Undisturbed soil naturally contains carbon and microbes, but once it's tilled for farming, for instance, the carbon is released into the air. Regenerative agriculture, a term that is often used synonymously with “carbon farming,” is a set of practices that builds organic matter back into the soil, effectively storing more water and drawing more carbon out of the atmosphere.
Examples include applying compost and employing managed grazing, as well as planting cover crops, which protect the soil in winter and prevent erosion while adding nutrients. So now we are in a position to leverage one of the most significant carbon sinks available to us: agricultural soils. Regenerative growing practices, which avoid tilling and minimize soil erosion, have the potential to store a significant portion of carbon in the soil, while improving the nutrition in our food.
In the United States 24% of farmers use diverse crop rotations already. In 2016, 21% of all cultivated US cropland was subject to no-till farming. For other regenerative practices, an estimated 12% of farms practice residue grazing in the country’s corn belt; 8% of US farmers planted cover crops in 2017; 6% use nitrogen management programs.
Individually, each of these practices improve soil health and lead to greater carbon capture. But for maximum impact, and for regenerative farming to fulfill its incredible potential, all of these practices should be implemented simultaneously. That is why THE Home came up with the solution of creating a Global Network of Regenerative Farms that invite displaced people to receive education and holistic health care in exchange for their participation in organic food production, not only helping to reverse the Climate Change but also solving Homelessness, Refugees and Food Crises that all are growing concerns of nowadays. We’re not waiting on any technological breakthroughs or major discoveries; we know that regenerative growing practices pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in the soil and now we have an opportunity to not just sustain our natural resources, but to restore them for generations to come