A growing body of research is showing that industrialized agriculture in its current form has largely failed. In 2015, we grew enough food to feed 10 billion people, but huge inefficiencies in the system mean that 40% of that potential is wasted. In addition, polluting pesticides and herbicides, expensive fertilizers, energy-intensive equipment, and carbon-emitting farming practices make agriculture a leading driver of climate change, now responsible for more than 11% of total GHG emissions.
Working with researchers at Ohio State, MIT, Future Earth and the 4per1000 initiative, One Earth provide a comprehensive assessment of the sequestration potential of carbon-negative farming practices and “regenerative” agriculture, including new technologies to reduce waste and increase both productivity and nutrition. Furthermore, the benefits of adopting a regenerative, organic compliance standard will be explored, creating economic opportunities for indigenous and community farmers at the regional level.