Blog: Regenerative agriculture and the food system
In this blog post, Samuel Smith of international sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future sets out research he intends to conduct on how regenerative agriculture is understood, the strategies that could be used to scale it up, and how the food system would be affected by widespread conversion to regenerative agriculture.
Practices that are generally seen as falling under the banner of regenerative agriculture include no-till farming, precision agriculture, low inputs of fertilisers or pesticides, agroforestry, cover cropping, biochar, holistic/mob grazing, rewilding and robotics.
The blog post notes that both established corporations and startups are moving into the regenerative agriculture sector.
Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering just over 10 million square kilometres or 6.8% of the global land area, but it is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of around 740 million people or about 11% of the world's population. Its climate is heavily affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent. In the European Union, farmers represent only 4.7% of the working population, yet manage nearly half of its land area.