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Regenerative Agriculture: 5.5 Videos You Need To Watch

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Amid an onslaught of transparency and sustainability trends, regenerative agriculture is starting to gain popularity. 

So, what is regenerative agriculture? Regenerative agriculture describes farming and grazing practices that focus on regenerating topsoil, allowing farmers to maintain crop yields, improve water retention and plant uptake, increase farm profitability, and support biosequestration, among other benefits

In this blog, we explore regenerative agriculture through 5.5 extraordinary videos.

These videos include documentaries and TED Talks that discuss regenerative agriculture from different perspectives, and follow the stories of innovative farmers that are incorporating regenerative practices into their family farms. 

 

1. Unbroken Ground by Patagonia

“Every time you grow cotton or corn or any crop, you lose topsoil and you can’t do that forever,” explains Yvon Chouinard, Owner, and founder of outdoor clothing company Patagonia. In many ways, “soil is more important than oil, and it’s as much as a non-renewable resource as oil,” states Wes Jackson, Ph.D. of The Land Institute.  

In this 21 minute documentary, Patagonia teams up with the Farm League to tell the story of four groups that are pioneers in the fields of regenerative agriculture, regenerative grazing, diversified crop development, and restorative fishing. “These four areas of agriculture aim to change our relationship with the land and the ocean,” explains Patagonia. 

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  • Regenerative agriculture: 2:25 - 6:00
    • An excellent demonstration of carbon sequestration in soils at 4:50
  • Regenerative grazing: 6:00 - 10:54
  • Diversified crop development: 10:54 - 16:05
  • Restorative fishing: 16:30 - 22:52 

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2. Living Soil by The Soil Health Institute

“Our soils support 95% of all food production and by 2060, our soils will be asked to give us as much food as we have consumed in the last 500 years,” cautions The Soil Health Institute. Soils are vibrantly alive, teeming with 10,000 pounds of biological life in every acre. Yet, “in the last 150 years, we’ve lost half of the basic building blocks that makes soil productive.” 

What does this mean for farmers and everyday Americans? The annual societal and environmental costs of soil degradation and loss in the U.S. are estimated to be $85 billion.

In this 60 minute documentary, the Soil Health Institute follows the stories of innovative farmers and soil health experts throughout the U.S.  

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3. From the Ground Up by Filmmaker, Amy Browne

“It’s a courageous thing to swim against the tide,” explains author and farmer Charles Massy of using regenerative agriculture practices over conventional. “...we need to create an environment so that my neighbor isn’t offended by what I’m doing and is interested in what I’m doing.” 

In this 13 minute documentary, filmmaker Amy Browne sets out across the dry farming country of South East NSW to meet Charles Massey and other trailblazing farmers bringing new life to their land through regenerative agriculture. 

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4. How Regenerative Farming Can Help Heal The Plant & Human Health by Charles Massy, a TEDx Talk

While different from the above documentary From the Ground Up, this TEDx Talk also features author and farmer Charles Massy. According to Charles, “regenerative agriculture… enables natural systems and function to not just be renewed but also to do the renewing - to self-organize back to healthy function, a radical idea of empowering and not controlling nature.” 

In this TED Talk, Charles proposes new ways of farming by drawing on his decades of farming experience and research. He also delves into his personal journey of reaching regenerative agriculture. 

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5. Regeneration of Our Lands: A Producer’s Perspective by Gabe Brown, A TEDx Talk

The health of our soil resource has declined to such a point that it is not only negatively affecting farm and ranch profitability, but it is also having a devastating impact on everything from our water quality to our communities and even to our health.

In this TEDx Talk, North Dakota rancher Gabe Brown walks us through a common-sense solution to this crisis.

Gabe Brown is a pioneer in the soil health movement. Gabe and his family own and operate a diversified 5,000-acre farm and ranch near Bismarck, ND. Their operation focuses on farming and ranching in nature’s image.

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5.5 How Do Regenerative Agriculture and Bio 800+ Fit Together? 

Regenerative agricultural practices like composting, cover crops and no-to-low-till, leave food sources for soil microbes in the soil. By providing food sources for microbes, regenerative agriculture strengthens the soil microbes.

Holganix Bio 800+ Agriculture harnesses the power of over 800 species of soil microbes to recharge soils, ultimately leading to improved yield, root growth, and crop resilience against stress.

When you combine regenerative agriculture practices that provide microbe food sources, and the diverse consortium of microbes in Holganix Bio 800+, results from both can increase.

Learn more about Holganix Bio 800+ Agriculture by watching our short 8.5-minute video on our university and commercial grower trials.

Posted by Kaitlyn Ersek on Apr 8, 2020 2:00:00 PM

Kaitlyn Ersek

Topics: the science behind holganix, farmer

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