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The benefits of regenerative agriculture

In this step, we explore the benefits of regenerative agriculture.
Regenerative agriculture can be the solution to the social, economic and environmental issues that farmers face.

In this step, we’ll discuss these benefits.

Environmental benefits

Regenerative land management increases soil fertility, maximises crop yields, makes food more nutritious, supports the absorption of CO2 and recovers biodiversity.

All this makes for more resilient crops, as greater agrobiodiversity and healthier soils also increase resilience to disease, pests and weather instability.

In addition, regenerative agriculture protects soils from salination (which often occurs from over-irrigation) and reduces run-off, erosion and water pollution. Additionally, natural pest management uses local predators rather than chemicals, protecting soil and water quality while providing a safe haven for beneficial pollinators.

Social benefits

From a social perspective, regenerative agriculture supports local farming communities and stops land abandonment in a variety of ways.

Intercropping, a common technique in regenerative agriculture, means a more labour-intensive harvest – which often provides jobs to the local community and discourages urban migration.

Economic benefits

From a commercial perspective, a higher price can be set for regeneratively farmed crops, enabling farmers to achieve a better income.

This is partly because regeneratively farmed food can be healthier, better quality and more nutrient-dense than conventional alternatives.

Your task:

We’d like you to reflect on the above and share with us other benefits that come to your mind.

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