What’s “regenerative”?

 

Regenerative

adjective | re·gen·er·a·tive |  rəˈjen(ə)rədiv

tending to or characterized by regeneration, i.e.

  1. re-creating or re-forming something
  2. renewal, rejuvenation, revival
  3. renewal or restoration of a body, bodily part, or biological system (such as a forest) after injury or as a normal process

Regenerative agriculture is a toolkit of farming practices that restore, rather than destroy, the land and ecosystems. They increase and enhance the existing conditions — biodiversity, soils, watersheds, as well as the social systems involved.

A regenerative consumer is someone who aligns her daily choices and purchasing decisions in a way that supports regenerative farms, farmers, and the producers who source their materials from them.

A regenerative lifestyle means sourcing one’s material needs from regenerative sources as much as possible — but also integrating the same principle of “regeneration” to all aspects of one’s life: using resources (water, energy, money, personal energy) in a way that rebuilds them rather than depletes them; eliminating pointless waste; doing what is nourishing and restores the vitality and joy of oneself, one’s community, and the wider ecosystem.