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News: Major food companies join to address climate change and healthy soils by creating a new standard focused on regenerative agriculture

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The Carbon Underground, Green America and various food industry partners are developing a new standard for regenerative agriculture. It is claimed that the standard will encourage farmers to restore soil and improve crop resilience and nutrient density.

The initiative will build on the definition of regenerative agriculture (PDF link) already developed by The Carbon Underground. Farmers, ranchers, soil scientists and certification experts will contribute to designing the new standard.

Read the full story here and a commentary piece from Civil Eats here. See also the Foodsource resource How do food systems affect land-use and biodiversity?

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North America is the northern subcontinent of the Americas covering about 16.5% of the Earth's land area. This large continent has a range of climates spanning Greenland’s permanent ice sheet and the dry deserts of Arizona. Both Canada and the USA are major food producers and some of the largest food exporters in the world. Industrial farms are the norm in North America, with high yields relative to other regions and only 2% of the population involved in agriculture.

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