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Regenerative Farming in New Zealand

Posted: May 20 2020

How regenerative farming can serve as a tool for global sustainable development

Author John Mccrone recently wrote an article concerning New Zealand’s prospects for regenerative farming in Stuff, a New Zealand news and media site. In it, he situates regenerative farming within the framework of New Zealand’s farming future. Mccrone highlights global challenges and trends: COVID-19, the climate crisis, supply chain shifts in the production of artificial meat, to name a few. He outlines how regenerative farming can and has served as a response to these world obstacles. 

In terms of public health, for example, regenerative farming offers more whole and nutrient rich foods when compared to industrially farmed alternatives.

A Canterbury regenerative cropping farm.

“Industrial farming becomes a false economy when stacked up against the world's soaring bill for chronic diseases – diabetes, cancer, heart attacks, immune disorders. And governments are now coming to realise that. Time to switch back to food with a proper nutritional density.”

Regenerative farming also helps to mitigate the climate crisis.

As outlined by Mccrone, “biologically-active soil is a huge carbon sink.”

To learn more about regenerative farming, its implications in New Zealand, and its role in shaping a global food future, follow this link to Mccrone’s original article.