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11:00 am, July 18th, 2017 - 14 comments
Categories: climate change, Environment, farming, food, sustainability - Tags: Green Infrastructure Fund, regenag, regenerative agriculture, soil
Regenerative agriculture is based on the idea that nature is a powerhouse of sustainability. It uses nature mimicry to establish productive systems that are self sustaining, require little external inputs, and that focus on ecological cycles like those that build soil rather than mechanistic systems that artificially force growth but produce large amounts of pollution. Building soil is central, because that’s the key to systems that regenerate rather than degrade.
This short film from Greenpeace shows some regenag farmers in NZ. This work is already being done here and eventually we will be very grateful. Regenag is more resilient in extreme weather and climate, needs far less energy to run and is thus much easier to make carbon zero. It excels at local food production thus creating food resiliency for NZ. It also isn’t reliant on external inputs like artificial fertilisers (the world is probably approaching at Peak Phosphorus) which deplete soil fertility. Because regenag holds nutrients in place, it maintains clean waterways.
That’s pretty much a blueprint for what NZ needs to do on multiple levels with the current crises around diary, water, fossil fuels and even employment. More of an issue is the economics. Farms in NZ carry massive debt, which is discussed in the film. Looks like an ideal opportunity for the Green Party’s new Green Infrastructure Fund.