A regenerative approach to food, fibre and farming is a world of new perspectives and new knowledge. Here is our curated reading and viewing list of some of the material we have found most relevant. The five items highlighted in yellow are our recommended starting points for a journey into this new foundation for all human societies. The list will evolve so do check back from time to time and see what we currently like. We have researched literally hundreds of articles, papers, etc so if you have any specific questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch and of course, feel free to share this with others!

A Regenerative Agriculture Library

Books, overviews, and summaries of regenerative agriculture: 

New Foundation Farms’ 8-page Regenerative Insight #1 which has been referred to as ”the best synthesis of the subject currently available”: (view here)

Brown G (2018) Dirt to Soil, Chelsea Green Publishing Company. (view here

Butterfield J, Bingham S. and Savory A. (2019) Holistic Management Handbook Third Edition: Regenerating Your Land and Growing Your Profits, Island Press. (view here

CPD (2012) Farming smarter, not harder: Securing our agricultural economy. Accessed 05.09.2020: https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/30677703.pdf  

Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2017) Achieving ‘Growth Within’. Accessed at https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/publications/achieving-growth-within 

Gore, A (2019) ‘We really need to wake up quickly’: Al Gore warns of a looming food crisis caused by climate change. The Washington Post. Accessed at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/this-is-really-dangerous-al-gore-warns-of-a-looming-food-crisis-caused-by-climate-change/2019/10/21/bd3eec7e-f1cf-11e9-89eb-ec56cd414732_story.html 

IPES-Food (2016) From uniformity to diversity: a paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems. International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food systems. Accessed at http://www.ipes-food.org/_img/upload/files/UniformityToDiversity_ExecSummary.pdf

Jones, C. (2017) Farming Profitably Within Environmental Limits. Accessed at http://amazingcarbon.com/JONES-FarmingProfitablyPUREADVANTAGE+REFS(21Feb18).pdf 

McMahon, P (2016) The investment case for ecological farming. SLM Partners. Accessed: 6.9.2020 at https://slmpartners.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/SLM-Partners-Investment-case-for-ecological-farming.pdf

Schwartz, J (2013) Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth, Chelsea Green Publishing Company. For more information: https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/cows-save-the-planet/

SavoryInstitute (2019) Regenerative Agriculture Fast Facts (a selection of scientific papers and articles: https://savory.global/?jet_download=8451

Soloviev E, Landau G (2016) Levels of Regenerative Agriculture. Terra Genesis. http://www.ethansoloviev.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Levels-of-Regenerative-Agriculture.pdf  

Videos on regenerative agriculture:

“Regenerating Soil with Diversity”: Brown, G (2018)one-hour video lecture: https://tinyurl.com/yxd8bvfq  

“How to fight desertification and reverse climate change”: 23-minute TedTalk by Allan Savory, A (2013): https://tinyurl.com/yxzg3l3b  

Research papers related to regenerative agriculture: 

Stanley P, Rowntree J et al (2018) Impacts of soil carbon sequestration on life cycle greenhouse gas emissions in Midwestern USA beef finishing systems. Accessed at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308521X17310338 

Bossio D, Cook-Patton S, EllisP et al. The role of soil carbon in natural climate solutions. Nat Sustain 3, 391–398 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-020-0491-z  

LaCanne, Lundgren (2018) Regenerative agriculture: merging farming and natural resource conservation profitably. PeerJ6:e4428; DOI 10.7717/peerj.4428 https://peerj.com/articles/4428/  

Lal, R (2020) Regenerative agriculture for food and climate. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. Accessed 6.9.2020 at https://www.jswconline.org/content/jswc/early/2020/07/31/jswc.2020.0620A.full.pdf 

Van der Ploeg,J et al. (2019) The economic potential of agroecology: Empirical evidence from Europe, Journal of Rural Studies. Accessed at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2019.09.003 

Ogilvy S, Gardner Met al. (2018) Report: Graziers with better profitability, biodiversity and wellbeing. Accessed at: https://www.vbs.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Graziers-with-better-profit-and-biodiversity_Final-2019.pdf 

Thomas, D (2003) A study on the mineral depletion of the foods available to us as a nation over the period 1940 to 1991. National Library of Medicine. Accessed at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14653505/ 

Xu S,Rowntree J et al. (2019) Ecological Health Index: A Short-Term Monitoring Method for Land Managers to Assess Grazing Lands Ecological Health. Environments 6, 67. Accessed at: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-3298/6/6/67  

UK Agricultural Policy and State of Play

UK Environment Agency (2019) Report: ”The state of the environment: soil”. (view here

National Audit Office (NAO) (2019) Early review of the new farming programme. (view here

Food, Farming & Countryside Commission (2019) Our Future in the Land. (view here


Our recommended watch list for talks, presentations and more that go straight to the heart of the matter.

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Walter Jehne’s Cooling the Climate Mess