What do you mean by biodiversity?
Biodiversity describes the variety of living things in any given ecosystem. Regenerative agriculture stimulates biodiversity in the soil — including roots, mycorrhizal fungi, bacteria, worms and insects — and above it, encouraging plants, wildlife (like beneficial species of birds and pollinating insects), and all living things to thrive in harmony with nature.
As our colleagues at Dr. Bronner’s put it: “Soil is not merely dirt — an inert medium — but a dynamic living membrane.” Fertile, carbon-rich soil not only fights global warming by pulling carbon out of the atmosphere, it also:
- Retains more water
- Helps plants naturally ward off pests and disease
- Increases the nutrient density of food
- Builds up fire and flood resilience
Regenerative agriculture works to mimic nature, returning the land to its untouched state by moving away from the fossil-fueled practices of modern industrial agriculture. This encourages species to return to their native habitats and re-balance the delicate ecosystems of the planet.