Regenerative Agriculture & the Circular Economy: Rethinking Food Systems and Food Miles Using Urban Agriculture and Integrated Permaculture for Sustainable Supply Chains

"More than a mere alternative strategy, regenerative agriculture represents a fundamental shift in our culture's relationship with nature." The future of food and cities use space, people, and buildings to maximize value, rethinking our commercial food systems and creating food sovereignty, defined as the right of people to have healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. Our food systems are broken. The benefits of urban agriculture and decentralized food systems puts the needs of those who produce, distribute and consume food in the center.

There is a business case for the reducing "food miles" using Urban Agriculture and Circular Cities. It can take +1.5k miles to get food farm to table in the US, where 60-70% of the cost of your food goes to production inputs. Imagine a world where city and suburban agriculture takes the form of backyard, roof-top and balcony gardening, community gardening in vacant lots and parks, roadside urban fringe agriculture and livestock grazing in open space. From bio-walls, to edible landscapes, and “gardens-as-a-service," the transition to a circular economy and sustainable world includes leveraging Urban Agriculture and Regenerative Farming techniques.The revolution starts at the ground. We can design a better future with zero waste, equality, and transition to soil-to-soil approaches to unite people and our planet.

This is the 2nd part of a discussion exploring the principles of regenerative agriculture in the circular transition, including the benefits integrated permaculture that provides an environmental-social-economic framework for sustainable business, urban agriculture and holistic design, going local, integrating food education in public schools, the importance of communities, and how you can get started in your journey rethinking food and food security. Learn more about how we can design a better future.

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Sheri R. Hinish
Sheri R. Hinish
SupplyChainQueen ® | Executive Advisor and Change Leader | IBM Executive | Passionate about Supply Chain, Sustainability, Innovation, and Inclusive Leadership|

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