Regenerative farming and the benefits for the leather industry

The concept of regenerative farming, also known as regenerative agriculture, is gaining traction as a hopeful solution for promoting sustainable agricultural practices and moving towards more sustainable food production and consumption. Unlike conventional farming methods, regenerative agriculture prioritizes soil health, biodiversity, and restoring ecosystems. While it’s commonly associated with food production, its principles also have the potential to transform other industries, including leather production.

What is regenerative farming? A definition.

Regenerative agriculture or regenerative farming is a model of crop or livestock production that uses a variety of practices to restore and conserve ecosystems connected to the land. At the same time, it seeks to increase productivity and mitigate environmental impacts like climate change and biodiversity loss.

Regenerative agriculture is an alternative way of raising crops and animals that, by working with natural systems, ensures the long-term viability and resilience of the land to continue to provide for generations to come. It both encompasses traditional, proven practices as well as innovation in management, measurement and practice. The focus on restoration and regeneration of nature is about ‘doing more good’ through agriculture, rather than just ‘less bad’[1].

Source: Leather Naturally

Why is regenerative farming important for the leather industry?

Leather, as a by-product of the meat-industry, begins its life as a raw material on a farm or rangeland. The future of the leather industry is therefore inextricably linked with the future of agriculture. Regenerative farming practices can contribute to a more sustainable leather industry by improving biodiversity and restoring and conserving the ecosystems essential for the production of hides (as a raw material for leather production).

Regenerative farming practices can be a powerful nature-based solution, driving a transition with positive environmental and social impacts in the leather supply chain.

By embracing regenerative farming principles, the leather industry can catalyze a shift in creating a socially and environmentally sustainable leather value chain.

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