Be­yond Or­ganic

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Or­ganic farm­ing pro­tects the land ( and us, when we eat or­ganic food) by shun­ning toxic her­bi­cides, pes­ti­cides, and chem­i­cal fer­til­iz­ers. It may im­prove the qual­ity of soil to diff er­ent de­grees, de­pend­ing upon the farm, but the ba­sic approach is to do no harm. Soil qual­ity is not among the cri­te­ria for or­ganic cer­tifi cation. Re­gen­er­a­tive agri­cul­ture goes a step fur­ther, aim­ing to lit­er­ally re­gen­er­ate the life, fer­til­ity, and re­silience of the land, and it’s be­come a hot topic.

The most re­cent sur­vey of Amer­i­can or­ganic farm­ers by the non­profi t Or­ganic Farm­ing Re­search Foun­da­tion found that soil health was their chief pri­or­ity in ev­ery re­gion of the coun­try. To meet th­ese needs, the or­ga­ni­za­tion funds stud­ies to iden­tify the best meth­ods to en­hance soil and pro­vides ed­u­ca­tional guides to help farm­ers im­prove crop yields and make their land more re­silient in the face of climate shifts.

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