Chapter 15: Conclusions

Regenerative agriculture represents a set of methods and practices promising to be a large part of the solution to the future food security of the global population and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation of climate change. Most importantly, it can achieve this without economic or social cost. On the contrary, regenerative agriculture promises to be economically beneficial, especially to the small farmers, which are expected to be affected the most by climate change and its consequences.

However, this is a relatively complex practice requiring education of farmers, adoption of new, unfamiliar methods, and significant investment in new equipment. Therefore, the transition to regenerative agriculture practices has been slow, and it requires greater institutional support and incentives. The United States has a long history of incentivizing the agricultural sector to steer it in a direction required by the country’s long-term and strategic interests. Right now, one of the greatest long-term strategic interests of the U.S. people and its government is to ensure sustainable food security and mitigate the effects of climate change. Regenerative agriculture can be a vital tool in achieving these goals, without the great economic and social costs associated with other methods floated in the public to tackle these problems.

Therefore, it makes sense for the U.S. government to embrace regenerative agriculture as a long-term tool to ensure its food security, improve its national security, and combat climate change. Urgent legislative and political action is needed to promote and expand the adoption of regenerative agriculture across the nation and abroad.