REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE: WHY IT'S GOING TO HELP THE WORLD
Abigail McShinsky, MegaFood Education & Content Specialist | July 2018
Sounds great! ...What is regenerative agriculture?
Turns out, there’s quite a lot to it. For those of us that care deeply about where our food comes from, and how it may impact the planet (but maybe aren’t farmers or scientists), regenerative agriculture is essentially nurturing the soil in such a way that rebuilds soil organic matter, restores degraded soil biodiversity and creates soil that acts as a sponge. Easy, right?
Why does this need to happen?
You may be thinking along the lines of nutritious, healthy foods, and you wouldn’t be wrong! But that’s not the real point behind regenerative agriculture. What if I told you that through regenerative agricultural practices, you could reverse climate change? What if we could pull climate-damaging levels of CO2 from the atmosphere? Increase clean and safe water run-off? AND what if we could nourish ourselves with nutrient-dense foods at the same time? Put that way, this concept is a no-brainer, right?
Why is MegaFood getting involved?
As you may know, our supplements are made with vitamins, minerals and real food from our trusted farm partners, because we believe our bodies recognize real food. In fact, each year we buy more than 700 thousand pounds of fresh produce – all delivered to our back door in New Hampshire. That means that having nutritious, real food is paramount to our products, which in turn means that soil health is something we take seriously! #SoilLovers With a mission to change the world, starting with food, soil health – and therefore regenerative agriculture – is foundational to our company.
Now’s the time!
We, along with other industry leaders, partner with The Carbon Underground and Green America, to begin development of a new, outcomes-based regenerative agriculture global verification standard for food grown in a regenerative manner which seeks to encourage farmers to restore the carbon cycle and build soil health, crop resilience, and nutrient density.
Our VP of Social Impact, Sara Newmark has lots more planned for us! We got ourselves certified as a B Corporation. Together with our farm partners, who share our commitment to regenerative agriculture, we are a force for good. We are revolutionizing a broken farming system and nourishing our world from the roots. We are advocating for nutritional policy reform and working to strengthen food security, as we lobby against harmful chemicals like glyphosate, being sprayed not only on our food, but our parks and school playgrounds as well.
Want to take a deeper dive into the dirt? Read our post Back to our roots: how soil can save us.