Regenerative Agriculture and the Role of the Food Industry

Why are leading food and beverage companies spearheading the transition to regenerative practices?

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The price of chemical input is rising, the climate is increasingly erratic, and a global supply shortage is looming. Conventional agriculture had degraded 25% of all ice-free arable soil and is responsible for 23% of all GHG emissions.

Leading food and beverage companies understand it is time for a new approach, ushering in regenerative agriculture practices, at scale.

What is regenerative agriculture?

Regenerative agriculture is a collection of practices and principles, centered around soil health and a holistic perception of the farm as an ecosystem. Enhancing soil health and encouraging bio-diversity has proven to result in better water management, reduced fertilizer use, and an overall steady increase in yields.

This book takes a combined agronomic-business lens to regenerative agriculture, examining:

“We can’t waste this crisis and keep framing the way we have always done, because this crisis is bigger than Ukraine’s ports, this crisis had been building for a long time, climate change is a big part of it – draughts, floods, meaning we have to start farming differently, and this is a great time to start doing it – it’s called regenerative agriculture” – Hanneke Faber, President of food & Refreshments at Unilever, speaking at World Economic Forum convention at Davos, May 2022