Making the transition to regenerative agriculture is going to be complicated. It requires looking at a situation in context, and acting accordingly. It’s a major challenge to ask farmers to adapt to new systems. But there’s a massive momentum for change, and we need to capture that moment and ensure it’s done right with knowledge, training, and financing.
Farmers can provide values for society - water availability, biodiversity, carbon capture. Climate Farmers created a model that when a farmer changes their practices in a way that creates that type of value, we as a society can finance that. We developed accounting systems and ways to quantify impact that pays farmers through carbon markets, insurance, and public payments, which creates a virtuous cycle.
Farmers also want to do the right thing for their land. But they or their peers may be stuck in a previous mindset. We provide examples of how a different system could look, and the largest community of vetted practitioners and experts to connect to. They can feel supported in that transition instead of isolated or even ridiculed because what they’re doing, like planting trees on their farm, looks different from what people are used to.
These changes on the ground also inform policy, so we launched a business alliance for regenerative agriculture - a group of people making incredible progress in policy and financing frameworks that many companies and bodies like the EU are beginning to rely on.