Regenerative agriculture is a ‘nonsense’ solution to climate change, soil scientist warns

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People need to “wake up” and realize regenerative agriculture is “just nonsense”, says Dr Doug Edmeades.

In fact, the Hamilton-based soil scientist is so concerned about regenerative agriculture that he is launching a speaking tour …. to warn Southland farmers [in New Zealand] about the practice.

Regenerative agriculture (RA) is a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming systems, focusing on topsoil regeneration and increasing biodiversity.

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There are vocal champions and opponents of regenerative agriculture, and Edmeades believed the champions were getting their message heard due [to] politics rather than science.

“Keeping soils covered, rotation of grazing – for heaven’s sake – we’ve been doing that for years. Where regenerative agriculture tries to make a difference, they talk about soil quality as if no one has ever talked about soil quality in their lives.”

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