Defining and Scaling Regenerative Agriculture
New Food OrderMarch 07, 2023x
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Defining and Scaling Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative agriculture has become a buzzword in the food world, but there is actually no formal definition of it.

Broadly it means a set of practices that aim to improve land while cultivating crops and livestock, instead of depleting it like industrial practices often do. But it means so much more than that to many and is wider-ranging than its potential to sequester carbon from the atmosphere.

In this episode, we explore philosophies of regeneration and ask our guests how they define regenerative agriculture, how we can make sure regenerative farms are actually doing what we need them to, and how do we support farmers while they make the transition?

In today’s roundtable, we sit down with Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, founder of the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance; Dan Kittredge, founder of the Bionutrient Food Association, Elizabeth Whitlow, executive director at the Regenerative Organic Alliance; Koen van Seijen, Toniic manager and host of the Investing in Regenerative Agriculture podcast; and Daniela Ibarra-Howell, CEO of Savory Institute.

We discuss:

  • Philosophies of regeneration and what is regenerative agriculture 
  • How regenerative ag might help address global challenges like climate change and supply chain issues related to war and covid
  • What might a new regenerative agriculture system look like
  • What might we learn from indigenous agricultural practices
  • How corporations can work with farmers to create a more regenerative system 
  • How might we fund the transition to regenerative agriculture
  • Do we need regenerative agriculture certification?

Show Notes

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Thank you to Foodshot Global & New Hope Network for sponsoring the series.

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Production: Cam Gray, Cofruition

Audio Editing: Tevin Sudi

Original Music: Rodrigo Barbera 

Art: Lola Nankin

Project Management: Patrick Carter