”What you see depends on how you view the world. To most people, this is just dirt. To a farmer, it’s potential.”
– Doe Zantamata
Climate change is a wicked problem because it is deeply systemic—interwoven across many systems that alter and influence one another in multiple ways. The current discourse on “solutions” for human-caused climate change is largely non-systemic and piecemeal. It is talked about in the narrow purviews of carbon dioxide levels and siloed issues that frame energy as separate from food and humans as distinct from nature.
This gap in the discourse is our opportunity for elevating regenerative farming to the status of “exemplar” for what systemic solutions might look like. Together, we can call into question the narrow technocratic conversation about greenhouse gas emissions and simultaneously raise the bar on what is an acceptable set of criteria for anything worthy of being called a solution to the climate crisis.
At the heart of this narrative strategy is the community of farmers around the world who can lead the way in showing what a regenerative economy looks like in very practical terms.