Challenges

An abudant suppy of food through locally sourced regenerative agriculture

1. Raising awareness of the problem: The conventional vs organic debate is flawed and both miss the mark of regenerating our soils and ecosystems. (The exception being Rodale Institute pursuing an organic regenerative certification through the USDA)

2: Take a systems approach to nutrition, food security, nutrition education, agriculture, and health. Our common chronic health problems need to be faced with interdisciplinary teams of dietitians, farmers, city planners, urban designers, architects, educators, and policy makers to achieve a common goal: creating blue zones with locally sourced, sustainable food.

3: Provide online resources for people who are interested in agriculture, urban farming, and community gardening to learn the necessary skills and knowledge to become successful. There are plenty of resources online (especially through extension programs) but it can result in information overload. It is also not organized in a manner conducive to take someone with no previous knowledge and bring them to a level of optimal competency. A common curriculum for regenerative agriculture could be built similar to how Khan Academy provides a free online portal to access information in order to master subjects in their own time frame.

4. Funding and further opportunities at the local level through private and public sectors. Again, a central hub of resources that can provide hands-on training, tools, internships, access to land, grants, and loans for the purpose of promoting local regenerative agriculture.

5. Create an incentive for willing participants in the agriculture industry to become a B corp and systematically transition to a circular business model. This can be shown to promote more economic sustainability through adding less inputs and providing more outputs over time.

6. Grow fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds using regenerative agriculture principles using a closed-loop system. These foods will be provided at the local level from all available land in the urban, peri-urban, and rural areas within a certain distance from the end consumers.

7. All by-products and waste from crops will be used as compost or be utilized for non-edible materials in other industries. Compost, cover crops, crop rotation, polyculture, and perennial planting will be the driving forces to nudge agriculture closer to a closed loop system. Waste from other industries can be used to fill the gaps in the mean time instead of relying on mined minerals.

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What can go wrong?
Brad Babines
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  • People can get caught up in dogmatic arguments regarding conventional vs organic agriculture. Disagreements in farming methods (e.g. compost at 30:1, 44:1, 60:1 ratios) can become problematic for the education portion. Changing policies for current subsidies on agricultural practices that don't regenerate the farm land will be hard to end. Also, what incentive can be put in place for people who just wish to make a profit and aren't passionate about being a steward of the land?

    How can this be improved?
    Shyaam Ramkumar
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  • Thanks for the idea, Brad. How do you see this concept implemented within the office by our staff of 30 people?