Regenerative Agriculture and the Care Economy
Updated: Sep 8, 2020
Mustardseed Trust is concerned with restoring the balance between humans and the planet. We envisage a world in which all beings live in partnership with the web of life. We seek to enable thought leaders and organisations across the world that care for the Earth and promote care economies for the well-being of all beings.
There is an increasing consciousness that with a better understanding of these caring economies, our depleting and extractive way of production can be turned to a regenerative, circular, and overall healthier way of life. We will go from an economy of production to an economy of care. An economy is driven by human inspiration. Our current inspiration is to produce. We need to get inspired to care for the earth being the source of wealth and our health.
As an organization, we want to remain open-minded and critical towards our impact areas and our current interventions within them. We are also mindful that we ‘do not know what we do not know’ and that we may have bias in certain interventions because of our current partnerships or strategy. It is simply that we tend to support to what we are exposed to.
How does Regenerative Agriculture contribute to the Care Economy?
Increasingly we have been exposed to regenerative agriculture and in ecosystem restoration. We are now beginning to understand how to restore the earth and at the same time enable it to produce an abundant diversity of healthy food. We are beginning to understand that the biome that inhabits the earth and our gut are interrelated and must live in a symbiotic state. If this symbiosis exists then we have a good immune system, or natural intelligence to handle the innumerable viruses, fungi, parasites and bacteria that normally live in harmony with each other.
We call this emerging understanding permaculture, biodynamic, regenerative, agroecology and a host of other names. We started to listen to inspirational stories how investing in regenerative agriculture shifts our finance towards caring for the planet. We are watching inspiring talks from thought leaders in the space, such as lectures from Gabe Brown or this iconic talk by Dan Barber.
In order to learn more about regenerative agriculture, in short 'regenag' or 'RA', we embarked on a mapping exercise of initiatives in South America and Africa; two regions that are often overlooked, host many small-holder farmers who are increasingly under pressure to scale or industrialize. Read more & download these reports that hold a wealth of information here:
Regenerative agricultural enables a care economy
We are convinced that regenerative agricultural practices contribute to a care economy as it:
>> Grows nutritious food that restores the mental and physical well-being of its consumers.
>> Takes care of the commons by responsible use and restoration of Earth, water, air, biodiversity, and climate.
>> Restores the balance and connection between people and the earth. It balances healthy guts and healthy soils. It moves this connection from domination to partnership.
>> Gives farmers hope, a sense of purpose and strengthens their autonomy.
>> Contributes to the resilience to global warming, as it also sequesters carbon.
>> Realizes long-term sustainable financial return and bring back jobs, business activity, and security. It increases the value of land and decreases dependency on current financial systems.