Some 12,000 years ago, our ancestors in the Fertile Crescent turned from being hunter-gatherers to farming. Today, agriculture consumes one-third of global land use and food production creates roughly15% of global greenhouse gas emissions. We've become dependent upon farming; and how we choose to farm now, will surely determine the future of humanity.
By increasing biodiversity through using cover crops, integrating wild and domesticated animals, and minimizing or eliminating tillage, Regenerative Farming creates healthy soil that keeps water and carbon in the ground as part of their natural cycles. Our guest, Chef Mollie Engelhart of Sage Plant Based Bistro & Brewery, Sow a Heart Farm [http://sowaheart.com], and the regenerative farming organization, Kiss the Ground, joins us today to relate her experience starting as a chef and restaurant owner to running her own farm.
By supporting food production biologically without toxic chemicals, Regenerative Agriculture serves the ecosystem and the health of all living things. Some assert it can reverse climate change which is no surprise to those who understand soil and its vital importance to planetary health. The Regenerative Organic Alliance has a motto: Farm like the world depends on it.
Mollie Engelhart is an organic vegan chef from Los Angeles who founded Sage Plant Based Bistro [http://sageveganbistro.com] that became committed to managing the organic waste from her restaurant so she started her own regenerative farm called Sow a Heart. Mollie recently purchased a 200 acre ranch in Bandera, Texas, to continue her commitment to food sovereignty and create community around resilient local food systems.
Carry Kim, Co-Host of EcoJustice Radio. An advocate for ecosystem restoration, indigenous lifeways, and a new humanity born of connection and compassion, she is a long-time volunteer for SoCal350, member of Ecosystem Restoration Camps, and a co-founder of the Soil Sponge Collective, a grassroots community organization dedicated to big and small scale regeneration of Mother Earth.