On 11 May 2021, TABLE and LEAP facilitated a dialogue between Ken Giller (Wageningen University) and Yichao Rui (Rodale Institute) on the topic of Regenerative Agriculture. We asked: why is it taking the world by storm and what are the broader implications for farmers and food systems?
A dialogue on Regenerative Agriculture: Why is it taking the world by storm?
TABLE and LEAP present a dialogue on Regenerative Agriculture (RA) between Ken Giller (Wageningen UR) and Yichao Rui (Rodale Institute) moderated by Tara Garnett (TABLE).
We discussed the following topics:
- How is RA different from agroecology, organic, sustainable agriculture?
- What is meant by soil biological health? Is it important?
- How does RA tie in with debates about land-sparing and land-sharing?
We received more than 70 questions from the audience. The panellists generously agreed to write answers to some of these questions which we've posted here.
Some additional resources on Regenerative Agriculture:
- Ken Giller’s article Regenerative Agriculture: An Agronomic Perspective (2021)
- Rodale Institute white paper Regenerative Agriculture and the Soil Carbon Solution (2020)
- An article from The Counter on how RA is understood differently and how it may (fail to) advance equity
- Soil health—useful terminology for communication or meaningless concept? Or both? (Powlson, 2020)
- Feed podcast: Ken Giller on the Food Security Conundrum
- TABLE explainer: What is the land sparing-sharing continuum?