Regeneration International will hold a side event at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification COP 15 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on May 13.
The COP15 theme, ‘Land. Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity', is a call to action to ensure land, the lifeline on this planet, continues to benefit present and future generations.
COP15 will bring together leaders from governments, the private sector, civil society and other key stakeholders from around the world to drive progress in the future sustainable management of one of our most precious commodities: land.
Precious Phiri, Oliver Gardiner and André Leu will give presentations about multiple benefits of Regenerative Agriculture to regenerate degraded arid and semi-arid landscapes. The presentations will feature the Billion Agave Project, an agave-based agroforestry system, and regenerative grazing practices.
The Agave-Based Agroforestry System
UNCCCD COP 15
A new video for the "4 per 1000" Initiative
Oliver Gardiner, Regeneration International’s Eurasia Coordinator and Media & Communications Coordinator has produced a new video for the The international "4 per 1000" Initiative. Titled Healthy Soils for a Healthy Planet, this inspiring video features the "4 per 1000" Initiative global network of partners, including minsters of many countries, United Nations organizations and NGO’s (featuring Regeneration International) talking about the multiple benefits of soil health to both mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Regenerative Farms and Healthy Soil Grow Healthier Food
A study, published in January in the journal PeerJ, by David R. Montgomery, Anne Biklé, Ray Archuleta, Paul Brown and Jazmin Jordan that compared regenerative farms with industrial farms found that that regenerative farms grow healthier food.
The authors stated "…averaged across all nine farm pairings the regenerative farm crops had 34% more vitamin K, 15% more vitamin E , 14% more vitamin B1, and 17% more vitamin B2). The crops from the regenerative farms also had 15% more total carotenoids, 20% more total phenolics, and 22% more total phytosterols. In addition, regeneratively grown crops had 11% more calcium, 16% more phosphorus , and 27% more copper . Cabbage from the regenerative farm had 20%, 41%, and 70% more vitamins C, K, and E, respectively, as well as more than twice the phenolics and phytosterols, and 48% more carotenoids than cabbage from the conventional field. Corn, soy, and sorghum grown under regenerative practices respectively had 17%, 22%, and 23% more zinc. In addition, peas and sorghum grown using regenerative practices had more vitamins, and regenerative soy and sorghum had more copper. However, averaged across all crops the regenerative ones also had less vitamin B6 and manganese, and regenerative soy had less vitamin C and several B vitamins (B1, B3, and B6)."
"Our results suggest that farming practices that affect soil organic matter and microbial communities are under-appreciated influences on crop nutrient density, particularly for micronutrients and phytochemicals relevant to plant health and chronic disease prevention in humans."
The published paper
A review by the University of Washington
Industrial Agriculture and Climate Change responsible for Insect Apocalypse
A new study published in the journal Nature, demonstrates a clear and alarming link between the climate crisis and high-intensity agriculture and the dramatic decline in insects numbers. The study shows that areas with high intensity agriculture, insect abundance has already dropped by nearly 50%, while the number of species has been slashed by 27%.
According to CNN: "The researchers defined high-intensity agriculture as the kind characterized by the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers, low crop diversity, large field size or high livestock density, among other things…” This is clearly modern industrial agriculture.
The researchers concluded: "A high availability of nearby natural habitat often mitigates reductions in insect abundance and richness associated with agricultural land use and substantial climate warming but only in low-intensity agricultural systems. In such systems, in which high levels (75% cover) of natural habitat are available, abundance and richness were reduced by 7% and 5%, respectively, compared with reductions of 63% and 61% in places where less natural habitat is present (25% cover). Our results show that insect biodiversity will probably benefit from mitigating climate change, preserving natural habitat within landscapes and reducing the intensity of agriculture."
Regenerating agricultural ecosystems is the real solution to the climate crisis, extinction crisis, eco-systems crisis and food crisis.
The Savory Global Network announced its global impact metrics
Savory Hubs teach, consult, verify, however most importantly, they connect. They connect desertifying land with much-needed animal impact. They connect brands to supply from verified regenerating land. And they connect land managers to a decision-making framework that brings about real, lasting impact.
Most impressively the impact since 2009 has resulted in 15,7755 people being trained to manage 21,717,875 hectares under regenerative grazing.
AGRA Watch and AFSA Launch a new film
AGRA Watch and the African Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) have launched “Money,” the third episode in their Rich Appetites film series
The Rich Appetites film series details how American billionaires and philanthro-capitalists like Bill Gates and his Foundation are underwriting the corporate control of African food systems under the guise of philanthropy. By funding industrial agriculture models, they’re harming small-scale African farmers and exacerbating the impacts of climate change.
The third short film in the series, entitled “Money”, explores how and why the Gates Foundation has spent billions remaking African agriculture as a business ripe for new investments, all while cultivating Bill Gates' global image as a “do-gooder” –– even though his actions are harming African farmers and the planet.
Watch Episode 3 here