SESSION #1: How Does Regenerative Differ From Organic?

We will discuss the history and meaning of the two terms. How have chemical companies worked to discredit “organic” while also embracing the term “regenerative”? Can both of these groups use the word without confusion and compromise? Finally, which version of regenerative are the billions of dollars in USDA funding for “climate smart” supporting? Can chemical companies that promote “no-till” practices using herbicides and fertilizers really be “climate smart”?

In the face of powerful greenwashing, this session explores the question of how to promote a united, worldwide movement for a saner agriculture… and quickly!

SESSION #2: Is Tillage Evil?

There is a dogmatic push to move all farmers toward “no-till” practices for better soil health. But, are the concerns around tillage justified, given organic farmers have increased soil organic matter for decades with tillage and cover crops? “No-till” outside of organic agriculture includes the termination of cover crops with herbicides, along with the continued use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. An unexpected side-effect of this chemical “no-till” includes increased run-off of surface applied fertilizers, soil acidification, and greater herbicide use. This has led some scientists to wonder whether the focus on soil health should be centered around the use of synthetics instead of tillage.

In light of all these new findings, this session discusses what practices we should be encouraging farmers to adapt to mitigate climate change.


Mike Morris

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Andrew Brait

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Miguel Altieri

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Larry Jacobs

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Melissa Aronczyk

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Tom Willey

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Phil Foster

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Anna Jones-Crabtree

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Charlotte Vallaeys

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Kellee James

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Michael Pollan

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Glenn Elzinga

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Javier Zamora

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Ben Dobson

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David Bronner

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Dave Mortensen

Department Chair, Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems, University of New Hampshire Learn More ➔

Paul Hawken

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Emily Oakley

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Jeff Moyer

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Eliot Coleman

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Paul Muller

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Will Brinton

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