The regeneration of agriculture: Research on the impact of a transition to regenerative agriculture in the Netherlands on sustainable development

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Conventional farming with high external inputs boosted agricultural productivity, but also caused ecosystem degradation all around the world. Sustainable food production must maintain high outputs to feed the growing population, while simultaneously reducing ecological pressure, land-use and emissions (Ranganathan et al., 2018). The Dutch government announced a €25 billion plan to bail out polluting livestock farmers close to nature conservation areas, but doesn't offer financial guidance to transform to more sustainable farm systems (Ottens, 2022). Regenerative farming can maintain or surpass food outputs and regenerate soils, minimise external water inputs and sequester carbon through with various regenerative practices and systems (Regeneration International, 2021). Most studies focus on the impact of regenerative farming on specific topics or overall sustainability, but don't make an effort to interconnect social and ecological sustainability impacts (Schreefel et al., 2020). Regenerative farming can foster more sustainable consumption patterns such as local consumption, plant-based eating and reduced food waste and simultaneously reduce the impact of farming to soils, water and air. A case-study on 4 regenerative farms is conducted to gather primary knowledge on regenerative farming to supplement, explain or reject hypotheses made in a literature analysis before making a conclusion about its potential for sustainable development.
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