For more than 20 years, American cattle farmer Will Harris depended on the conventional way of cultivating his livestock. Today, he holistically manages his 2,500-acre ranch located in Bluffton, Georgia. The ranch achieved no-waste operation even though it contains 10 species of livestock which are rotated around the pasture, making the soil healthier and more fertile without the use of chemical inputs.
This kind of livestock cultivation seems to be the equivalent of crop rotation in a plant-based agricultural setting. These regenerative agricultural practices not only enhance the status of the land but also serves as a carbon sink; a natural environment which has the capacity to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Because of this, the ranch was able to compensate for the carbon emission caused by beef production.
Various packaged food giants are jumping onto this regenerative agriculture bandwagon in hopes of reversing the effects of climate change. One of the Big Food corporations, General Mills, took the lead and expressed that they would apply the regenerative agriculture practice to 1 million acres (404,685.642 ha.) of land by 2030.
Regenerative farming can effectively store and reduce ground-water pollution, though scientists claim that it is not clear yet how much carbon can be pulled off the atmosphere and for how long it can be stored; but they generally agree that these techniques, when practiced together, can improve the condition of our environment.