Towards resilient agriculture and beyond – The promise of regenerative agriculture

| Type artikkel: Masteravhandling
We are all dependent on agriculture as we all need food and agriculture covers around 37% of the total land area. It would therefore be an understatement to say that it is an important subject for our common future. A subject however that is also facing and causing many challenges. Is agriculture able to fit into the people, planet, prosperity adagio, or does one of these always have to suffer like it currently does?

Forfatter:

Jody Milder Leiden

År:

2018

Is it for example desirable to on the one side subsidies a food producing system that pollutes ground and surface waters, whilst on the other side ever increasing costs have to be made to clean these waters again to make it suitable for drinking, or in order to avoid a fee from the European Union? Organic agriculture is on the rise and offers some improvement, but at the same time still can be seen as a step in between as organic farms often still are large scale monocultures that try to be as efficient as possible under a linear system. Obviously the efficiency as such is not the problem, but the fact that the open linear system remains the same as under mainstream agriculture is a problem. Agriculture, be it mainstream, be it organic, is still linear and depends on external inputs and has range of outputs. Some of the in- and outputs have large environmental impacts such as the production and use of fertilizers. More should be done to strive towards a balanced triple bottom line and that is where regenerative agriculture could possible come in. Regenerative agriculture will be explained in 1.3, but for now it suffices to say that regenerative agriculture is an interpretation of a sustainable form of agriculture that places soil health central and works from there striving to make agriculture less linear and more circular. This chapter will first provide background and context information and from there on moves on to a comparison between organic and regenerative agriculture, closing with the problem statement and research questions.

 

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