What Does It Mean To Be A Regenivore?
By Stacie Adams
As explained by McGill University, environmental sustainability is defined as the careful consumption of natural resources to prevent them from being depleted. The goal of sustainability is to maintain balance within ecological systems, which assures that future generations have access to what they need to survive.
The regenivore movement, on the other hand, goes beyond simply sustaining the environment to supporting its regeneration and takes a big-picture view of the landscapes where food is grown, how livestock is raised, and how the people who produce and harvest food are treated. The movement involves individual consumers, as well as farmers and grocery store owners.
At the heart of the movement is a push for organic farming practices to replace current conventional systems. It also wants to avoid the chemical pesticides and fertilizers that wreak so much havoc on the environment, as well as potentially harming humans in the process — and such organic practices foster healthy soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Bolstering soil quality is another important concern for regenivores, especially in light of troubling soil erosion rates, which are largely blamed on modern farming practices. However, climate-focused agricultural practices, such as cover crops to maintain soil quality between harvests and till-less farming, are two proposed solutions that could slow the rate of soil erosion.