In the Face of a Climate Crises, There’s a Better Way to Farm

CCurrent methods of producing food and other agricultural commodities that are used for everyday necessities contribute to ecosystem destruction, increasing income inequality and a climate crises.

These practices are aimed at restoring natural systems, equity, and justice, and can be used to solve global problems. They will need to be adopted by existing initiatives that are more connected. We have to shift our focus from specific issues such as farmer livelihoods or soil health and adopt a holistic approach. We can shift the focus of the food system towards equitable economic prosperity, which allows people to thrive in the long-term and not just for the sake of short-term profits or productivity growth.

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Forum for the Future has partnered with 135 companies, from farmers to brands and retailers to help shift the U.S. food industry towards more sustainable outcomes. This project is a model for how other countries can achieve similar results. We are opening new connections and facilitating dialogue with historically marginalized farm communities. In addition to achieving environmental outcomes and incentives, we are also centring our efforts around principles such as racial justice.

The key to systemic change is creating the right conditions. Supporting the adoption of agricultural practices that are considered regenerative—such as planting cover crops or adopting no-till farming—is important, but transformative change will only happen if the wider enabling conditions, from policy to finance, are in place. That’s why we are fostering alignment and greater collaboration in this space.

The last window for addressing the climate crisis is closing and most indicators of inequalities and human suffering are heading in the wrong direction. Regenerative agriculture gives us hope and the possibility of what we can achieve around the globe.

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