The soil is lifeless dirt

HEAL SOIL, HEAL EARTH!

Heal the soil to heal the planet!
Is it the most technically sophisticated form of agriculture that can solve our future food and climate challenges? Or is it the oldest, wisest and most timeless way of farming? Regenerative ecological agriculture is both!

The focus is on an idea, not an ideology or political belief, but the universal truth that all things are interrelated. The seed, the plant, the soil, the animals and the sky above them, the people who grow food and those who eat it. They all form an interlocking system from which a single part cannot be severed or mistreated without affecting all the other parts.
Industrial agriculture suffers from the fact that it understands this complex system as a kind of linear assembly line. Industrial agriculture is about maximizing yields while ignoring the consequences for our soils, our health, the well-being of workers, animals, the atmosphere and the planet. For industrial agriculture, the soil is just dirt, an inanimate matter that is plowed through and soaked with fertilizer and agrochemicals. But floors are alive! A single tablespoon of earth contains more living organisms than there are humans on our planet. Making the soil sick means making ourselves and our planet sick.
Soil health is therefore the first of 3 principles of regenerative organic agriculture that guide our way of growing raw materials. We do not use any chemical poisons, instead we rely on diverse and sensible crop rotations to minimize pest infestation and weeds. We make sure to work the soil as little as possible and use cover crops to protect the soil from erosion and make it fertile again.
Social fairness and human well-being, i.e. fair wages and conditions for smallholders, workers and ranchers, is the second principle. Regenerative organic agriculture does not understand social justice and fair payment as a separate issue, but as an important component of a healthy, lively and sustainable food system

 

Animal welfare is the third principle of regenerative organic agriculture. Industrial animal husbandry is cruel and has catastrophic consequences for the environment as well as for all sentient and conscious living things. Factory farming is torture not only for the animals, but also for the country, the atmosphere and us. Regenerative organic farming shows that we should treat animals as sentient beings who deserve our care and respect. In addition, ruminants that graze on pasture can make an important contribution to building healthy soils.
The most important and most fundamental effect of regenerative organic agriculture, however, is its potential to halt climate change. According to studies by the Rodale Institute, a huge amount of excess carbon from the atmosphere could be captured in the soil if the current arable and pasture areas were converted to regenerative organic agriculture.
Every day and with each of our decisions about which foods we eat and which cosmetics we use, we have the opportunity to support regenerative organic agriculture. Consumption is a political act and with each of our consumer decisions we vote for what kind of world we want to live in.