As the Earth’s population rises and the need for sustainable food production continues to grow, farmers and policymakers are taking an increasing interest in regenerative agriculture as a positive, adaptable approach to sustainable farming. As people become more aware of regenerative agriculture and its principles, there has been an increased effort to support farmers and organizations that promote this practice. Although the source of regenerative agriculture is the farm, consumers don’t need to become a farmer in order to promote regenerative agriculture and make a positive impact on their carbon footprint. Some ways consumers can support the regenerative movement include:
Offering donations or volunteering.
Making informed purchases of food and fibers.
Making a regenerative garden.
One way to support regenerative agriculture is to increase awareness. Regenerative agriculture is just beginning
to seep into the mainstream conversation. As more people become aware of the opportunities that regenerative agriculture has to offer, the demand and availability of regenerative resources will increase. As demand increases, farmers will be more motivated to start using regenerative practices. Increase awareness of regenerative agriculture by sharing it friends, family and social media connections.
If you are a chef or supplier using regenerative products, inform the consumers of the practices being implemented to provide healthier and safer foods and fibers. Increasing awareness of regenerative agriculture offers support to farmers moving to regenerative or seeking a transition.
In addition to spreading the word about regenerative agriculture, many nonprofits and organizations working to improve education, access, research, and funding for regenerative agriculture practices all over the world are seeking donations and volunteers. Seeking out a nonprofit dedicated to changing the food system is a great way to show support. Many of these organizations now have volunteer opportunities remotely, and there are ways to donate time and service remotely.
There is currently no official label or seal of approval stating if something was grown regeneratively, which can
make it difficult to know as a consumer how to support the regenerative farming movement. However, there are ways to become more involved in supporting regenerative farming. Being informed of the choices you make as a consumer is the first step.
Many people are choosing to purchase regenerative food products, preferring the nutrient-dense makeup and positive environmental impacts. In addition to choosing regeneratively produced food, consumers can purchase regenerative textiles made from fibers that include hemp, linen, organic cotton, and climate-beneficial wool. Making informed purchases of regenerative fiber products is a way to support the regenerative textile movement.
Small-scale farmers produce the majority of the world’s food on a fraction of the farmland, but they receive little government and market support. In order to cultivate a fair and healthy food system that is resilient in a changing climate, it is necessary to support small local farmers and the regenerative organic agriculture practices that boost climate resilience on the farm. A global transition to regenerative organic agriculture paired with fair trade practices will cool the planet and feed the world.
Making a Regenerative Garden
Starting a regenerative garden is a great way to adopt principles of regenerative agriculture and be directly involved in growing safe and nutrient-rich food for the family and the community.
Community gardens and to volunteering at local farms are also ways to support regenerative agriculture. Getting first-hand experience with the Earth will provide more context and understanding while giving an opportunity to learn about soil health and regenerative practices.
Children especially will benefit from helping in a small regenerative garden where they can connect with the Earth and learn the importance of living plants, animals, and a thriving ecosystem full of biodiversity and enjoy nutrient-rich healthy foods that they have helped raise at the same time.
Promote regenerative gardens/land by sharing food with the local community.
Today, an increasing number of institutions, corporations, and growers are becoming interested in regenerative agriculture. People can support the regenerative movement by being educated and sharing their knowledge to
Donations and volunteering also help increase awareness and promote regenerative agriculture organizations. Consumers who are properly informed of the products they purchase can support local farmers who use regenerative practices. People can also make a regenerative garden or participate in community gardens or volunteer events. Adopting and supporting regenerative agricultural practices is among the least costly and most immediate actions that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a meaningful scale and provide safe and nutrient-rich food for the community.