3 December 2020

Unleashing Nature's Abundance:
With Regenerative Food Systems

If you've ever watched the animated movie, Ferngully: The Last Rainforest, ou've had a glimpse into a lush, thriving ecosystem, where every square inch is filled with life and growth. It's a vivid, verdant world where every plant has its place and purpose. Now, let's push the imagination a little further and envision a similar wilderness where everything is not only alive but also edible!

Imagine walking through a thriving landscape where you can pick a mango from a tree, pluck a star-fruit from a bush, or even forage for ackee or jackfruits. Yes, you've stepped into a regenerative food system, a diverse, sustainable, and resilient way of growing food that can transform our relationship with nature and our plates.

Historically, we've opted to clear forests for the sake of food production, replacing the rich biodiversity with the monotony of monoculture. But what if there's a better way? What if, by mimicking the structure of a natural forest, we could create a system that yields more, requires less labor, and bolsters biodiversity?

Let's clear up some misconceptions. A regenerative food system is NOT:
• Simply rows of trees. That's an orchard.
• Trees with some plants underneath. These are orchards with under-plantings.
• Alternating rows of trees and other plants. That describes inter-cropping in orchards.

As one of my art professors wisely stated, "There are no lines in life." Nature isn't a monoculture. It doesn't create vast swaths of a single species, nor does it plant in neat rows. Instead, nature thrives on diversity. A mixture of species supports each other, creating a natural synergy that boosts resistance to pests and diseases, and enhances productivity.

In essence, a regenerative food system is a crafted replica of a natural forest, filled with the food plants and trees we desire. Just like a real forest, it's self-sustaining, requiring no pesticides, herbicides, weeding, crop rotation, mowing, or digging. It's a low-maintenance, high-yield system that's all-natural, just the way nature intended.

So why not take a leaf out of nature's book? When you can cultivate an ecosystem that requires less work, provides more food, and enhances biodiversity, why would you grow your food any other way? It's time to embrace the beauty, bounty, and benefits of regenerative food systems and transform the way we grow and consume food. It's not just a way to eat; it's a lifestyle that respects and learns from nature.