What does Regenerative agriculture mean? This is described as the kind of grazing and farming processes that are centered on regenerating the top soil, letting the farmers maintain their crop yields improving the retention of water and plant uptake, increasing farm profits and supporting biosequestration, among other varied benefits.
The regenerative agriculture backbone is focused on strengthening the vitality and health of the soil uses for farming processes. The goal is that this form of agriculture does not bring harm to the soil or land, but is geared towards improving it by applying new technologies in building the health of the soil such as recycling of waste, limited to zero tilage, compost among other similar procedures.
How it Works
The goal of Regenerative agriculture is not just not harming the land but actually improving it by use of technologies that make the environment and soil revitalized and regenerated. It leads to a healthy soil that can produce top quality and nutrient full foods and at the same time improving instead of degrading the land and eventually making farms more productive and ultimately making economies and communities healthy.
These are dynamic as well as holistic processes that apply the organic and permaculture farming processes, with the inclusion of compositing, pasture cropping, conservation tillage, crop rotation, mobile animal shelters, cover crops, and compositing all geared towards increasing the production of food, income to farmers and most particularly making the top soil fertile.
Advantages of Regenerative Farming
Plants, during photosynthesis, usually absorb carbon dioxide and converts it to carbohydrates, that is later used in growing roots, leaves and stems. Any carbon dioxide that is in excess is sequestered in the nearby soil and feeds fungi and microbes, offering sufficient nutrients to the plants. The organic soil carbon is the major component of soil matter and it gives the soil it’s structure.
The aforementioned carbon is normally stored inside soil for thousands of years and is released fast to the atmosphere using the modern day farming procedures like tillage and plowing; this is a way of agitating soil mechanically. This will ultimately lead to compacted and bare soil that creates a very hostile surrounding for microbes in the soil. No or low tillage processes will reduce the disruption to soil and cause yj soil’s organic matter to increase in levels, meaning that the soil will be one more resilient and healthier.
The health of soil can also be improved through plant diversity. Varied plants will release differing carbohydrates to soil through its roots. The microbes that feed on them will then release helpful nutrients to the soil and plants. The greater the diversity, the richer and nutrient full the soil will be and eventually the better the yields of the crops grown.
Diversity is part and parcel of cover crops and crop rotation. If similar crops are grown in one field over and over, there are nutrients that will be depleted severely and completely, while others will start building up – rotation of crops hinders this and aids in replenishing soil nutrient