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Many Wins: Our Health, Climate, Environment

The regenerative food system, where soil health is the central focus, is a holistic solution that yields many benefits.

Plants sequester carbon through photosynthesis.

From Climate Change Culprit to Hero

Regenerative farming systems can help turn current agricultural land from greenhouse gases emitter to sequester. Through photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon from the atmosphere. To store carbon in the soil, plants recruit the help of active microbes that exist in abundance only in healthy soil to decompose their residues and root exudates. This process turns organic compounds into nutrients for plants and carbon for soil [1].

Fruits grown in healthy soil are more nutrients-dense.

Healthier You

Our body needs more than N, P, K from those fertilizers. There are many more micro-nutrients we need from the food we consume. Where do those nutrients come from? Plants, like us, need many essential elements to build nutrient-rich tissues that other animals and we eat. Most of these elements, which will eventually be passed down to us, are obtained from healthy soil [2,3,4]--the main product of regenerative agriculture.

A farmer walks with his son back to the farm.

Food for Generations To Come

We have seen firsthand how various implementations of regenerative principles restore degraded farmlands and bring back soil fertility. Increasing soil health also creates farm resilience to extreme weather events such as drought and flood [5], which become more common due to climate change.

1. A. Ontl, Todd, and Lisa A. Schulte. “Soil Carbon Storage.” Nature, Nature Publishing Group, 2012, www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/soil-carbon-storage-84223790/. 2. FAO, UN. “Soil: An Essential Ingredient to Healthy Food and Nutrition.” YouTube, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 16 Nov. 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?v=2olJ5zR4IGQ. 3. Arbuckle, Holly. “Soil, Food and the Elephant in the Room.” Soil Health Academy, Soil Health Academy, 22 Sept. 2020, soilhealthacademy.org/blog/soil-food-and-the-elephant-in-the-room/. 4. Institute, Rodale. “3 Studies That Show Healthy Soil = Healthy People.” Rodale Institute, Rodale Institute, 15 May 2020, rodaleinstitute.org/blog/3-studies-that-show-healthy-soil-healthy-people/. 5. FAO, UN. “Healthy Soils Are the Basis for Healthy Food Production.” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2015, www.fao.org/soils-2015/news/news-detail/en/c/277682/.