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A New Model Of Agriculture for Sustainable Food Abundance

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It’s time for a new model of agriculture. Here’s how we can build a more sustainable food system…

We all know that agriculture is necessary for providing our world with food; however, unfortunately, our current industrial agriculture model is highly unsustainable, and is creating problems in our environment that may ultimately lead to our demise as a species if we don’t take steps to fix them promptly and build a more sustainable model of agriculture.

The good news is, this is entirely possible! A number of forward-thinking companies and individuals have been designing a new model of agriculture that takes both environmental and human health into account. In fact, when properly done, agriculture can actually improve the health of the planet!

“What the world’s growing population chooses to eat, and how we produce, process and distribute that food, will be the single biggest driver of the health of the planet and of its people,” asserts Debra Dunn, Stanford University Consulting Associate Professor. Dunn moderated the recent Skoll World Forum on social entrepreneurship.

The Forum explored the vital role 500 million smallholder farmers could play in feeding 25 percent more people — and do it with radically less environmental damage…

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…In Soil Carbon Cowboys, a trio of ranchers unafraid to innovate learns how to regenerate the soil, improving the health of their animals and their operations in the bargain. The short video demonstrates what restorative agriculture looks like: treating the land and the livestock with love.With their pastures failing, the ranchers were forced to take a hard look at the soil and unearth another way: mimicking herd migration by creating paddocks and rotating cattle among them, giving the grass essential recovery time from repeated grazing. Additionally, the ranchers created diverse habitats in their paddocks, and these nutritious polycultures brought the pollinators back.

Once they were working in harmony with nature, the ranchers discovered that they no longer needed fertilizers or pesticides: building carbon-rich soil nourished the livestock; saved time, money and resources, and created sustainable agriculture for many seasons to come…

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Like committed action for climate change, regenerative agriculture begins with a fundamental shift in mindset: seeing the soil as ally rather than adversary. From there, anything is possible.

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