What is regenerative agriculture?
Regenerative Agriculture is a system of farming principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystem services.
It aims to capture carbon in soil and aboveground biomass, reversing current global trends of atmospheric accumulation.
At the same time, it offers increased yields, resilience to climate instability, and higher health and vitality for farming and ranching communities.
These principles and practices aren’t new, of course. Before the industrialisation of the food system, it’s how everyone used to farm.
However, regenerative agriculture’s use in today’s context—as a way to produce healthy food while also addressing the environmental crisis—draws from decades of scientific and applied research by the global communities of organic farming, agroecology, Holistic Management, and agroforestry.
In 2018, Amazon ranked regenerative agriculture as the next largest food trend in the States and the world.
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Our stance on regenerative agriculture and agriculture at large
At WOA, we respect every farmer—regenerative, organic, or not.
Farmers have to navigate a plethora of hurdles and often, for reasons beyond farmers’ control, transitioning to regenerative practices is not possible. We get that.
In turn, when we talk about the current food system contributing to the environmental crisis, we’re not talking about farmers.
We are talking about the larger systems in which farmers have to operate.
So WOA exists not to vilify, critique or alienate. We are here to help build on what we have and create a better future for people and the planet.
And we want to bring as many people as possible on that journey.
Our ways are not always going to be perfect—because nothing is. But, they are backed by the global authorities on sustainable agriculture and food systems.
For us, advocating the benefits of regenerative agriculture and supporting regenerative farmers is our way of creating positive change.