• Answer To Many Of The World’s Most Pressing Problems? Regenerative Agriculture Is The Answer

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    Farmers Fear Ruin Following EHEC Outbreak

    Organic farming is not just about making a higher profit. Most of us realize that in our bones. Sure, we have to make a living. And, sure, we live and die on the gritty details of compost and cover crops, tillers and no-till. But we are stewards of more than just our soil and our farm and we all draw meaning and sustenance from what we accomplish beyond our own fence posts. By farming organically, we are regenerating the soil, returning the land to its natural state. We are also regenerating the health of ourselves and our family by reducing or eliminating chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. Beyond our farm, by not using chemicals, we are regenerating the wildlands and local environment. Wildlife and beneficial birds return to help keep down insects and other pests. Our local watershed has less pollution in the streams and creeks which come off our land.

    “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself.” That’s a quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt, who clearly knew something most people, including farmers, have since forgotten.

    The truth is, to feed the world, we must feed the soil. One of the best ways to prevent global disaster, save our health, and build a sustainable economy is through regenerative agriculture. This isn’t a luxury we can put on the backburner. Changes must begin immediately.

    By paying greater attention to carbon management, we have the opportunity to make a dramatic difference in this area, which is having major negative consequences to our agriculture, and the pollution of our air and water.

    But there are signs of change afoot. For example, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), which is part of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), is now starting to take an active role in teaching farmers about the importance of soil health, as discussed …

    By farming organically, we're helping society in many different ways. We interact with the local community on whole new levels, perhaps by local marketing, organic matter recycling or entertainment farming. Or maybe by hosting a Farmer Field Day to show new transitioning farmers how we do it. Teaching others: That's when you really start Regenerating!

    Thinking in terms of Regenerative Agriculture reminds us of the true importance of farmers in our society. The ridiculous image of the farmer as hick and redneck is forgotten. We remember that agriculture is the foundation of all civilization, that when you improve agriculture, you elevate the whole society. And we affirm that agriculture is an absolutely essential part of any world-wide effort to improve our environment and health.

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