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Does the Regeneration Movement Have a Global South Problem?

In the last issue of Organic Bytes, we published an important article called “Does the Regeneration Movement Have a Race Problem?,” which raised long-overdue, important issues for the North American Organic and Regenerative Movement.

Today we’d like to call attention to the often overlooked fact that the three billion farmers and villagers of the Global South (especially Latin America, Africa, and Asia) are likely our best hope, not only for feeding most of the world, but for regenerating billions of acres of farmland, pasture, rangeland, and forests, sequestering billions of tons of excess carbon, both in soils and above ground, and reversing climate change.

In the last several issues of Bytes we have called attention to the incredible potential of native desert plants (Agave and Mesquite) in a revolutionary Mexican agroforestry system to sequester carbon, produce large amounts of fermented animal forage, and eliminate rural poverty. But throughout the Global South, not just in Mexico and other arid and semi-arid lands, there are agroforestry, reforestation, holistic livestock management, and ecosystem restoration practices with tremendous potential for reversing climate change, restoring biodiversity, and eliminating rural poverty.

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For more on the Global South’s potential for Regeneration, see Eric Toensmeier’s book The Carbon Farming Solution, published by Chelsea Green.

Here’s a chart by Toensmeier, showing how climate and soil conditions, accelerated photosynthesis, biodiversity, and traditional and indigenous practices in the Global South give these regions an important advantage over the Northern Hemisphere in terms of carbon sequestration and regeneration capacity.