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29.11.2021

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In regenerative agriculture, you only have to prove that you areimproving your soil. So, with none of the organic certification?s prescriptive rules ,it is susceptible to being hijacked by big agriculture! However, James Raebeck and others, in this BBC program explain the benefits of reg ag when practiced holistically. This section sums up the benefits of mob grazing.

?I was a young guy and I let my cows have my whole farm. They ate mywhole farm down till it looked like a black top road. There wasn?t anyforage left out there? a relative told me to see a guy down the road ?he?s got grass and you don?t. I visited this guy ? he had 5 times morecattle than I did, the same amount of land than I did, and he had grasseverywhere. He told me about rotational grazing and the importance ofrest. To chew it off a little bit, don?t let them take more than halfand get them off there to let the grass come back. The cow herd is movedmorning noon and night 360 days of the year so you are constantlytrying to keep a litter bank, some kind of organic matter trampled onthe surface to feed all your soil microbes, keeps the soil covered so itstays cooler and if you get a big heavy rain, you have this beautifulcarbon thatch laying on the ground. It catches the rain and holds itright where you need it. It doesn?t run off the property. Think of itlike this; you are giving your animals a fresh salad bar every day.

Source: https://farmsnotfactories.org.

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