In this episode of Covid Reboot Jamie discusses whether the coronavirus pandemic will accelerate the world switching over to more regenerative farming practices as the ‘new normal’ for the farming industry. We also look at whether people will change their eating habits as a result of more awareness around potential food safety risks.
Healthy, nutritious, organic food build better, stronger immune systems that are more resilient to fighting viruses. One of the more probable effects of Covid-19 and new hypervigilance around hygiene, is that we could expect to see food production, quality and safety move swiftly up everyone’s priority list.
Demand for organic food has been growing exponentially in recent years along with growth in vegetarian and vegan diets. Australia is a giant food bow and is theoretically self-sustainable when it comes to food supply, but most people don’t realise that the shiny, perfect-looking fruit and veg they buy in the supermarket has less nutrients that organic produce. What’s more, it is destroying soil health which means we may not have enough capacity for the next pandemic.
Regenerative Ag or Agriculture has become a very hot topic. Put very simply, it’s basically about farming practices that retain the health of the soil. Healthy soil = healthy crops = healthy people and animals that eat them. This method of farming focuses on rebuilding organic matter and living biodiversity in soil, which produces increasingly nutrient-dense food year after year – while also sequestering excess atmospheric carbon underground to reverse climate change.
Regenerative Ag is the total opposite to industrial and factory farming methods and is a potential force for addressing climate change and preserving the planet for future generations.
During Covid-19 we’ve seen a return to home cooking – we’ve had no option, and although it may have happened reluctantly, there’s no doubt that home cooked food is back in favour. We’ve also become more mindful about food waste. This is something we should all try and keep going as we come out of lockdown and also support local farmers trying to steward the land in the regenerative way. We should also be buying organic food wherever possible and supporting local farmer’s markets within our community.
Strengthening food production and distribution systems will be key in the future, anticipating and mitigating possible disruptions any global health crisis presents, to avoid panic-driven reactions that can aggravate disruptions in food security.
Kindly supported by Australian Organic Food Co