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:

  favicon-32x32 How can healthy soils cut production costs, decrease emissions and cut chemical input use?
  favicon-32x32 Why are Nestle, Unilever, PepsiCo and more investing billions in regenerative agriculture initiatives?
  favicon-32x32 How to scale up regenerative practices across millions of acres and crop types?

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