"Regenerative agriculture is a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming systems. It focuses on topsoil regeneration, increasing biodiversity, improving the water cycle, enhancing ecosystem services, supporting biosequestration, increasing resilience to climate change, and strengthening the health and vitality of farm soil." wiki/Regenerative_agriculture
While words like "sustainable" and "organic" make us feel better about our buying choices the deeper understanding of what those terms really mean and how they are being utilized is a factor to consider.
The sustainable model gives back as much as it takes and it is a closed loop cycle where everything has a function. It is constantly changing and we are not separate from it. Up until now we have operated from a place of disconnect in understanding earth cycles. With the use of pesticides and herbicides to fight disease and grow our crops there is an increase in agricultural run off of these toxic chemicals into our watersheds and oceans. Through modernity, mass consumption, toxic wastes, fossil fuels, food choices, purchasing habits, and chemical medicine, we are participating daily with the imbalance. The good news is there are solutions to these problems and there are now more farmers and people dedicated to the ideas that regenerative agriculture offers in getting us back on track to a healthy, prosperous, and balanced planet.
How do essential oils fit in to this equation? Plants that yield essential oils play an important role in the regenerative agriculture model. Aromatic plants can help diversify crops while at the same time ward off pests, attract pollinators, build healthier soil and create economic prosperity for farmers as a secondary source of income through the supply chain of essential oils. This in turn values the culture and the equity of people who are actually doing the labor, simultaneously maintaining healthy practices.
Here is an excerpt from an article written on SOCAP
"In response to this threat of severe land degradation from goat farming, Grounded and its partners have helped incorporate essential oils as an alternate source of income for the farmers in the region. By transitioning farmers to lavender and rosemary, which require little water and less space than goats, Grounded is actively helping to increase the soil quality and vegetation cover in the region. The Baviaanskloof Development Company now processes and markets these essential oils, increasing farmer incomes, generating at least 15-20 additional jobs, and promoting the restoration of thousands of hectares of degraded land."
What can you do to contribute to this movement?
- Educate yourself - Here are a few places to start.
- Books - Drawdown, Kiss the Ground, Braiding Sweetgrass, Lab Girl, The Hidden Life of Trees
- How Regenerative Agriculture Works in 60 seconds
- How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change - Allan Savory
- The Orangutan / Palm oil
- Regenerative Agriculture Videos (resource of videos)
- Make informed buying choices.
- Stack your functions.
- See the results of what is working and not working at this point in your life and the life of the planet.
Love the Earth,