Suston Magazine | New Year’s Resolution on Regenerative Agriculture

For Textile Exchange’s Beth Jensen, going beyond just doing less damage to actually restoring the health of the planet with regenerative approaches provides reason to look forward to the New Year.

As I reflect on 2021 and look to the year ahead, a concept gives me hope for the difficult but urgent system change we need to address the climate and biodiversity crises we face. : regeneration.

Interest in regenerative agriculture in the clothing and footwear industry has exploded in recent years. This is not a new concept; it is how indigenous and indigenous peoples cultivated for centuries before extraction practices became dominant. In regenerative systems, the benefits extend far beyond environmental impacts, also encompassing animal welfare, social justice, the livelihoods of farmers and communities, etc.

It embodies the holistic mindset that we will need to avoid and rectify the mistakes of our past. The answers are rarely in black and white; there is no one-size-fits-all solution. We must collectively adopt a common understanding of the interdependence of systems. We have to become comfortable with the nuance.

Textile Exchange to Release Report in Early 2022 to Help the Apparel, Textiles and Footwear Industry Understand the Subject of Regenerative Agriculture; Paul Hawken’s book Regeneration: ending the climate crisis within a generation is also excellent for a wider view. And of course, spending time in nature is always the best motivation to preserve, restore and regenerate this planet that gives us life.

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