to resources for renewable farming.
Farming for Sustainability
The key words here are regenerative and renewable. They have some distinctions but they both point to why these practices are important – sustainability. Unfortunately, current agricultural practices like deforestation and single-use grazing lands lead to immense wastage and destruction of natural resources.
By putting the focus back on healing the land farmers toil over, we create an ecosystem that can sustain itself for longer. This gives agricultural industries a better chance to function healthily without depleting the most important resources available.
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