Regenerative agriculture could save the earth
Regenerative agriculture is finally in the news. As our planet heats up, we could save the world by farming differently.**
Organic, diverse crops, managed sustainably, can sequester carbon dioxide in the soil instead of the atmosphere. This healthy soil can hold more water. Our small holder Palestinian farmers are practicing just this type of farming. See the photo above from the 2010 Canaan Fair Trade website.
Regenerative farming focuses on soil, not crops. Soil fertility is built by not tilling, by planting cover crops and by rotating crops in the fields. Livestock grazes in a natural pattern that improves the soil by frequent moving. Farmers get better yields with less cost. With fair trade, our Palestinian farmers gain economic security.
Beyond this, we are nourishing our farm families in Palestine. Ancient heirloom seed varieties have been banked and are being re-introduced by the PFTA and Canaan. Our regenerative farmers get more nutrient dense food than the GMO seeds the occupier is pushing. And it tastes better too!
The land-race seed bank and the pollinator program (beehives for Palestine) are two of the regenerative agriculture projects we support at LOCF. Planting olive and almond trees is regenerative. Organic education is part of every project in Palestine; everything comes with training. Every PFTA farmer has received a regenerative agriculture practices handout, and there are training sessions and extension field visits by CORE.
Global climate change is a huge issue facing our planet. Regenerative agriculture is part of every project and every solution we fund.
**Green America calculates if we can convert just 30% of cropland and pasture to regenerative farming practices, we can reduce atmospheric carbon to pre-industrial levels.
For more information here are two readable articles from YES! Magazine:
For a Sustainable Climate and Food System
The Key to Saving Family Farms is in the Soil
If you would like to hear the science behind carbon sequestration, please contact me.