The solution for a healthy planet lies beneath our feet
Soil plays a central role in regulating our ecosystems.
If we manage to increase the global carbon content of the soil by 2%, we will be able to hold back climate change. The key to this is renewable farming, which works with natural processes and conserves the planet’s resources such as water, soil and air.
Renewable agriculture actively supports our ecosystem, captures carbon from the atmosphere, creates healthier soils and thereby contributes to a healthier and more resilient planet.
Its all in the head
If we want to change global mindsets, we need to expand our view and understand the way plants grow, break down the disconnection between food production and consumers and develop a new relationship with nature.
As Climate Farmers, we implement and support self-regulating systems that protect biodiversity while producing healthy and nutritious food.
Core principles are:
Eat climate change
You can support farmers and their projects for a healthier planet through monthly contributions or invest in larger agricultural project co-investments. In return, you can literally eat climate change by enjoying vegetables or fruits from our partners in addition to various other benefits.
With a collective approach to a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle, we can positively impact agriculture and help farmers and consumers alike in their mission for a healthier future.
Natural processes are based on a diverse range of plants and animals working together and supporting each other. A healthy and resilient soil with a high biodiversity is the result.
Humans can engage in this symbiotic relationship, while contributing with sustainable agriculture practices to obtain high yield and a healthy soil.
High biodiversity can also reduce the risk of pests and diseases.
Cover crops add protection for the soil. They provide shade for the soil to keep water from evaporating and microorganisms from getting burned. Their cover prevents weed seeds from germinating and protects the soil against erosion.
Not only do they protect the soil from above, their roots also break open the soil, increasing water infiltration into the soil. As a result these soils can store much more water when it rains and become more resilient in a drought. When plants die, their bodies get composted and build more soil.
As plant roots grow down, they break open the soil, which makes it possible for air and water to enter deep into the soil. There are a lot of plants that act like nutrient pumps. They grow down very far, where they can reach minerals and other nutrients.
Through their roots, plants give sugars and other carbohydrates to microorganisms and fungi in the soil. In return plants receive nutrients and water from the organisms in the soil.
Thanks to this exchange at the root level, plants grow much better and can survive harsher conditions, and atmospheric carbon gets locked up in the soil organisms.
Animals are essential in every living system. Animal manure is an important step to bring nutrients back into the soil. When animals are grazing the land in the right rhythm, it encourages plants to grow back and store even more carbon in the soil.
The impact of animal hooves on soil, mix in biomass, which acts as food for microbes. It also creates small indentations that enable seeds and water to collect. Periodic grazing greatly increases health and carbon storage of fields.
Beneficial insects, pollinators, birds, worms and countless others are also part of the farm ecosystem. They provide ecosystem services for us to keep a healthy balance.