Regenerative agriculture – the soil is the base

Loekie Schreefel*, Rogier Schulte, I.J.M. de Boer, Annemiek Pas Schrijver, H.H.E. van Zanten

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Regenerative agriculture (RA) is proposed as a solution towards sustainable food systems. A variety of actors perceive RA differently, and a clear scientific definition is lacking. We reviewed 28 studies to find convergence and divergence between objectives and activities that define RA. Our results show convergence related to objectives that enhance the environment and stress the importance of socio-economic dimensions that contribute to food security. The objectives of RA in relation to socio-economic dimensions, however, are general and lack a framework for implementation. From our analysis, we propose a provisional definition of RA as an approach to farming that uses soil conservation as the entry point to regenerate and contribute to multiple ecosystem services.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100404
JournalGlobal Food Security
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


  • Regenerative agriculture
  • Circular agricultur
  • Organic agriculture
  • Literature review
  • Cultural domain analysis
  • Soil health


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