There are so many different schemes that come under the regenerative agriculture umbrella that it is confusing, for instance: Climate-Smart Agriculture, Conservation Agriculture, Agroecology, and Zero Budget Farming. When farmers look for practical help they generally find resources on using different practices like cover crops, bio-fertilisers, and agroforestry, rather than on the principles which underpin these practices.
By identifying the fundamental principles underpinning regenerative practices used around the world, Dr Wendy Seabrook shows that the message is actually quite simple - bring back Nature’s free ecological services to your farm. These are the ecological functions - nutrient cycles, water cycles, solar energy capture, and functional biodiversity provided by functioning agro-ecosystems.
Carbon and organic matter levels in the soil are useful measures to track progress, but we need to get our agroecosystems ‘tuned up and running’ for these metrics to improve!