My father’s postwar generation of farmers emphasized the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers to increase production. What these methods ignored was the need of the dirt itself. Today, we understand the cost of these practices, not only for the larger environment, but in terms of what farmers, politicians, and environmental historians loosely call soil exhaustion.
From Alaska to Australia, scientists are turning to the knowledge of traditional people for a deeper understanding of the natural world. What they are learning is helping them discover more about everything from melting Arctic ice, to protecting fish stocks, to controlling wildfires.
Businesses around the world have entered a rich and turbulent era of experimentation. A regenerative approach offers a way forward, providing a comprehensive view of what businesses can become when they return to fundamental principles in order to start down new paths.
The UK has been slow to embrace agroforestry, fearing trees compete for valuable space and water. In fact they can increase crop diversity as well as profits, as two pioneering Cambridgeshire farmers have found.
From a satellite image, the Alto Valle is a curving line of dark green in an expanse of brown: it stretches from the Patagonian Andes, east to the South Atlantic. This grid of apple orchards and poplar trees is a century old: it has survived the dynamic cycles of Argentine politics, and shows unique resilience in the face of both climate change and globalization.
Our environmental and deeply linked social crisis cannot wait for us to understand how crucially urgent it is to unite our resources for regeneration. We are used to having one pocket of money to make more money no matter how much it destroys the world (usually 95% of our total portfolio) and another tiny pocket (usually 5%) to “save” the world. What is the probability of us EVER making a REAL contribution of value to the world with this separation paradigm?
This podcast is with Propagate Ventures who has set out to redefine agriculture by working with investors, farmers and brands to implement regenerative agroforestry solutions. Meet the founders. Jeremy Kaufman, Ethan Steinberg and Harry Greene
Syntropic Agriculture is an innovative design methodology and set of farming techniques that has quickly swept across the regenerative agriculture space. Ernst Gotsch popularized the practices over several decades, while Fazenda da Toca most recently catapulted it all into the mainstream with the film Life in Syntropy. Syntropic farming has taken hold in Brazil and the tropics, but today we ask: How can we apply these concepts to cold climates?
Nori empowers enterprises and individuals with a full range of solutions to begin the reversal of climate change. In this session, we discussed a wide range of solutions for carbon dioxide removal, from mature to nascent, including: soil, managed mine tailings, direct air capture, and agroforestry. We discussed the technology readiness, advantages, and challenges for scaling each method.