Pillars of Regenerative Agriculture
The pillars of regenerative agriculture refer to optimizing soil health, animal welfare and ensuring social fairness for workers from field to processing facility. This methodology offers an alternative to the extractive agricultural model that has persisted throughout the 21st century, promoting a reciprocal exchange of resources used in the growth and production of food. The ecological benefit of this approach is shared among all the organisms along the food chain, resulting in better growing conditions and food that has a greater capacity to nourish people, animals and the environments where the food is grown.
While organic certification provides a dependable level of consumer safety and protection, we need to evolve our practices further to identify best practices for all organisms on earth – even the micro-organisms at work in the soil on our behalf. While the absence of petrochemicals, pesticides and synthetic fertilizers protect us from disease in a myriad of ways, organic standards do not currently go far enough to ensure optimal soil health. Recent studies have demonstrated that the biggest impact we can make towards reducing the human devastation that results from climate disasters is through agricultural practices that return carbon to the soil rather than release it, reducing the warming effects of excess CO2 in the atmosphere.
We can also consider the idea of regenerative from a self-care perspective. It’s empowering to know that positive, healthy changes are always within our reach if we simply stay focused on growth and becoming the best version of ourselves. At the core of this principle is the choices we make around nutrition and the food we purchase, taking into consideration the full health implications and environmental impact of how things are grown. Just as regular cardiovascular exercise is critical to our cells’ ability to communicate, absorb nutrients and filter out toxins, diversity in our microbiome is critical to preventing disease. We can restore that diversity through eating foods grown regeneratively that enhance soil health. Ultimately, we can continuously strive for growth by paying close attention to all aspects of life that aren’t enhancing our well-being, and make space for balance and fulfillment, while adding new meaning to life in the process.
The beauty in regenerative is that it implies constant opportunity for growth, improvement and renewal. When we live synergistically with the natural environment, taking cues from mother nature, eating the way food was intended to be eaten, we reap enormous health benefits. Springtime is another welcome opportunity to regenerate, restore and renew. There is no doubt we can all identify one thing we’d like to change or add to our health routine. It could be that the exercise routine you’ve maintained for years has ceased to produce results because your body has naturally plateaued. Maybe it’s time to do something drastic about your diet like reducing animal protein intake or take a baby step with the Vegan Before Six (VB6) plan. Perhaps you’ve noticed that pain and inflammation is increasing with age, limiting your ability to do the things you really love to do for exercise. Rather than give up or succumb to using copious amounts of ibuprofen to get through your workout, perhaps Navitas Organics’ anti-inflammatory ingredients including Turmeric Powder may help you get back to your fitness routine sooner than you think. While any of these behaviors alone might be the change needed, you can get closer to your wellness goals by staying focused on continuous adaptation and growth. Why wait when you can regenerate?