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Suston Magazine | Regenerative Agriculture New Years Resolution

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For Textile Exchange’s Beth Jensen, going past merely doing much less harm to really restoring planetary well being with Regenerative approaches supplies a cause to hope within the New Year.

As I mirror on 2021 and look forward to the yr to return, one idea provides me hope for the tough however pressing methods change we have to deal with the local weather and biodiversity crises we face: regeneration.

Interest in regenerative agriculture inside the attire and footwear business has exploded over the previous a number of years. This is just not a brand new idea; it’s the method indigenous and native folks have been farming for hundreds of years earlier than extractive practices turned dominant. In regenerative methods, the advantages prolong far past environmental impacts, additionally encompassing animal welfare, social justice, livelihoods of farmers and communities, and extra.

This embodies the holistic mindset we’ll want so as to keep away from and rectify the errors of our previous. Answers are not often black and white; there isn’t a single resolution. We should collectively embrace a shared understanding of the interconnectedness of methods. We should grow to be comfy with nuance.

Textile Exchange will launch a report in early 2022 to assist the attire, textile, and footwear sector perceive the subject of regenerative agriculture; Paul Hawken’s guide Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation can also be wonderful for a broader view. And after all, spending time in nature is at all times the most effective motivation to protect, restore, and regenerate this planet that provides us life.