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Future farming systems must achieve ecological, social, economic and spiritual regeneration. Regenerative agriculture aims to restore landscape function through management practices that minimise or eliminate the use of synthetic fertiliser and pesticides; achieve sustainable production; mitigate and adapt to climate change; improve the natural resource base and how we account for it; achieve effective nutrient cycling; improve water availability; improve soil health; increase biodiversity; and achieve an appropriate balance between productivity and profitability. Social and spiritual regeneration may also be addressed explicitly. New business models are being created. Furthermore, much of the innovation underpinning regenerative agriculture is being undertaken by grassroots landholders, practiced by First Nations people or inspired by their knowledge, and supported by professional researchers, in a complex “research ecology” with attendant challenges and opportunities. Papers are invited on any aspect of regenerative agriculture, including the concept itself, technology, science, management practices, economics, supportive policy approaches, agronomics, behaviour change, ethics, and knowledge creation and learning.
Margaret Gollagher, Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, School of Design and the Built Environment ,Australia
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