Reports & Journal Articles

Regenerative agriculture is an evolving science. Regeneration International seeks to aggregate reports and journal articles to enable everyone to have access to the most up to date research on regenerative agriculture and related topics.

Climate Change, Human Impacts, and Carbon Sequestration in China

The scale of economic growth in China during the past three decades is unprecedented in modern human history. However, this fast economic growth puts China’s environment under increasing stresses. This special feature explores the impacts of climate change and human activities on the structure and functioning of ecosystems, with emphasis on quantifying the magnitude and distribution of carbon (C) pools and C sequestration in China’s terrestrial ecosystems.

Plant Diversity Enhances Productivity and Soil Carbon Storage

Soil carbon sequestration plays an important role in mitigating anthropogenic increases in atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Recent studies have shown that biodiversity increases soil organic carbon (SOC) storage in experimental grasslands. However, the effects of species diversity on SOC storage in natural ecosystems have rarely been studied, and the potential mechanisms are yet to be understood. The results presented here show that favorable climate conditions, particularly high precipitation, tend to increase both species richness and belowground biomass, which had a consistent positive effect on SOC storage in forests, shrublands, and grasslands.

Economic Impact of Organic Agriculture Hotspots in the United States

In this paper, we assess whether or not organic agriculture has a positive impact on local economies. We first identify organic agriculture hotspots (clusters of counties with positively correlated high numbers of organic operations) using spatial statistics. Then, we estimate a treatment effects model that classifies a county’s membership in an organic hotspot as an endogenous treatment variable.

Nature Can Reduce Pesticide Use, Environment Impact

Farmers around the world are turning to nature to help them reduce pesticide use, environmental impact and, subsequently, and in some cases, increasing yields.

Changing Weather Patterns Throwing Ecosystems Out of Whack

Species’ lifecycles are slowly growing out of alignment, which can affect the functioning of ecosystems, ultimately impacting human food supply and disease.

Agroforestry Systems May Play Vital Role in Mitigating Climate Change

Agroforestry could play an important role in mitigating climate change because it sequesters more atmospheric carbon in plant parts and soil than conventional farming, according to Penn State researchers.

Grazing Management That Regenerates Ecosystem Function and Grazingland Livelihoods

Adopting a systems view and regenerative philosophy can indicate how to regenerate ecosystem function on commercial-scale agro-ecological landscapes.

Regeneration of Soils and Ecosystems: The Opportunity to Prevent Climate Change: Basis for a Necessary Climate and Agricultural Policy

This white paper analyzes soil destruction as a major cause of climate change, provides examples of ecosystem and soil regeneration, assesses the current situation in the European Union and provides examples of initiatives that would help and support the

New Report Ranks Countries on Food Waste, Nutrition, and Sustainable Agriculture

The 2016 Food Sustainability Index aims to encourage policy makers to place food and its production issues as high priority items in their policy agendas.

New Report Shows Continued, Dramatic Losses of American Grasslands

The loss of grasslands is devastating for local ecosystems, and also has long-term, negative effects for ranchers, the hunting industry, and for communities that depend on them for flood prevention and water filtration.

World Soil Day Hails Symbiotic Role of Pulses to Boost Sustainable Agriculture

Soil and pulses can make major contributions to the challenge of feeding the world’s growing population and combating climate change.

Young People’s Burden

Young People’s Burden makes clear that rapid reduction of fossil fuel emissions is the most important requirement to assure prospects of young people, but it is not enough. It is also necessary to have a large drawdown of atmospheric CO2 via improved agricultural and forestry practices.

Pulses: Nutritious Seeds for a Sustainable Future

The aim of raising global awareness on the multitude of benefits of pulses was integral to the International Year of Pulses. This coffee table book is part guide and part cookbook— informative without being technical.

4 Levels of Regenerative Agriculture

What is regenerative agriculture and how can it become a global force that can transform not only farming but our economies and even climate change?

10 Options for Agriculture at Marrakech Climate Talks

New guidance is now available to help countries decide how to shape the future of food and farming under a global climate agreement.

Special Report: US Organic Farming Hotspots – an Opportunity for Rural Communities?

A recent study suggests that producing organic foods is correlated with lower poverty and increased household incomes in rural communities.

Climate Change’s Costs are Still Escalating

Scientific reports released for a conference today on disaster risk reduction warn that people are already dying and economies being hit by climate change − and that the dangers are growing.

Organic Beats Conventional Agriculture in the Tropics

This study demystifies the myth that organic agriculture needs more space to achieve comparable yields to conventional agriculture.

Plants’ Ability to Slow Climate Change Depends on their Fungi

Scientists have discovered why only certain plants can take in extra carbon dioxide when levels rise and help to reduce global warming.

Global Cooling by Grassland Soils of the Geological Past and Near Future

Humans are not the first creatures to alter Earth’s climate. Termites and dinosaurs have had an impact on climate, too. But modern agriculture is undoing millions of years of grass-grazer co-evolution. Luckily, regenerative agriculture or carbon farming can reverse this damage.

How Does Agriculture Change Our Climate?

While global agriculture faces a number of challenges, the most surprising challenge to food security may come from agriculture’s impact on our climate.

New Report: Farming for the Future

Rather than producing more food under unequal and ecologically destructive conditions, the solution to hunger hinges on creating a more sustainable, democratic and fair food system for all.

Soil4Climate and Tufts Global Development and Environment Institute Release Earth Day Climate Policy Brief – Emphasize Soil

Cutting fossil fuel emissions, on its own, will not suffice to meet the temperature goals set by the agreement reached during the Paris climate negotiations in December 2015.

The investment case for ecological farming

This paper explains why ecological and regenerative farming systems provide an attractive investment opportunity. It is intended for institutional investors, family offices and investment managers with an interest in real assets and/or impact investing.

Biochars multifunctional role as a novel technology in the agricultural, environmental, and industrial sectors

Biochar can have multfunctional roles in the agricultural and environmental sectors.

The Role of Ruminants in Reducing Agriculture’s Carbon Footprint in North America

In order to ensure long-term sustainability and ecological resilience of agroecosystems, agricultural production should be guided by policies and regenerative management protocols that include ruminant grazing.

The Rise of Regenerative Agriculture

The regenerative agriculture movement is growing. In India, Organic India is working with thousands of small family farmers to cultivate tens of thousands of acres of regenerative farmland.

Fixing Food: Fresh Solutions from Five U.S. Cities (2016)

Our broken food system presents communities with an uphill battle to ensure affordable, healthy food for all. Here are five stories of cities finding innovative ways to meet that challenge.

A Continuing Inquiry Into Ecosystem Restoration: Examples From China’s Loess Plateau and Locations Worldwide and their Emerging Implications

A fundamental lesson was learned through the Loess Plateau rehabilitation: It is possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems including those that have been degraded over the course of centuries or even millennia.

What Do We Really Know About the Number and Distribution of Farms and Family Farms in the World?

This report provides a more complete and up to date as well as carefully documented estimate of the total number of farms in the world, as well as by region and level of income. There are at least 570 million farms worldwide, of which more than 500 million can be considered family farms.

Food and Climate Change: The Forgotten Link

A global shift towards an agriculture that builds up organic matter in the soil would also put us on a path to removing some of the other major sources of GHGs from the food system

Emerging Land Use Practices Rapidly Increase Soil Organic Matter

Emerging land uses, such as management-intensive grazing, may offer a rare win-win strategy combining profitable food production with rapid improvement of soil quality and short-term climate mitigation through soil carbon accumulation.

Agroecology and the Right to Food

This report explores how States can and must achieve a reorientation of their agricultural systems towards modes of production that are highly productive, highly sustainable and that contribute to the progressive realization of the human right to adequate food.

GHG Mitigation Potential of Different Grazing Strategies in the United States Southern Great Plains

Ever wonder what impact livestock really have on landscapes? According to this study, ruminants consuming only grazed forages under appropriate management result in more carbon sequestration than emissions.

Holistic Management: Portfolio of Scientific Findings

The following portfolio that proves the principles behind Holistic Management includes peer-reviewed journal articles, theses and dissertations, and reports.

Special Report: Cows Save the World

Allan Savory describes how cows can save the planet using holistic management. It is time to regenerate. “We have to recognize that it was not livestock causing desertification; it was the way we managed them for centuries. And it is our management that has to change on private and public lands.”

Beyond the Beginning: The Zero Till Evolution

“Beyond the Beginning – The Zero Till Evolution” is a result of the continuing efforts and insights of farmers, scientists, extension and university specialists to understand the dynamics involved with zero tillage farming systems.

Food and Climate: Connecting the Dots, Choosing the Way Forward

Food & Climate: Connecting the Dots, Choosing the Way Forward, outlines the climate requirements for successful food production, and examines two competing food production methods – industrial and organic – to reveal how they contribute to climate change, how resilient they are in the face of escalating climate shocks, and how organic and related agricultural systems can actually contribute to solving the climate crisis.

Hungry for Land: Small farmers Feed the World With Less Than a Quarter of All Farmland

The other shock was to learn that, today, small farms have less than a quarter of the world’s agricultural land – or less than a fifth if one excludes China and India from the calculation. Such farms are getting smaller all the time, and if this trend persists they might not be able to continue to feed the world.

Soil Carbon Restoration: Can Biology do the Job?

This paper explains the problem of carbon dioxide buildup and climate change, how carbon can be taken out of the atmosphere and restored to the soil, and the advantages that can come to farmers and consumers from growing in carbon-rich soils.