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Farming as If the Earth Matters: Fighting Climate Change with Regenerative Agriculture

Kent Fairfield | Pennsylvania, United States

Organization: Kent Fairfield Photography

Journey’s End Farm, a small regenerative operation, in northeast Pennsylvania, owned by a third-generation farmer and his wife.

Reducing emissions of greenhouse gases lies at the crux of reversing climate change. Experts agree that organic farming is not only more natural and holistic for the planet but profoundly rehabilitates, or “regenerates,” degraded soils, which slashes the emission of greenhouse gases. Compared to conventional methods, this approach also reduces stormwater runoff and benefits the quality of air, ecosystems, animals, and humans. It grows food that is tastier and healthier.

This project pictures some small farms in eastern Pennsylvania that are practicing regenerative research and farming. Planting diverse crops and using manure and compost for fertilizer produces more nutritious crops. Such farming reduces greenhouse gas emissions to become a net absorber instead of an emitter. Regenerative agriculture is centered on a holistic philosophy and lifestyle that considers all living things, conservation of resources, and fairness to everyone from farmworkers to consumers.

The Biden administration has indicated its desire to reverse traditional policy by supporting more regenerative farming to reduce greenhouse gases. Consumers can contribute to the health of the soil and mitigate climate change, while eating better-tasting, more nutrient-dense food.

I believe that, aside from major wars, climate change is the most critical issue for the future of the planet.  Most public attention focuses on the need for renewable energy, electric vehicles, or reduction of plastics.  Less well-known is that agriculture today accounts for 10% of all global emissions of greenhouse gases.  Much of the world is beginning to devote more attention to how moving aggressively toward regenerative agriculture can make a substantial impact on emissions.

Kent Fairfield Photography

32 Durand Road

Maplewood, NJ 07040

201-704-1383

kentfairfieldphotography@gmail.com

www.kentfairfield.com

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