What is a Regeneration Alliance?
A Regeneration Alliance is a self-organizing network of individuals, organizations, businesses, government officials and agencies that work together in a specific geographical area to accelerate the transition to a regenerative food, farming, and land-use system by building out the production and trade infrastructure for a regenerative agriculture industry.
Some Regeneration Alliances are formally organized as 501 (c)(3) nonprofits, with advisory boards and directors, while others choose to operate under a less formal structure. Many are aligned with Regeneration International.
Regeneration Alliances have been formed or are in the process of being organized in the U.S., in: Vermont, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Iowa, the Midwest); and outside the U.S. in: Guatemala, Mexico, Canada, Belize, Honduras, Africa and India.
Who can organize/participate in a Regeneration Alliance?
Any individual, organization, business or agency can join an existing Regeneration Alliance or spearhead the organization of a new one. Organizations working independently on environmental and climate, health, social and economic justice, food and farming and other related issues are encouraged to join, as are businesses engaged in building the infrastructure and trade platform for regenerative agriculture industries.
Why participate in/organize a Regeneration Alliance?
The challenges we face—deteriorating rural economies and public health, declining numbers of family farms, a polluted environment, loss of biodiversity, social injustice, unfair labor practices, global warming and related extreme weather events—require us to come together and think big.
Our best hope for resolving all these crises is to recognize where and how these issues intersect and overlap and then pool our economic and human resources to address them, together, from the grassroots, in order to change the entire agricultural landscape of a geographic area.
What does a Regeneration Alliance do?
The overarching goal of a Regeneration Alliance is to change the agricultural landscape of a defined geographic area by building out the commercial production and trade infrastructure required for the transition to a regenerative agriculture industry. Within that framework, Regeneration Alliances define their objectives based on the most pressing issues facing the regions they represent, the resources they have at hand and the social and cultural climes in which they will work with the aim of producing on-the-ground outcomes.
In general, Regeneration Alliances:
- Unify the local, state, regional, and national grassroots around the concept of regeneration through a diversity of messages and campaigns designed to appeal to different segments of the society.
- Engage the regional and national scientific, agricultural, urban, and activist communities in a narrative about the relationships between healthy soils, food, public health, and the climate.
- Engage minority and immigrant communities in building a common platform where their resources (especially their labor) and talent can be diverted from serving a degenerative food and agriculture system that exploits them toward reinvesting in the building and support of regenerative agriculture industries that value and benefit all stakeholders, not just a few large corporations.
- Frame Regenerative food and farming as the “next stage” of organic agriculture and the only direction for future food production.
- Organize local educational events on regenerative food, farming and land use
- Educate policymakers and local businesses on the potential of regenerative agriculture to address a wide range of challenges, including rural poverty, public health, environmental pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, water quality, wildlife preservation, and biodiversity.
- Mobilize consumers, farmers, businesses, and environmentalists to pressure policymakers to create policies that provide incentives for organic regenerative farming and land management practices.
- Survey local candidates for political office about their positions on food and agriculture policy, and help elect candidates who support regenerative food, agriculture and land use.
- Identify and build support for local regenerative agriculture and land-use projects.
- Identify and build support for local regenerative food markets.
- Collaborate with universities and NGOs to support the scaling up of farmer training in organic regenerative farming, ranching and land management techniques.
- Partner with other regions in the country and internationally to build a cohesive movement capable of operating under commonly agreed regenerative standards and practices to reverse climate change at a significant level.
- Conduct research and publicize data on regenerative agriculture, ranching and land management.
- Develop a transitional plan for young farmers who have access to land through family inheritance but lack the knowledge, resources and support.
- Disseminate at the regional level the latest research gathered and systematically organized by Regeneration International linking the climate, food, natural health, environment, and economic justice movements to food and farming, and best practices for adapting regenerative techniques to different climates and cultures.
- Recruit sign-ons for the global 4 per 1000: Soils for Food Security and Climate Initiative that came out of the Paris Climate Summit in order to build local, regional and global support for regenerative agriculture as a climate change solution.
- Expose the threats to local economies, communities, the environment, public health and climate posed by industrial agriculture.
- Identify opportunities to engage youth, including children and teens in regenerative agriculture initiatives.