Author: Katharine Rooney, Senior Writer, Formative Content
Our soil is under threat.
With most of the food on our plate dependant on soil, its declining health is a major issue.
On his own North Dakota ranch, Brown started encouraging cover crops and avoiding tilling were he could – and has seen a boost in soil health. Farming in this way comes big benefits too – regenerative agriculture could deliver up to $1.4 trillion in increased crop production, without using any more land.
Failure to act isn’t just bad news for our food system, though. Loss of topsoil leads to more wildfires, droughts and floods – and accelerates climate change.
The 5 principles
As a result, Brown has developed 5 principles to mitigate the loss of top soil.
1. Minimise mechanical or chemical disturbance
2. Armour the soil
3. Promote diversity
4. Leave living roots in the soil
5. Use animals as nature intended
via This farmer used an age-old technique to save his soil and now his farm is prospering — The European Sting – Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology – europeansting.com