Regenerative Agriculture & Justice Working Group

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American Sustainable Business Council has convened the Regenerative Agriculture and Justice working group to advance public policies for a more regenerative, just, and equitable food and agricultural system. This broad group of stakeholders brings together business leaders from industries throughout the agricultural value chain, advocacy organizations, and groups representing farmers, workers, and frontline communities

To guide this initiative, the working group established collectively developed and agreed upon shared principles. 

Download: Principles to Inform Regenerative Agriculture Recommendations, March 2021

If you are interested in joining this vital public policy working group, please contact Colton Fagundes to sign-onto these shared principles and learn how to get involved: cfagundes@asbouncil.org

This initiative has two main pillars: Regenerative Agriculture & Food Systems, and Justice & Equity in Agriculture. 

Regenerative Agriculture & Food Systems  

Regenerative agriculture is an approach to farming that uses a combination of practices like managed grazing, no or minimal tillage, composting, cover crops, and crop rotations. These practices restore soil health and ecosystem functioning to agricultural lands, providing various benefits for the farmer, the environment, and businesses. 

For the farmer:  

Regenerative agriculture increases crop yields, profits per acre, and resilience to extreme weather events while reducing input costs and providing multiple revenue streams.  

Quality products from regenerative farms can fetch higher prices in the market. 

For the environment:  

Regenerative agriculture is a key tool in building soil health, mitigating climate change, ensuring clean waterways, and preventing biodiversity loss. Notably, many studies have found that the carbon sequestration potential of improving soil health through regenerative agriculture could be significant.  

For businesses: 

Regenerative agriculture can provide a distinct marketing advantage. Across business sectors, companies are driving the growth of regenerative agriculture to attract new customers and demonstrate their commitment to sustainability which consumers increasingly demand. 

Regenerative agriculture can improve businesses’ supply chain resilience; essential against the growing threats of climate change, disease, and other business-disrupting crises. 

Justice & Equity in Agriculture 

ASBC’s campaign directly addresses social inequities within the agricultural system.  In building more regenerative systems, we aim to ensure that: 

Family farmers receive fair prices that cover the price of production and provide them with a decent livelihood; 

All farmers, especially historically underserved Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and women farmers, receive equitable access to markets and government farming programs; 

Food and agricultural workers receive living wages and have safe working environments.