Regenerative Agriculture

The world’s food systems are responsible for over one-third of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, with 80% of emissions coming primarily from agricultural practices1.

Agricultural practices are responsible for a fair share of greenhouse gas emissions1. However, agriculture also offers a potential solution – pulling carbon out of the atmosphere to sequester it in soil. The focus is on continual improvement towards regenerating and revitalizing the soil and, by extension, the environment.

Strategies for Managing Soil Carbon

Agriculture, through progressive farm management, has the potential to hold and increase carbon in the soil, thereby reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere.

Canadian prairie pulse and oat farmers typically practice crop rotation, conservation tillage and use little or no irrigation. In addition, precision ag technology has allowed growers to apply inputs (fertilizer, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides) efficiently and judiciously.

Seeding regenerative agriculture field

Processing Pulses and Oats

Milling methods have a role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Avena is a dry miller – meaning that we use little or no water in our processing of raw materials. This requires less energy when compared to wet milling processes like fractionation. Dry milling produces no water waste stream and little or no by-products from the raw materials.

Partnering for safe, healthy diets and a sustainable world.

Avena has a three-phase multi-year sustainability project that involves all members of the value chain: farmers, suppliers, food manufacturers, researchers and civil societies. The focus is on field management methods that have the potential to regenerate and revitalize the soil and, by extension, the environment. This is regenerative ag in action!

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Footnote citations:
  1. Crippa M, Solazzo E, Guizzardi D, Monforti-Ferrario F, Tubiello FN, Leip A. 2021. Food systems are responsible for a third of global anthropogenic GHG emissions. Nat Food. 2:198-209. doi: 1038/s43016-021-00225-9