Publish at January 11 2023 Updated January 11 2023

Learning together under the trees

Regenerative agriculture, agroforestry, back to the land

Autumn Nature

Learn to feed yourself

Global warming is disrupting production cycles, yields, and the living territories of plants. Olive oil will soon be routinely produced in the northernmost parts of Europe like this oil already pressed in Brittany. Chemical agriculture based on inputs that agribusinesses abuse in monotonous monocultures, eventually depletes the natural power of the soil to regenerate itself. (1) The water cycle is also affected and the precious liquid becomes scarce. Without water no human life is possible.

The competition of water uses between inhabitants, farmers, industrialists is well underway for example with the massive watering in Europe (e.g. corn, soybeans), or the installation of giant basins. Let's remember that corn is mainly used to feed livestock, whose industrial transformation full of additives and overconsumption has negative repercussions on health. The agro-industrial lobbies capture the attention and the budgets of the public authorities, to the detriment of the farmers, by the illusion that they feed the populations at a good price, while in reality they give them bad quantities to swallow with degraded nutrients saturated in sugars, salts, bad fats and oils. The obesity epidemic in the world is a testament to this.

The agro-industrial system is therefore depleting soils that are experiencing a loss of seed diversity, a weakening of yields per hectare and, also, a decline in biodiversity. Worms and insects1 are disappearing from the surface layers. More edifyingly, biodiversity is also affecting human organisms affected by the low diversity of microbes in the macrobiota essential for digestion. This decrease in diversity could result in a weakening of immune defenses (2) and a greater virulence of epidemics. A return to the living is emerging as a solution.

Learning agroforestry

The heat is becoming so intense on the planet that in many places it is burning the young shoots unwisely planted. The search for coolness is becoming an issue, agroforestry an avenue being investigated.

Many actors are emerging to propose solutions thus permaculture schools are being set up, greedy forests are being organized, city cores are trying to go green and that even cemeteries are turning into cinerary forests. All avenues are good to refresh our habitats and provide alternative food to that offered by industry.

The tree planting movement is becoming a leitmotif with also the intention of offsetting, at the very least, the incessant carbon spending. It's also fertile business ground for young entrepreneurs who have sniffed out a way to buy the good conscience of companies in need of ecological redemption.

Many private operators or associations have entered the reforestation market. Their promise is to offer carbon sinks to investors able to offset their emissions, but also to protect life through the protection offered by a vegetation cover. Thus "Let's Plant Trees," Reforestaction or Tree's everywhere offer services and advice on how to plant, refresh spaces, and feed people.

Alongside these investors or young entrepreneurs, older, more rural peasant associations preserve endemic varieties of plants and work to educate and train "new peasants" in the ways of arboriculture. For example Paysarbres teaches how to plant, prune, water, care for hedgerows, and rediscover the ancient gestures that honor plant life.

Learning Regenerative Agriculture

A "return to the land" or "rural immigration" accompanies this tree planting movement. After a disappearance of peasants in the face of agro-industrialists, a renaissance is perceptible. It is as much the work of urbanites who wish to settle in the countryside in market gardening projects and learn about agriculture, as it is of large groups who imagine making gains with new forms of enterprise.

This is how a phone operator like Free buys hectares to create a farmer's school, how Nestlé is committed to decarbonizing agriculture by setting a goal of sourcing 50% of its raw materials from regenerative agriculture by 2050, or how Unilever, Axa or Tihekau.

A quest for life is underway that embraces both individuals and major industrialists.


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1 - For the record, soil biodiversity is 25% of total biodiversity

2 - A low diversity microbiota is found in autism: 1 in 80 births in the US, 1 in 150 in Europe

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