Solving acute climate crisis requires extensive steps. There are a variety of steps to tackle it. One of the most important ones is regenerative agriculture. It helps us to pave a sustainable environment for the future generations as well.
Regenerative Agriculture : Its Meaning
Regenerative agriculture describes certain farming practices that among other benefits; reverses climate change by re- constructing soil organic matter. Furthermore it is also helpful in restoring degraded soil biodiversity; thereby improving water cycle and sustainability. It is a new concept but it also consists of traditional practices.
Principle of regenerative agriculture:
It is based on a variety of agricultural practices with specific emphasis on the practice of ( traditional) composting and minimized soil disturbances. Optimizing resources, reversal of threat to climate change and improving soil health and water qualities are some of the pressing principles of regenerative agriculture.
Working Of Regenerative Agriculture
The key feature in the working of regenerative agriculture is that, it not only “does no harm” to the land but also helps in improving its quality. It uses technologies that revitalize the soil and the environmental around us as a whole.
Regenerative agriculture leads to a comparatively healthy soil. It is capable in producing , a high quality soil that is dense in providing nutrient rich food. Moreover it improves the land rather than degrading it.
Why should regenerative agriculture be employed?
The loss of fertile soil and biodiversity from the environment pose a serious threat to our survival in future. At current rates of soil destruction, desertification and erosion, within the coming 50 years we will not only suffer overall damage to health of our species but we would not have arable topsoil to feed and supply food to ourselves as well as the entire community.
So; regenerative agriculture is one of the ways to reverse serious climate threats as well as ensure the survival of the human species.
Beneficial Effects of regenerative agriculture:
1. It will help in feeding the world as well as maintain adequate quantity for the future.
2. Regenerative agriculture can help in decreasing global green house gas emission.
3. It is helpful in reversing climate change and improving yield as a whole .
4. This kind of agricultural practice is helpful in creating drought resistant soil.
5. It will help in restoring grasslands, nurturing biodiversity, and improving the nutritional needs globally.
Some of the regenerative agricultural practices
Rotational Grazing, mixed crop rotation, no- till farming, application of compost and manure application are some of the regenerative agricultural practices. They are helpful in maintaining a healthy soil.
It is understandable that adopting such new agricultural practices cannot be entirely as simple as said. Moreover; understanding it can also be tough. But gradually such practices have to be brought into use ; if we want a healthy environment for us as well as for the future generation. A little effort by people as well as the government can help in bringing about enormous change for the community .