The recent report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change attributes 22% of global greenhouse gas emissions to anthropogenic agricultural activities. But we must eat to survive, so what is the solution to reducing these emissions? Three words: Regenerative Organic Agriculture.
Where traditional agriculture is dependent on chemical inputs, synthetic fertilizers, and heavy machinery, regenerative organic agriculture is a holistic approach to agriculture that employs good agricultural practices such as the use of cover crops, crop rotation and animal pasturing that improve soil health and animal health, thus producing healthier crops and animals.
Even though yields from regenerative organic agriculture is statistically similar to that from traditional agriculture but it uses 45% less energy and releases 40% fewer carbon emissions. It can thus be a game-changer in the global fight against climate change.
Additionally, as the weather becomes more extreme globally, organic crops are better able to withstand these extreme weather conditions than crops produced from traditional agricultural systems thereby producing more yields during times of floods and droughts.
Regenerative organic agriculture might just be the panacea needed to reduce GHG emissions from agricultural practices but also to produce more food in a world that’s increasingly becoming overpopulated.