Regenerative Agriculture plays a key role in not just restoring the environment, but also feeding the world. How can we start by just feeding a community within a square mile? This requires planning and feedback loops and improvement strategies for health, of the people, the animals and the environment. The key is including people, currently referred to as Agrihoods. If we can feed people with fresher, better tasting food, raised more humanely and reduce food wastes, what will we be able to accomplish?
World Animal Protection
WSPA on the ideal conditions for farm animals, and example of Regenerative Agriculture.
“Regenerative Agriculture” describes farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle.
If you’ve never heard about the amazing potential of regenerative agriculture and land use practices to naturally sequester a critical mass of CO2 in the soil and forests, you’re not alone. One of the best-kept secrets in the world today is that the solution to global warming and the climate crisis (as well as poverty and deteriorating public health) lies right under our feet, and at the end of our knives and forks."
-Ronnie Cummins, Regeneration International Steering Committee Member
Up to 40 percent of the food in the United States is never eaten. But at the same time, one in eight Americans struggles to put enough food on the table.
The good news is that there are alternative ways to produce food that are not only better for our rivers, and the environment, but also good for farmers’ bottom lines. We are not saying “stop farming”; rather we’re advocating a win-win way forward. It’s called regenerative farming, sometimes known as ecological farming or smart farming. Regenerative farming works with natural ecosystems, not against them.
Rural Economic Development
Rural Economic Development comes from within and it is fueled by infrastructure that respects the ways of the community, not forced upon it with top-down policies. The open spaces of our rural communities may be the key to designing systems that focus on the health of the residents, animals and planet, rather than on designs for escalating real estate prices.
Ensuring sufficient and clean water for both economic growth and the environment may be the most significant and urgent concern facing Texas in the next generation. New communities/agrihoods are very well placed to incorporate sufficient surface water storage to keep an environment green throughout a drought, thus decreasing stress on residents, livestock and nature.